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.
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.
Friday Morning Links:
- TSN1050: Steve Spott chats with Macko and Cauz; “My primary job is to be that buffer between Randy and the players.”
- Fan590: Peter Horachek chats with Jeff Blair; “I like to use the numbers 5, 5, 5, which means in every single zone, you have all your people there.”
- Curtis Morrison: Marlies playoff run – judging player talent and pro potential; Warning: sample size issue
- JP Nikota: 2009/04/03, Bozak’s unabated run as the Leafs 1C
- r/leafs: Will Arnett in a Leafs jersey avec Henrik Lundqvist
- CBC: Maple Leafs lone NHL franchise in Forbes’ list of the top 50 most valuable sports franchises
Fresh mashup for you folks. http://mapleleafshotstove.com/2014/07/19/weekend-mashup-2-2-million-apart/
@Alec Brownscombe Sorry for posting on the non-mashup
Maple Leafs: Six prospects who stood out at camp
@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 is that a movie?
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.
@Cloud09 You're going to love Robidas. Wish I could freeze him in time. He's going to be a fan favourite immediately.
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?
@Bon Scott was a Leaf fan Cusaaaack.
@Bon Scott was a Leaf fan Cusack is on the phone...he's furious at the mixup.
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 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.
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.
@TheCanucksnaphook Clarkson's my bet
@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
@TheCanucksnaphook Lupul is the easy choice. I'd guess Bozak.
@TheCanucksnaphook Anthony put the hex on Kessel
@TheCanucksnaphook Kessel. He's due.
@TheCanucksnaphook "the this"?
@TheCanucksnaphook You spelt labour wrong ;)
What an idiot I am. Was playing with myself over in the Franson thread wondering where everyone was.
@Bon Scott was a Leaf fan This song and "Hide in your Shell" are 2 of my fav introspective supertramp songs - Brilliant Lyrics ... so many times we're our own worst enemy ... LOOOOOVE Supertramp (they sounded even better in my tequila drinking days lol)
Good Job Bon !!
Here's some great Johnny from the Summer of Love ...RIP
@Bon Scott was a Leaf fan Love the Doobies.
Used to think Jude Law was a bit of a pillow biter until I saw his new movie " Dom Hemingway"
All i can say is check it out, he is brilliant in it.
@ingy56 It becomes simpler once everyone is dead except Arnold and the perfunctory hot chick
watching lupuls 22 goals last year makes me excited again to see him play. Those might have been some of the best goals outside of kessels last year
@Jordan29 My favourite goal of the year? Strangely, a Dave Bolland goal. I think against the Penguins early in the season. A breakaway (maybe shorthanded) crossed the blueline and wired a snapshot past the goalkeep.
Was it bad luck or (not to wish that injury on anyone) good luck for the the Leafs that he got injured last season? Because if he somehow stays healthy, Nonis might have thrown $6 million per at him.
Better hope he has been working out hard. I can't remember a Leaf in recent years who has had so many different injuries leading to missed. Most guys have one nagging injury and are consistently missing time, but Loops manages to miss lots on different things.
I really think he also has to worry less about fashion and trying to be a rockstar and focus on winning some hockey games. He puts on a good act, but I really didn't see him up his game last year when we needed it.