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

 

  • Black_Hawk

    bout time liles got recalled imo

  • 17Forever

    Wow . . .Snow is a TOOL !!! what a horrible trade for Islanders

  • 17Forever

    I don’t believe I would ever trade with Buffalo. Not the last few years any way. They seem to always win the Deal

  • 17Forever

    Yes Firing Mr. Ruff was a horrible blunder but as far as trades go Buffalo is a power house.

  • .JVR.

    dlb eh 
    Or JML just sits for the road trip and gets sent down when it’s over.

  • JoeLeaf

    Pent_House I’d say that too if we weren’t paying Ranger 1m and Liles what 3.5?

  • JoeLeaf

    dlb eh TheCanucksnaphook Didn’t we have Glencross at one point?

  • JoeLeaf

    Dan39 djamon If we get him for Bernier money or a bit more why would we downgrade to someone of less quality when clearly we need two good goaltenders? A GREAT player in every position is just that. I mean, isn’t that what every team is looking for?