Monday Mashup: Battle of the Floreast

Monday Mashup: Battle of the Floreast

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The Maple Leafs have four games against the Panthers and Lightning coming up in the next two weeks, along with games against Canadian rivals Ottawa and Vancouver, in a six game in 12 days stretch. From there GM Dave Nonis will have three weeks to consider the state of the team during the Olympic break, after which the team will play just three games before the March 5 trade deadline. Interesting decisions lie ahead.

Petrielli’s Notebook will arrive in time to consume your entire afternoon. Until then, some links…

A compilation of Kessel’s 27 goals so far this season
A lot more where that came from.

JvR about to eclipse career marks
Sounds weird to read his 41st point will be his career high, but that’s due to the lockout shortened season. JvR has 38 goals and 72 points in his last 100 games.

What’s the one ingredient the Leafs are missing?
From Michael Langlois at VLM.

Leafs need more secondary scoring
With Bodie and Gleason chipping in, the problem on Saturday was more to do with letting in five.

Marlies wrap up three games in three days with a shootout win yesterday at Ricoh
They went 2-2 this week overall. MLHS will have a more in depth weekly review coming up from Daniel Kovalevsky.

Connor Brown shows no mercy
NINETEEN three-plus point nights from Connor Brown this season through 47 games. A hat trick + an assist on Sunday puts him at 98 points on the season. Brown leads the 2nd highest scorer in the OHL (Dane Fox) by 14 points and the third highest scorer (Nikolay Goldobin) by 25 points.

462 comments
mlclearwater
mlclearwater

Hoping the boys pick up lots of wins before the olympic break. We've been playing much better and that was a nice comeback for a point vs the Peg

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

The thing I like the most about JVR is he's only a year older than Jake Gardiner and 17 months older than Naz.

Knights2Leafs
Knights2Leafs

72 points in 100 games. Love JVR and his style of play.  He and Phil are a great match.  There is very little negative smack about the big guy and rightfully so, as we can only expect him to get better as time goes on. 

Interesting though that while Kadri is a year younger and generally with less talent to play with, he's scored 77 points in his last 98 games and yet among a fairly decent size minority on this site and others, he has failed to live up to expectations, is lazy and is one of the first to be thrown out there as trade fodder.  


Jon5200
Jon5200

they have to settle for bums like briere......what a BUST...........

Jon5200
Jon5200

There r a number of reasons players wont/dont sign in montreal anymore......their not bilingual(there...i said it), the taxes, other than a great goalie/defenceman, they r not that good a team(not 1 scorer in top 50!!  Defenceman is teams leading scorer??)......montreal now has to do what the Leafs use to do........over pay for players........I LUV IT.......i was glancing at the standings and reading nasty hab articles/comments all weekend..............

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

It's the hyper concentrated salt that you probably miss. You could de-ice your driveway with the runoff from that stuff.

Mind Bomb
Mind Bomb

@DeclanK  hahha, Lovin it Dec, what happened to MTL is a Divison winner Elite !!!!

Omac13
Omac13

@Knights2Leafs I dont mind all this Kadri trade speculation. Simply put is Kadri avaiable yes who isnt? If you can up grade everyone would be traded. With that said Kadris name comes up alot because thats who other teams want from Toronto, dont mean Nonnis will trade him. Only way Kadri moves if its for a True Number 1 Center who has a desent contract and is signed long term. Examples of guys i am talking about are E.Staal, M.Richards, M.Duchene J Tavares Etc... Not saying they are avaiable but thats the kinda guys Nonnis would move Kadri for. Nothing more nothing less

Marlies Man
Marlies Man

@Knights2Leafs Damn ... only five more points in two less games for Kadri, and he was drafted a year after JVR and five spots lower?! Trade him now! 

LN-093
LN-093

@Jmessih Isn't Holland the only one winning face-offs?  I vote for Kadri becoming a winger.

Marlies Man
Marlies Man

@DeclanKKessel named a hottie at the Winter Games ... damn he has to go now.

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

@Jon5200 The Leafs use to overpay for players?  Check out what Thornton and Marleau accepted to play for 3 more years in San Jose.  California.  Thats what the Canadian teams in general are up against

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

I gained a lot of respect for him last playoff when I sort of took my eyes off the puck and watched him in front of the net with Chara. He was timing this play where he would shove Chara over about two or three feet in order to get Chara to shove him back just as a shot was coming from the point or from Kessel.

Marlies Man
Marlies Man

@CanuckUKinToronto@Knights2Leafs Yeah, he went through those in the AHL, too. No reason why he wouldn't in the NHL. But so did Kessel until last year basically. And after a slump, Kadri always went on crazy point binges.

vinoa
vinoa

@MaxwellHowe @Jon5200 Hopefully a few years from now Stamkos will be doing that. I think TO's on the upswing. Now we just need the palm trees.

Ian from Etobicoke
Ian from Etobicoke

@hoolihan

It isn't that cut and dry. I actually think Holland is a better rounded hockey player than Kadi and has been saddled with some pretty weak players. His point totals in the AHL, on a worse team, were almost identical and when he's been given the opportunity with appropriate minutes, he's about a 45-50pts player. + stronger on pucks, better on the dot and better defensively.

Mind Bomb
Mind Bomb

@hoolihan Who has the most upside as a Center, I dont think Holland is as creative.