Monday Mashup: Bozak set to return?

Monday Mashup: Bozak set to return?

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The Leafs pulled out a win in the shootout Saturday over Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals to move to 14-8-1 on the season, good enough for second place in the Atlantic division. Sitting three points back of the Boston Bruins and in a tie with Tampa (Leafs ahead on goal differential tie-breaker), this week is an important one for the Leafs as they approach a real tough stretch of games in early December. This week sees Columbus in town Monday, Wednesday at Pittsburgh, and closing with a back-to-back in Buffalo and Montreal, Friday and Saturday respectively.

Pulling points out of the games this week will be vital for the Leafs to maintain their position in the division, with Columbus, Buffalo and Montreal all sitting below Toronto in the standings. Despite the fairly ridiculous slew of injuries the Leafs have withstood through the first quarter of the season, the Leafs have managed to get by on a combination of arguably the strongest goaltending tandem in the league and, while maybe not recently, timely scoring. James Reimer was incredible on Saturday, only beaten on a pretty insane shot from Ovechkin in the third period. The ever-popular Tyler Bozak will likely make his return on Monday after being a somewhat surprising late scratch for Saturday’s game. Head Coach Randy Carlyle has been consistently rolling new acquisition Peter Holland out with JVR and Kessel, but that will likely come to an end as soon as Bozak is ready to play.

It will be interesting to see what the deployment will be for Holland with Bozak back in the lineup. If Carlyle wants to maintain his shutdown line going forward with McClement, Kulemin and Raymond, it wouldn’t shock me to see Holland sent to the Marlies while McClement and Smithson run the third and fourth lines and Bozak and Kadri occupy the middle on the first and second lines. While Holland’s game is far from complete, he has shown flashes of the skill that caught the scouts’ attention leading up to the 2009 draft where he was taken 15th overall. Management may decide that refining his game in the AHL in big, all situations minutes is the way to go with Holland, but that is a decision to make once Bozak is back in the lineup.

A note on Anthony’s Notebook: with four games this week and one tonight, Anthony is posting tomorrow.

Some  Leafs links for your Monday:

The Leafs’ “hang-back plan”…is that what we’re calling the system now?  Mirtle on the Leafs continuing success against the grain.

Shoalts has the Saturday post-game for the Globe this week

Traikos at the National Post on Grabovski’s return to the city that bought him out this past summer

Jonas Siegel of TSN has his always excellent post game story from Saturday’s win.

74 comments
deedrag
deedrag

I'm on the fence with this one.  Bozak isn't a bad player but on the other hand he's also not that super star 1c we would like to have. I think we need a different approach here. Maybe we need to strengthen our defence to help Dion instead. This might prove wiser with the two top goalies we got running now.

mcloki
mcloki

Good Morning Gents. Excellent I didn't know that a game was on tonight. That's awesome.

Hope everyone is warm and comfy thi morning. Its really cold here in TO. And I heard it snowed on other parts of Ontario.

Take care.


Burtonboy
Burtonboy

I bet Bernier was saying to himself . Well Reims you just took it up another notch and is itching to get back in . This whole situation is dammed fascinating to watch . A battle of epic proportions lol

Sniffles
Sniffles

I kind of feel there is some kind of addendum Carlyle has with his defence shooting the puck as he fears the shots will get blocked and away the other team goes. 

Rushing is different as he has more faith in someone covering.


Mind Bomb
Mind Bomb

@mcloki  Morning MC, snowed all around me here, London got Dumped on, we got nothing 

Mind Bomb
Mind Bomb

@Burtonboy   So Bernier gets the easier BJ's tonight :), and Reims gets Pitsburg ?


Great Dane
Great Dane

@Burtonboy And that is why Nonis should go out and a center for JVR and Kessel and another shutdown d-man. We have a windows of 2-3 years to get a cup running Reimer and Bernier

Mind Bomb
Mind Bomb

@Sniffles  He is probably tired of Our D men taking out our own players lol

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

@-Keon- Yeah, it may depend on Reimer's position on an extension.  If his numbers stay in the stratosphere, he will be a RFA seeking salary in the 4-5 million range.  And, how knows, he might agitate for a trade - he didn't sound happy about the 1A and 1B situation going into the season.  Reimer's a soft spoken team first guy, but a lot of goalies of his stature would be seeking big money and a guarantee of #1 status.

