Thursday Practice: Carlyle presser, Smithson in, Gardiner-Franson reunited

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Tuesday’s practice lines with Jerred Smithson in the fold:

On defence, Gardiner-Franson has been reunited with Gardiner moving back to his natural left, while the returning Mark Fraser joined Paul Ranger on the bottom pair. Gardiner-Franson was the team’s second pairing in the playoffs and the tandem was really effective at moving the puck against the Bruins. Franson was playing better defence in the playoffs than he has been in recent games, but his ability to take care of business in the defensive zone and make a D-to-D pass over to Gardiner to orchestrate the breakout seemed to be an effective combination; and once on the offensive zone blueline, this is a really dangerous pairing. Let’s hope Gardiner’s presence helps Franson settle in as Rielly-Franson was an up-and-down pairing.

The suggestion based on the practice pairs is that Morgan Rielly will sit tomorrow night against the Devils.

Smithson interviews after Thursday practice:

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  • Black_Hawk

    Reilly Out?

  • Black_Hawk

    Finally put gardner and Franson back together

  • Tim Horton

    We look like a one line team right now.

  • mr_hanie

    Tim Horton  
    The Senators a a one line team..so Leafs should be OK

  • .JVR.

    Tim Horton 
    Raymond/Kadri/Clarkson makes us a two line team

  • lieffan

    Tim Horton I would hope Raymond, Kadri and Clarkson makes us more than that.

  • lieffan

    Black_Hawk ’bout time. I would imagine Tony Petrielli is pleased

  • Tim Horton

    .JVR. Tim Horton Kadri and Lupul make a dynamic duo. Clarkson and Raymond are fringe 2nd/3rd liners on a good team.

  • dlb eh

    Black_Hawk 
    yeah, not trying him as a 1c after all

  • lieffan

    Tim Horton .JVR. Clarkson is so screwed in trying to live up to that deal. Jesus

  • .JVR.

    Tim Horton
    Last time I checked, Clarkson was playing in the Top Six for the Devils when they went to the Cup Finals a couple of years ago.  
    Doesn’t sound like a fringe 2nd/3rd liner to me!

    Also, I’m not 100% sure what line Raymond played on when the Canucks went to the Finals, but something tells me it was on the 2nd line with Kesler.

  • Tim Horton

    @lieffan Tim Horton .JVR. Hes a good 3rd liner. I don’t fault him for making money while he could.

  • Jordan29

    I guess that lineup looks manageable for now. We really need to start off with a win though to keep the fans off the ledge

  • lieffan

    Jordan29 We’re not already teetering off of it?

  • Airfreshener

    @lieffan Jordan29 9/18 Wheels!

  • Tim Horton

    .JVR. Tim Horton It was a good situation for him. I am not just trying to bash anyone. I would just rather have a duo of 
    JVR Kessel
    Kadri Lupul
    McClement Clarkson 
    IMO its obviously better than what we are running now, I doubt you could argue that. Clarkson is not as gifted offensively as the others in that top 6.

  • lieffan

    Tim Horton .JVR. Fault’s not with the player obviously, Nonis signed it

    Although… from the player perspective…

    Guess you’ll never walk away from big money when it’s on the table, but I would be much more tempted to sign for a million/mil-half less a year and keep my reputation in tact. So many otherwise good NHL players become total laughingstocks because of their contracts.

  • rustynail

    CanuckUKinToronto Reimer has a pretty good track record against NJ

  • Burtonboy

    .JVR. Tim Horton I actually like that line a lot. Playing with Kadri will take Clarksonaway from the shutdown role Carlye had him playing since he came back form suspension

  • .JVR.

    Burtonboy
    Same with me and the Kulemin/McClement/Bodie line should be a capable shutdown line.

  • Burtonboy

    CanuckUKinToronto Bernier said in his interview he’s playing tomorrow night …unless I heard it wrong

  • ProfessorRance

    Great interview with Smithson. Seems like he has something to prove. Our fourth line is going to play with some jam that’s for sure.

  • .JVR.

