Morning Mashup: Liles recalled

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Good morning Leafs fans, another week is upon us and it sees the Blue & White heading west to take on Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver.

Bozak has been placed on the Injured Reserve, which – regardless of what you think about the de-facto first line centre – is a blow to this Leafs team. I would expect Kadri to continue to fill in at his position for the time being, but I’m also hoping that a little more ice time combined with a higher quality set of linemates leads Kadri to get in a bit of a groove. Kadri is the team’s most-skilled centerman, and he needs to produce if this banged-up team is to continue to build on their strong start.

Elsewhere in the Atlantic division, the Buffalo Sabres traded Tomas Vanek to the Islanders in what is likely the first of many trades as the Sabres dismantle their team and aim low for a good draft pick this season.

Breaking News: The Leafs have just recalled John-Michael Liles from the Marlies – an extra defenseman for the Western road trip and a nice opportunity to get back among the team for Liles, who took the whole demotion thing pretty well. Likely means Kulemin will remain on LTIR for the time being.

Some links on this sunny Monday morning:

Mirtle’s piece on the opportunity Kadri has with Bozak out of the lineup
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/leafs-beat/leafs-injuries-open-hole-for-kadri-to-shine/article15113075/

Shoalts’ post-game article on Saturday’s win over the Penguins
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/leafs-beat/shoalts-leafs-get-shutdown-effort-from-bolland-and-phaneuf/article15103105/

TSN with a quick injury update on the Leafs
http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=435154

Ulmer’s blog on MapleLeafs.com about often under-appreciated Carl Gunnarsson
http://blog.mapleleafs.com/the-invisible-man-the-carl-gunnarsson-story/

TSN’s story on the Vanek trade
http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=435220

 

  • Uncle Otis

    Gilbey93 
    Blue Rodeo,Tragically Hip, Neil Young, Rush….loved and supported
    And many more too.

  • The_Irv

    Gilbey93 TheCanucksnaphook 
    Haha I don’t hate Canadian artists, I just more so dislike some of the ‘Newer’ type of music lol. I think the main issue is popular music these days is pretty terrible lol. 
    Neil young, Blue Rodeo etc etc – fantastic 
    And somewhat younger bands like Sam Roberts are great, but they don’t get the same fame that the pop artists get around the world these days

  • Leafs rule

    Gilbey93 TheCanucksnaphook  Yea nickelback now your talkin

  • vinoa

    Leafs rule Wait Celine Dion’s making gangsta rap?!?

  • dlb eh

    Uncle Otis 
    Guess Who, April Wine … your turn …

  • djamon

    vinoa You keep looking at things with Komi with the benefit of hindsight. AT THE TIME Komi started sucking everyone was willing to make excuses for him…he’s trying too hard, his shoulder is still messed up, the system is killing him…etc. It went on for well over a year before we realized that he just sucks.
    IMO, the same is happening with Ranger. He just sucks. He may not suck quite as much as Komi, but he sucks nonetheless. And we’re too good a team, and have too many options on the backend, to put up with it.

  • vinoa

    Uncle Otis Gilbey93 I like the Barenaked Ladies. They have a pretty unique sound. Don’t know if they’ve done anything new.

  • Leafs rule

    vinoa Leafs rule I dunno re Celine ,give that ol time rock and roll from the 70 s b4 a game and Im happy

  • dlb eh

    Dan39 
    i don’t agree with that necessarily.
    Brennan has done well to produce points, Liles has done well in every other aspect of the game, including controlling the tempo of the game often.  Brennan has the big shot and has those all or nothing rushes.  Liles has looked sharp but has not created the offensive chances you’d expect from all the good play.
    he still gets shots through from the point and is a good defensive player despite what people say.  i hope JML is able to play with some confidence for the Leafs, he could look real good again.  here’s hoping.

  • dlb eh

    CanuckUKinToronto 
    what’s the point?  99% of the people answering won’t have a damned clue how either have been playing…oh wait…Brennan scored a lot, i pick him.  and Liles was cut and sucks and should have been bought out and traded because he sucks.

  • Uncle Otis

    TheCanucksnaphook 
    Don’t you know he started from the bottom?
    Yes,the mean streets of Toronto Canada 😉

  • vinoa

    djamon Fair enough. By the end of the year we may be seeing things differently. I’m still willing to wait a few more weeks before we say he’s a complete bust. I mean if we could let our captain play top minutes with AHLers, we can surely see if a former top 4 Dman who’s still young could potentially give us one of the best bottom pairings in the league. I think that when Fraser comes back, he and Ranger might be able to give us a really solid shutdown pairing. Fraser might be the only guy defensively sound enough to cover for Ranger’s risks.