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

@-Keon- He seemed doubtful he could keep them Long term . Probably won't be able to afford both 

zombie27
zombie27

@Yaknowwhat @-Keon- an offer too good to turn down is probably Nonis' ideal situation...if its that good then why wouldn't he if he knows he will need to trade one of them eventually. It would almost be like an easy way out.

Loric76
Loric76

@MaxwellHowe @-Keon- I honestly thing Reimer is too humble and too much of a churchie type to demand big money.  If the Leafs can give him a fair deal he'll take it and be more than happy with it.

Loric76
Loric76

@Burtonboy @-Keon- Long term, no probably not.  Short term (2-3 seasons), yes they're both likely staying.  The only thing that could change that is Reimer forcing a trade because he wants big money this year, something I really doubt happens.

Mind Bomb
Mind Bomb

@CanuckUKinToronto @Mind Bomb @Burtonboy I still say Carlyle is doing it on purpose and snickering afterwards. I agree and would run Reimer tonight and wednesday, but they will not let golden boy sit till the weekend 

Mind Bomb
Mind Bomb

@Burtonboy @Mind Bomb  Yep, and I dont have time at work here, But I would like to see one of our illustrious bloggers, put together something that shows who Reims has faced and record, as opposed to who Bernie has faced and record 

Great Dane
Great Dane

@MaxwellHowe Agree - we just need another Gunnar nothing more that should be possible to acquire.

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

@Great Dane I'm not convinced the big time dman is what the Leafs need.  Our defence has been playing well. 

Cameron19
Cameron19

@Great Dane @Cameron19 @Burtonboy Problem is that no one gives two shits about our 2014 1st rounder, and teams that might be willing to move something for the 2015 1st rounder don't have top centers. 

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

@Yaknowwhat @Burtonboy @Loric76 Yeah thats kinda difficult to pull off . I consider myself very lucky to get out at 55. But I lived in isolation for 45 yrs to be able to do it .

Cameron19
Cameron19

@MaxwellHowe @Cameron19 At the start of the season I said 4 million to resign Reimer. At this rate, 5 million is looking more realistic. 

Cameron19
Cameron19

@Mind Bomb @MaxwellHowe @Yaknowwhat Well, if he continues to sit on top of the league, I don't think he's going to be taking a 3 million dollar per year deal after having already taken a huge discount on his last contract.  That would make him probably the most underpaid goalie in the NHL. 

Mind Bomb
Mind Bomb

@MaxwellHowe @Mind Bomb @Yaknowwhat  Well Reims is still an RFA, he can want big bucks all he wants, but until he is UFA...... 

I think Reims signs another 2 year deal 6 to 7 mil, I can see us running this tandem at least one more year


MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

@Mind Bomb @MaxwellHowe @Yaknowwhat Then Bernier becomes the potential trade chip  - because his consistency is going to make him a very expensive signing the summer after next.  This summer, both of these guys will have high trade value

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

@Yaknowwhat 

And thats when Nonis may have his most difficult choice to make.  Does he trade one of Reimer / Bernier?  Where does he find another backup?  Is there some way he can leverage that extra goalie for the #1 centre the Leafs have been searching for years?  I know this - Reimer is making it very difficult for Nonis to contemplate trading him.

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

@Loric76 @MaxwellHowe @-Keon- Hmmmmmm Maybe he wants the mother load to give more to the church . Most religious guys I had working for me would work every hr they could get lol

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

@-Keon- God... just back to work and facing a strike . Not good . You in management Keon ?

Mind Bomb
Mind Bomb

@Loric76 @Burtonboy @-Keon-  Morning Lor, yep I agree, I think Reims wants to be a leaf, and we are destined to win a cup soon, and Reimer wants to be a part of that 

Loric76
Loric76

@-Keon- The experience Reimer gets at Sochi will help in that regard :)

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

@-Keon- We have a good situation going here . Hope Nonis rides it as long as he can 

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

@-Keon- Not a chance . We need to get inoculations for the tradeitis that infects this place sometimes lol