Noon Mashup: Deep in the heart of Texas

Noon Mashup: Deep in the heart of Texas

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The Leafs made a minor league deal last night, sending Andrew Crescenzi to the LA Kings affiliate in Manchester in exchange for Brandon Kozun. Crescenzi was an undrafted rookie camp invitee who brought size and had played well enough to earn a contract with the organization, but he was a low-scoring defensively oriented centre. Kozun is a smaller offensively inclined winger, that will – worst case scenario – improve a Marlies attack with just two forwards on the roster with ten goals. Hard to declare a deal of this magnitude a win, but it also provides some SPC flexibility at the end of the year when Kozun’s contract expires.

As far as the big club goes, things are clicking along as well as they have been in a long time. The top line is producing, some secondary offence is coming from the other forwards and also the back end, while Bernier and Reimer are providing a good chance for the team to win when they aren’t stealing games outright. Pretty well every team below the Leafs in the wildcard race won last night, but if your eyes are set on a higher prize, the Habs lost one of their games in hand – handily, to the Penguins – and the two teams still sit tied on 59 points.

We’re now within 30 games of the end of the season and each game will start to feel a little more important and the points more desperately needed. Can the Leafs match fellow surging wildcard team in the East, Columbus, and make it seven in a row?

Some Leafs links to fill the gap between now and game time tonight:

Leafs acquire Brandon Kozun

How excited should we be about Connor Brown’s crazy good OHL numbers? Some historical context from Michael Stephens.

Mirtle at the Globe has an article about the surging Eastern Conference and what it means for the playoff picture

An article from Wednesday about the Leafs and their 6 game winning streak, first of its kind in Toronto since 2006

Traikos at the Post has an article about the Leafs goaltending situation and Nonis’ comments on the subject this week

James Mirtle and Jonas Siegel’s Leaf Report Podcast from yesterday

Michael Langlois’ Leaf podcast from yesterday. 

Let’s all laugh at the Oilers. That press conference of embarrassing comments from MacT and Lowe is priceless.

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Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

jonasTSN1050: Further on Clarkson: He had been playing with an infection in his elbow and required minor surgery last week to alleviate it.

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

markhmasters: As big scrum surrounds Ray Whitney in Stars room, Shawn Horcoff chirps, "What's the rumour? Is he headed to Toronto?"

wendelsfist
wendelsfist

No more  back to back  games until after the olympic break but some important games coming up in the next 8.  I want to see how the team stacks up against Tampa

@Dallas

@WPG

Tampa

FLA

OTT

@FLA 

Tampa 

Van

Sandra87
Sandra87

Someone posted the other day about having problems commenting on their phone but no trouble liking other peoples comments. I 'liked' their post but couldn't reply since I also suffered from this problem.... that is all 


Go Leafs Go!

Zep2
Zep2

On anther note. The PGA IS NOW IN FULL SWING. 9 MONTHS of watching Tiger Woods grimmace , scowl, kick the ball around like a weekend duffer and act  like an ass


If he were ressurected as a hockey player, hed be a Hab

mikeyboy
mikeyboy

i sense something big tonight

4evrblue
4evrblue

@Xxxxxnew Horcoff is just pissed off that his name never came up in Leaf rumours because of how painfully obvious it is that we wouldn't want him. STFU Shawn lol

Bring the Cup Home
Bring the Cup Home

@CanuckUKinToronto 

headed for yet another number 1 overall pick.  at least top 3 and most likely top 2.  just unreal how bad they are still.  gotta figure one day that they'll break through and start looking damn fine.  if they only had of gotten seth jones.... 


i would think that their draft pick this time might be in play to appease a disgruntled fan base who deserves to start winning. 

Leafs rule
Leafs rule

@Zep2    ROFLMAO ,chokes ,ressurected as a hockey player, hed be a Hab ,Fun Fun funny imo 

mlclearwater
mlclearwater

@mikeshave I felt something big last night with all the Eugenie Bouchard talk and pics on here

Leafs rule
Leafs rule

@wiskilmao ,thats to easy ,it was  a phone slot ,safe saver device

Kouba
Kouba

@wiskiI still have many of them somewhere in the basement

Bruffins
Bruffins

@Jmessih 

arent we like the 114 ranked country in soccer....pathetic haha

Bring the Cup Home
Bring the Cup Home

@Burtonboy@Jay31 

for sure.  no way in hell nonis is that dumb.  i'd do franson for MDZ in a heartbeat, and wouldn't have even discussed Gards for him.

Ze_theLeafsFan
Ze_theLeafsFan

@wendelsfist @CanuckUKinToronto @Marlies Man Remember last year, they had the advantage of their players going to the AHL and playing there, Most of their players were in mid-season form hence having an advantage over the rest of the league. Goaltending has been outright terrible for them this year.

BPsotka
BPsotka

@DeclanK @Ze_theLeafsFan @CanuckUKinToronto @Sandra87 I was the one with the original comment. It was my Nexus 7 tablet with Android 4.4. Sometimes it lets me comment and reply (which is progress over a month ago when it never let me) but now it almost never lets me reply to others' posts. I use chrome.

Kouba
Kouba

@Belfour20@Kouba@wiskiI remember going out with walkman as a kid. My grandma, who worked as a nurse, thougth, I've got sick and have an insulin pump.

Bruffins
Bruffins

@Jmessih @Bruffins 

man I loved indoor soccer. It was like a mix of hockey and soccer and I didn't have to run as much