Toronto Marlies Practice Update Ahead of Round 2

Toronto Marlies Practice Update Ahead of Round 2

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TORONTO – On Wednesday morning, the Toronto Marlies took to the ice at Ricoh Coliseum as they prepare to head to Chicago on Thursday for their 2nd round matchup against the Wolves.  Here’s what you need to know:

  • Spencer Abbott and Peter Holland were cleared for contact and traded their red non-contact uniforms for white ones.  Abbott, who’s been out since March 31st with an upper body injury, looked great on the ice.
  • Abbott and Holland were re-united with Carter Ashton to form the team’s top line
  • Towards the end of practice, Steve Spott had the 5 on 3 and 5 on 4 powerplay units working.  Spencer Abbott was back on the blue line on the first powerplay unit which made his partner T.J. Brennan quite happy.  “It’s definitely nice to have him (Abbott) and ‘holly’ (Peter Holland) back there, two really skilled guys who are going to be big for us.”  Said Brennan.  “Me and ‘abber’ (Spencer Abbott) have a good connection this year, and to have him back is huge.”
  • The powerplay struggled in round 1, going 3/19, but Steve Spott said he isn’t concerned. “We scored timely powerplay goals,” Said Spott. “I think you have to give Milwaukee a lot of credit, they did a nice job on us, but with Holland and Abbott coming in, I’m hoping that helps the powerplay out, but we did score timely powerplay goals so I’ll take those.”
  • Steve Spott said his team needs to avoid getting into ‘track meet’ type games with Chicago, saying his team isn’t the type of team to play that style effectively.
  • Before main practice began around 10:30, goaltending coach Piero Greco was on the ice with Christopher Gibson doing some work.  Fabrice Herzog, Zach Yuen, Carter Verhaeghe, Frederik Gauthier and Connor Brown were on the ice taking shots.  It’s unlikely that any of them draw into game action unless the injury bug strikes.

LINES:

Ashton – Holland – Abbott

Leivo – McKegg – Carrick

D’Amigo – Smith – Kozun

Broll/Devane – Smithson – Ryan

Extra’s – Staubitz, Biggs, McLaren and Ross

Defence:

Marshall – Brennan

Holzer – MacWilliam

Percy – Granberg

Yeo – Knodel

653 comments
dlb Mad
dlb Mad

hey, Fenton.  buddy ol' pal.  seems most people here can't wait to toss Carlyle away and start the new search 9 weeks ago.

ironic you and i are on the other side of that one

you're going to have to deal with that.

hey, where you going?

who else hasn't hit the eject button on the coach yet?  anyone?

drummond
drummond

if carlyle stays, good news for orr and maclaren, bad news for d´amigo, holland, not to mention gardiner

Greg Fenton
Greg Fenton

Why is everyone in a panic about Carlyle?


The playoffs won't be finished for another month. The draft is almost 2 months away. Free agency doesn't start for 8 weeks. 2014-15 season starts in something like 20 weeks. 


They have LOTS of time to make a decision on the coach. 

Darkside Beleafer
Darkside Beleafer

This is horrible. I feel like the Leafs next step will be dressing like seahorses and dancing at centre ice, like the Flint Tropics. It's bad when your team resembles a Will Ferrell film.

CanuckUKinToronto
CanuckUKinToronto

Also sick of hearing it is the players and not the coach.  It is both.. however, even a few player changes can make a huge difference with a new coach.  Look at a few examples


Colorado-  get a goalie (Varlamov), get a rookie- MacKinnon.. - 2 good player changes.. not like Leafs cant do that to upgrade-  have enough assets for that.. but real reason for change was ROY behind the bench.


THAT TEAM WENT FROM 29TH TO 3RD OVERALL  .. For fuck sakes people  wake up

T K O
T K O

This is the same ownership team that fired Burke a week before the season with zero indication that changes were coming and you guys are concerned about Carlyle still employed and the NHL season hasn't even ended yet......let Shanny figure some stuff out.

Secondly, to think they would even contemplate tanking before the season even started is absolutely ludicrous.

jimmyg65
jimmyg65

If Dreger's right, I'll be taking my first Leafs vacation since the 1980s. My sanity comes first. He's the worst coach I've seen since the 80s. Absolutely terrible. He'll further drive down the value of our players while getting the same shitty results.


loomx
loomx

Anyways, this organization makes me sick. I'll leave you guys with this video of a player that gives me hope. A guy that I think you win with and a guy who put up one of my favourite single seasons from a player last year since Tucker in 05-06.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqUc-_5WiU0

CanuckUKinToronto
CanuckUKinToronto

Shanny tells Dreger to tweet.. this puts pressure on any negotiations with another coach to agree to MLSE terms or they can always just go "back to Randy".. no intention of doing that but leaves pretense open to force negotiatons with the new guy.... just wait and see

LeafFan15
LeafFan15

Keeping Carlyle signals the Leafs wanting to tank for McDavid. 

CanuckUKinToronto
CanuckUKinToronto

Guys- why are you all writing like what Dreger tweets is reality?  No decision/announcment has been made - same as 5 hrs ago, or yesterday or 2 weeks ago....  


All media already posted that they have not heard anything from Leafs.. Nothing.. 

Dreger tweets bs to get people to go to their site- see bleow.. and to listen on radio..


all bull shit and dont believe any of it until any announcement either way happens.. Based on Timmy's points it is just illogical to keep RC..