  • djamon

    vinoa I certainly hope you’re right. I’m really pulling for this guy.

  • dlb eh

    Gilbey93
    These Eyes and No Sugar – fucking great tunes to belt out with a group full of pals.  follow it up with some American Woman air guitar and the kids can groove to Shakin All Over
    there’s plenty to get the kids on board

  • Uncle Otis

    TheCanucksnaphook 
    Wouldn’t know his music from any other rap crap…but I’ll take your word for it haha

  • dlb eh

    Gilbey93 
    i’d rather do Miley, but to each their own

  • DARF24

    TheCanucksnaphook I really see miller going to MIN with harding/backstrom coming back + prospects

  • DARF24

    TheCanucksnaphook Surprised Minny didn’t push hard to get vanek

  • Dan39

    TheCanucksnaphook Auction for Ryan Miller? Surely Nonis has Reimer being a part of that discussion. You could argue even that salary-wise Reims is the bargain of the two.

  • Dan39

    TheCanucksnaphook Dan39 Hah, pleasant thought.

  • djamon

    dlb eh I wouldn’t stick my dick in that if you paid me. Herpes is for life.

  • DARF24

    Dan39 TheCanucksnaphook Im keeping riemer thank you very much. I wouldnt trade either of them until I know who’s the real deal. not sold on beirnier at all

  • dlb eh

    TheCanucksnaphook 
    says Flames might trade Glencross.  interest, yes.

  • DARF24

    dlb eh TheCanucksnaphook probably to PHI, silly holmgrem

  • djamon

    Dan39 Reimer’s not going anywhere this year. Isn’t it obvious we still need him?

  • Great Dane

    TheCanucksnaphook Moulson and in the summer Vanek is probably gone too.   Nielsen (as much as I like this guy) is not a PPG player neither is Okposo.  Isles are still only 4-4-3 with 2 or 3 guys playing way above their level.
    Isles is fall down again and why would Tavares stay there – it is a waste for the NHL to have him on Long Island. Just imagine the merchandise he would sell in Toronto.

  • Pent_House

    DARF24 TheCanucksnaphook If they think he’s coming regardless why give up assets now, when you can get him for free in the off-season

  • dlb eh

    djamon
    sounds like you think it’s up to you haha

  • DARF24

    Pent_House DARF24 TheCanucksnaphook true enough,

  • dlb eh

    DARF24
    you don’t like CG on the Leafs?  he’s kinda what we’re missing up front, other than faceoffs.

  • Pent_House

    Hopefully JML means the end to Paul Ranger

  • Mind Bomb

    TheCanucksnaphook Pent_House Christ he said it all the time :)))

  • Dan39

    Pent_House Oh fuck, now you’re going to start in on him again heh

  • DARF24

    snow has gone awol, time to strike now!
    Nonis: you guys need a #1 C to paly with vanek, and recoup those assets you lost.

    To NYI: Bozak + 1st +2nd
    to TOR: Jonny T

    And I’ve awoken.

  • Pent_House

    TheCanucksnaphook Pent_House He’s definitely been getting better no doubt about it, but I think JML is a superior d-man

  • dlb eh

    Pent_House 
    i’d say that too if i didn’t want Ranger to prove me wrong

  • Airfreshener

    DARF24 Where do I sign……

  • dlb eh

    DARF24 
    if JT can say bye to his bff so can Kessel?

  • DARF24

    dlb eh DARF24 Well hes getting closer to him, TOR play Buff more then NYI :)

  • DARF24

    TheCanucksnaphook DARF24 I do that for stammer, Id have to think hard for JT

  • dlb eh

    TheCanucksnaphook 
    throw in Biggs, Broll and Kutcher and Leivo and Brown, White and Green too

  • dlb eh

    DARF24 
    i prefer JT

  • sniperstar

    I hope Liles plays with a chip on his shoulder.

  • DARF24

    TheCanucksnaphook DARF24 yeah your right, gards can be replaced by reily

  • Jay31

    DARF24 Tavares would be ecstatic.. He would become a god here

  • Dan39

    djamon Dan39 Hey, I like Reimer, but I have a feeling he ain’t going to be around past this season if he even makes it that far. Contract up at the end of the season and he’s going to need a good raise from the $1.6M he’s making now. I think you have to at least have to have a line into the market to see what you could get for him.

  • dlb eh

    Rielly gets a seat, JML plays
    Ranger gets a seat, Fraser plays
    EDM – Liles for Gagner

  • dlb eh

    DARF24 
    Rielly replaces Gards, but there’s still a hole where Rielly was

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  • Leafs rule

    TheCanucksnaphook Gilbey93re their crap lol then click her eMr   FUCin net u suc 
    http://safeshare.tv/w/PKYPTOarUx