    CanuckUKinToronto 
    A year or two 😉

  • Burtonboy

    .JVR. Burtonboy Would rather Ashton then Bodie but he has another game to go before he canplay

  • mr_hanie

    CanuckUKinToronto Reilly is not a top 4 D-man. Reilly was hurting Franson’s play

  • .JVR.

    Burtonboy
    Same here and he’ll probably be in the lineup Saturday night vs. the Bruins.

  • GeorgeCastanza

    Smithson is just beaming. Good for him. make the best of what you got and you’re back in the NHL if only for a short while although you never know .

  • theacs1966

    Jordan29 Some of that is because there’s a year between games and we lost the last one.  Had we lost to Calgary and beat Van, we wouldn’t be as uptight.  I’m just gonna take a hit from my crack bong and relax.

  • rustynail

    CanuckUKinToronto Jordan29 probably cause he isn’t logged in and is posting as a guest

  • mr_hanie

    CanuckUKinToronto mr_hanie Correct, Franson and Reilly somehow did not mesh

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    Pretty sure Michael Doers was the key to this deal :)https://twitter.com/NHLhistorygirlhttps://twitter.com/NHLhistorygirl/status/398556341142183936
    On this date in 1988, https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Habs&src=hash traded John Kordic and a 1989 sixth round pick (Michael Doers) to https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Leafs&src=hash in exchange for Russ Courtnall.

  • djamon

    ingy56 Good ol’ John Brophy.

  • Alec Brownscombe

    CanuckUKinToronto Jordan29 Yeah, that’s a guest profile. Need not worry, the banhammer can demolish trolls, guest or not.

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    djamon ingy56 Did you happen to see the article about the guys from that team dropping in on Broph a few weeks back? Apparently he’s not doing so well and he’s in a home in Nova Scotia. He’s 80 now.

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    https://twitter.com/MapleLeafshttps://twitter.com/MapleLeafs/status/398562838735622144
    These game-used https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Leafs&src=hash sticks will be used by the orthotics dept. https://twitter.com/sickkids to seperate patients’ casted legs http://t.co/2YUgKce9tY

  • Alec Brownscombe

    I posted this at like 1am this morning, so some may have missed it.
    I touched up the About MLHS page (http://mapleleafshotstove.com/about/) and was hoping to complete it by adding some testimonials from some of the regulars here. Just a few words on what your experience on MLHS has been like over the years.
    Submit to [email protected]

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    Alec Brownscombe MLHS provides some of the most balanced analysis of the Toronto Maple Leafs on the net. The writers contribute a high level of insight about the game that helps fuel a community of well informed diehard fans. Greatest Leafs fan site around, one I am very proud to say I am a part of.

  • .JVR.

    Off topic, but it’s a sad day in Southern Ontario.
    http://www.htzfm.com/news/2013/11/07/mourning-a-rock-radio-legend
    RIP Iron Mike Bensson

  • Archie Vanlanda

    Alec Brownscombe I like it a decent amount.

  • Airfreshener

    .JVR. holy shit….

  • Jordan29

    Alec Brownscombe Since 2008, I have had the pleasure to come to MLHS regularly and hang out with the best group of people you could ever ask for on the internet. We started out small, with just a few people, but now are welcoming more and more each day. Easily the best Maple Leafs site going

  • theacs1966

    .JVR. Who is that?

  • lukethenuke

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  • .JVR.

    Dangle_My_Berries
    I’d get arid of the “some” part of that statement.
    MLHS provides the most balanced analysis of the Toronto Maple Leafs on the net.

  • lukethenuke

    Jordan29 Alec Brownscombe put me down for this… literally took the words outta my mouth here word for word

  • .JVR.

    Jordan29
    Ditto

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    .JVR. Dangle_My_Berries your right. ….my edit counter his timed out thought : (

  • lukethenuke

    Alec Brownscombe Im saying MLHS is too good for testimonials! LOL

  • Komas Taberle

    Smithson was always hard to play against in Nashville . I am hoping that sticking him between Orr and McLaren will make him even more nastier, that could be a very abrasive 4th line.

  • .JVR.

    theacs1966
    Was the morning DJ at 97.7 HTZ FM and moved to the “drive-home” segment recently.
    Gotta think anybody who grew up or even lived in the Niagara Region for any period of time over the past couple of decades would know who he is.