Friday Mashup: 3 Unknowns Remain; Gord Dineen TSN1050 Interview

Friday Mashup: 3 Unknowns Remain; Gord Dineen TSN1050 Interview

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Gord Dineen

The three major remaining off season questions in Leafland, it seems: What’s RFA Jake Gardiner’s contract going to look like? What are the settlements going to be for arbitration-bound James Reimer and Cody Franson? Will the latter pair still be Leafs come September?

We’ll find out the answer on Franson’s settlement on Monday. Resident sports lawyer Elliot Saccucci will stop by a little later today with a look at that upcoming arbitration case.

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Gord Dineen on TSN 1050 TSN Drive With Dave Naylor – July 17.

New Head Coach of the Toronto Marlies Gord Dineen joins Dave Naylor and Dave Feschuk to talk about the new gig and some Marlies who might be ready to take the next step this Fall.

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DeclanK
DeclanK moderator

Bon, Otis: Thrive was really good. 

Jordan29
Jordan29

i love playing the habs in nhl14 and having the guy quit hes so pissed at losing

Cloud09
Cloud09

Pulled this off of Rotowire from April 5th, two weeks before Robidas broke his leg for the second time. 


Stephane Robidas, 37, is turning out to be a major addition for the Anaheim Ducks.

Robidas is filling the need for another right-handed shot on the blueline who can also add a little bit of meanness. His most notable contribution came Monday when his first goal as a Duck was the overtime winner in a 5-4 triumph over Winnipeg. It hasn’t been only the timely score. Robidas is logging 20-plus minutes and has shown that he can get the puck quickly out of his own zone while also working his way onto the Ducks’ second power-play unit. "My legs feel good. I feel like I’m 25 again," Robidas said with a laugh. "Don’t expect that every game." But he added, "I feel like I can do it. I was never that rushing defenseman like (Cam) Fowler or anything like that. But if I can jump in the play or do something, I’ll do it. I feel comfortable doing it." Robidas has particularly come in handy as Fowler, the Ducks’ top defenseman this season, remains out because of a sprained knee ligament. 

ingy56
ingy56

Now the Predator dude is in LA and the Lethal Weapon cop is chasing him down. I hope Mel Gibson's in this one. I wonder if Dirty Harry shows up? 

TheCanucksnaphook
TheCanucksnaphook

Decided to commit to a great movie soundtrack.  Grosse Point Blank.

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

Nice try Phook, but here is a decent question - who wins the Atlantic Division?


Is it between Tampa Bay and the Bruins?  Will Montreal mysteriously and fraudulently do well again? 


or....do the Leafs...have a chance in hell?

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

@DeclanK The Leafs have little depth in goal.  Especially with Reimer's time seemingly coming to an end.  Since Jack Flinn was undrafted, is he a free agent?  If the Leafs are impressed, Could they sign him to a ELC, or is the move to wait until the next draft to take him?

DeclanK
DeclanK moderator

@Cloud09 You're going to love Robidas. Wish I could freeze him in time. He's going to be a fan favourite immediately. 

Cameron19
Cameron19

@MaxwellHowe The only thing about Tampa is that we don't really know what they have in Bishop. He did very well last year, and his stats prior to that were good, but I always felt like he was a really easy goalie to beat low, since he's so massive and takes that extra fraction of a second to get down and cover the five hole. 

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I'm also curious to see how their forward group fares this year. No St.Louis and his replacement Callahan has been on the decline. I know they made due without Stamkos for half the year, but they also had a lot of unexpected production. Basically what they got last year would be like Holland (Killorn), Nylander (Palat) and Frattin (Johnson) coming in and putting up 20 goals each and 40-60 points each. There was some definite over-achievement there, so it will be interesting to see if there is any fall back.

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

@TheCanucksnaphook For a guy who had several injuries for the first few years of his career, JVR has been rather healthy the last 2 season..........


But my money is on Robidas

Cloud09
Cloud09

@DeclanK @Cloud09 I'm looking forward to seeing what he can bring. The prospect of pairing him up with either Gardiner or Rielly has me really excited. 

Cameron19
Cameron19

@MaxwellHowe @TheCanucksnaphook VanRiemsdyk was only injured like twice in his first 3 seasons, and they were consecutive injuries. Banged up his knee, then returned and got a concussion immediately after.

Cameron19
Cameron19

@MaxwellHowe @Cameron19 Yea, I didn't really see adding Garrison as an upgrade, but Stralman might have been. I do like the direction Tampa is headed in, I am just curious to see how it all plays out for them.

Cameron19
Cameron19

@MaxwellHowe @Cameron19 Yea, a lot could fall into place for them. If their three kids from last year don't have a dramatic fall off, while Drouin and Connolly also join the team and make and impact, and Callahan just has a decent year (20g, 20a), they're going to have an insane forward group.