Zep2
Zep2

Keeping Carlyle would signal that management ha no faith in the players. Jake, Dion, Bozak, Lupul, !maybe KAdri are put on the block

Rielly , JVR, Bernier ,maybe Kessel will be the core.

Yan28
Yan28

WOW

The Toronto Maple Leafs appear to be standing pat with head coach Randy Carlyle for next season.

The team is holding its organizational meetings in Las Vegas this week and as TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger tweeted on Thursday, the fact that Carlyle hasn't been let go indicates he will be back to start his third full season behind the Leafs bench.


http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=451611

dlb Mad
dlb Mad

i don't think so. Carlyle said he would have done some things differently at the end of the year, and some of that involves the youth.

Nonis will have to sign a lot of players before the coach even know who's trying out. Ashton, D'Amigo, Holland are all older and more ready for a role

wait and see who attends camp before assuming anything. if Kenny Ryan's there, put him down as your dark hourse, too, by the way (said that 6 months ago wink wink)

Darkside Beleafer
Darkside Beleafer

@Greg Fenton I think people are just impatient to see the team taking steps to fix itself - firing Randy seems to just about everyone an obvious first step.

Greg Fenton
Greg Fenton

@CanuckUKinToronto  If thats the case, then shouldn't Carlyle get all the credit for the great season last year, and the two significant winning streaks the team had this year as well as the losing?

CanuckUKinToronto
CanuckUKinToronto

Flyers 30th overall in 06/07 then move to 11th overall the next year.. Stevens comes in..


STL-   Blues 25th overall.. bring in Hitchcock... now look how consistent they are

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

Just walking around T.O. - on a futile search for a Leaf forward to offer some support. 

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

guaranteed they'll win the first 6 games and you'll come running back.  Then they'll fall apart in january.  You know this will happen

Greg Fenton
Greg Fenton

@LeafFan15  They'll have to do a lot mor ethen just keep Carlyle. 


Even after only winning 4 of 30, and losing 12 of 14, they were int he playoff picture of like 75 games this year. 

loomx
loomx

@LeafFan15  Leafs only have at 25% chance of getting him AT BEST.

rustynail
rustynail

@LeafFan15  lots of competition and no way Gary is letting us win that lottery

Greg Fenton
Greg Fenton

@Zep2  I dunno if Phaneuf and Lupul would be on the outs of a "Carlyle team"

Greg Fenton
Greg Fenton

@Yan28  Untilw e know, we don't know. 


But I've said before, if the plan is for Shanahan to clean out the front office first, it does make sense to allow the new front office people to make any/all coaching changes. If their time table for the front office changes doesn't leave the time to make the coaching changes before the season.......



wendelsway1
wendelsway1

@Yan28  Utter bullshit.....all speculation with no substance.....nobody's come out and said Carlyle is staying, so TML apear to be letting him go.....see what I just did there?.......I'll wait to hear from Shanny, thanks.

dlb Mad
dlb Mad

Gardiner is going to be transitioning from the sophmore to the veteran status and judging by the exit interview stuff, and knowing Rielly's Gardiner's level-headed professional buddy who will help him with perspective, i think Gardiner and the coach will better understand each other.

there's a natural progression at work in some cases.

Orr, McLaren and others will need to be as useful as Bodie, or else the rest of the roster will have to be deep enough to accomodate their special purpose.

jimmyg65
jimmyg65

@MaxwellHowe  You might be right, but I did boycott the Leafs for almost seven years in the 80s because I was so mad at they way they were run. Carlyle is the first coach/GM whose brought out that anger again. It would be futile to watch this team with him as coach, and would show that the management is out to lunch.


CanuckUKinToronto
CanuckUKinToronto

@Mcost61 @CanuckUKinToronto Business negotiating tactics 101.. Deception... guy is taking too long to agree to terms-  using you to negotiate with other roles at other teams so it is put up or shut up.. Offer provided and expiration on the offer in 48 hrs.. Sign it or we can always go elsewhere

LeafFan15
LeafFan15

@Greg Fenton @LeafFan15  I'm hoping they could keep the downward trend post Olympics. The funny part is Carlyle admitted that he was trying to fix the defense after the olympics modelling team Canada. The defence was worse than ever. So if that's what we get when he tries to fix things, we're in pretty good shape of losing a lot next season.

LeafFan15
LeafFan15

@DARF24 @LeafFan15  Lol after trying to model our defense after the Team Canada's Olympic Team and still playing terribly which still led us to tanking is a joke. Hopefully keeping him gets us down there.

CanuckUKinToronto
CanuckUKinToronto

@wendelsway1 @Yan28 exactly, then TSN updat at 1:30 lead announcement is "Carlyle likely staying"... then later say caveat-  tweet by Dreger.. total shit to get traffic and ad revenue=  radio and website

Greg Fenton
Greg Fenton

@LeafFan15 @Greg Fenton  I don't think the coach has THAT much effect on how a team does  (as I've said - 10-15%), the rest is ont he players. And while I think this team, and core, are flawed and not really that close to being a contender, they are good enough to be a bubble playoff team. 


If the goal is, in anyway, to "tank for MacDavid", there better be some significant personal changes before the start of next year. 

Greg Fenton
Greg Fenton

@CanuckUKinToronto @Belfour20/JB-45  or he has more info then we do, therefore knows more then we do..........Or wants something different you do. 


YOu're right, in regards to Carlyle staying or going, we won't know until we know. But we also don't know where Shanahan's head is at right now.