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Founded in 2008, Maple Leafs Hotstove (MLHS) has grown to be the most visited unofficial team-focused hockey website online (Quantcast). Independently owned and operated, MLHS provides thorough and wide ranging content, varying from news, opinion and analysis, to pre-game and long-form game reviews, a weekly feature piece, the "Leafs Notebook", along with a Web TV show the "Maple Leaf Hangout".

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Maple Leafs Projected Lines

Joffrey Lupul – Tyler Bozak – Phil Kessel
James van Riemsdyk – Nazem Kadri – Richard Panik
Leo Komarov – Peter Holland – David Booth
Zach Sill – Trevor Smith – Joakim Lindstrom/Brandon Kozun

Eric Brewer – Morgan Rielly
Dion Phaneuf – Jake Gardiner
TJ Brennan – Andrew MacWilliam
Tim Erixon

Jonathan Bernier
James Reimer

Scratched: TBA
Injured: Stephane Robidas (shoulder), Roman Polak (hernia), Nathan Horton (concussion)

Vancouver Canucks Projected Lines

Daniel Sedin – Henrik Sedin – Zack Kassian
Shawn Matthias – Nick Bonino – Radim Vrbata
Chris Higgins – Brad Richardson – Alexandre Burrows
Derek Dorsett – Bo Horvat – Jannik Hansen

Alexander Edler – Christopher Tanev
Dan Hamuis – Kevin Bieksa
Luca Sbisa – Yannick Weber

Eddie Lack
Joacim Eriksson

Scratched: Brandon McMillan, Linden Vey, Adam Clendening, Ronalds Kenins, Ryan Stanton, Frank Corrado
Injured: Ryan Miller (knee)

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TORONTO, ON - DECEMBER 9: James van Riemsdyk #21 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates the puck away from Kris Russell #4 of the Calgary Flames during NHL game action December 9, 2014 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Graig Abel/NHLI via Getty Images)

Nazem Kadri sits out one more while TJ Brennan may make his Leaf debut (won’t know ’till gametime).

Maple Leafs Projected Lines

James van Riemsdyk – Peter Holland – Richard Panik
Joffrey Lupul – Tyler Bozak – Phil Kessel
Leo Komarov – Trevor Smith – David Booth
Joakim Lindstrom – Zach Sill – Brandon Kozun

Eric Brewer – Morgan Rielly
Dion Phaneuf – Jake Gardiner
Tim Erixon – Andrew MacWilliam
TJ Brennan

James Reimer
Jonathan Bernier

Scratched: Nazem Kadri
Injured: Stephane Robidas (shoulder), Roman Polak (hernia), Nathan Horton (concussion)

Calgary Flames Projected Lines

Johnny Gaudreau – Sean Monahan – Jiri Hudler
Lance Bouma – Mikael Backlund – David Jones
Mason Raymond – Josh Jooris – Joe Colborne
Brandon Bollig – Matt Stajan – Michael Ferland

Kris Russell – Dennis Wideman
TJ Brodie – Deryk Engelland
David Schlemko – Raphael Diaz

Jonas Hiller
Karri Ramo

Scratched: Corey Potter, Emile Poirier
Injured: Drew Shore (undisclosed), Ladislav Smid (upper body), Paul Byron (lower body), Mark Giordano (torn biceps tendon)

Status report: The Maple Leafs and Flames each held optional skates. … Phaneuf (illness) missed the morning skate but is expected to play. … Reimer is expected to start for the Maple Leafs, while Calgary will start Hiller. (NHL.com)

Who’s hot: Booth has three goals and five points during a five-game point streak. … Backlund has two goals and four assists as part of a six-game point streak. … Monahan (two goals, four assists), Hudler (five goals, four assists) and Gaudreau (three goals, three assists) are on five-game point streaks. (NHL.com)

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    1. Feschuk’s article about Kessel not liking coaches and disagreeing with Steve Spott (Sept. 17th, 2014)
      A curiously well-timed article; it was launched the morning of training camp to cause as much chaos as possible, even though the coaching clinic event took place in the summer time. Spott seemed to be making a point about the difference between the AHL and NHL when it comes to managing highly paid players who believe strongly in what got them to where they are. But, of course, the leap was made that Kessel and Spott having an argument about the powerplay means Kessel is uniquely difficult to coach.
    2. Kessel’s skating in the summer (Sept. 18th, 2014)
      Kessel reveals that he’s only skated “maybe 10 times” over the summer, which, if the reporter did his job, would realize is something that is actually pretty common. Mike Gartner, who Barb Underhill considers the best modern day skater and the template for her teachings, said he didn’t skate any more than Kessel during his offseasons. Gartner adds: “I’d want Phil Kessel on my team.” These first two incidents really set the tone for the season ahead.
    3. Kadri compares himself to John Tavares (Oct. 22nd, 2014)
      While JT is a class above Kadri, this was a quote that got pulled out of context and was not something that’s all too hard to believe for a confident athlete. Both played on the same team in London and Kadri out-produced Tavares after being traded from Kitchener; the powerplay ran through Kadri, and it’s not hard for him to envision being able to do it again.
    4. Carter Ashton Suspended for PEDs (Nov. 6th, 2014)
      A European puffer was cited as the cause by Ashton, while James Mirtle remarked on Ashton’s physique on Twitter. Randy Carlyle didn’t see much value in Ashton anyway, so it wasn’t all too surprising he was eventually dealt after this shoe dropped.
    5. Siegel/Kessel incident: “Get away from me” ( Nov. 16th, 2014)
      After declining to speak to the media following the Leafs’ 6-2 loss to the lowly Sabres, Siegel chased after Kessel down a hallway and Kessel demanded Siegel get away from him.
    6. Siegel calling out Kessel: “I’m going to out him” (Nov. 17th, 2014)
      The next day, Siegel said that Kessel isn’t very nice to the media, who have always treated him so well, and said he is going to “out Phil Kessel” from here on out. It’s still not clear what he meant by that, exactly.
    7. “Salute Gate” (Nov, 21, 2014)
      After numerous Leaf jerseys were thrown on the ice and the team was boo’d off the ice, the team decided not to salute the fans and a media tornado ensued. While this was something the team was silly to bring upon itself in this market, it did prove that people can become passionately upset about something they didn’t care about or even knew existed 24 hours earlier. This became a story in the media for weeks to follow.
    8. Mike Toth’s heated exchange with Phaneuf (Nov. 21st, 2014)
      Mike Toth, who now works at Newstalk1010, showed up at the MCC and lambasted Phaneuf with terrible questions about Salute Gate, to which even his colleagues were heard groaning about.
    9. Bernier-Mandela (Dec. 8th, 2014)
      An honest, stupid and pretty hilarious mistake by Bernier, who was clearly completely unaware of the cause behind the event he was walking the red carpet for, and somehow oblivious to the identity of one of the most significant historical figures of the 20th century.

    10. Carlyle seemingly calling out management ( Jan. 4th, 2015)
      Carlyle effectively autographed his own pink slip after a loss to the Winnipeg Jets in the early New Year, making a vague reference to having to work with what he’s been given: “You don’t always have the luxury to say that you’d like this player or that player or this type of player.”
    11. Kessel, Phaneuf and Gardiner: Uncoachable (Sun Cover) (Jan. 6th, 2015)
      For a coach who guided the team to an eighth-last finish in 2013-14 and who oversaw three major collapses in his three year tenure, Carlyle was often given the benefit of the doubt in the media. That’s partly the media failing to do its job—in some cases—and it’s partly because Carlyle’s relationship with the media was pretty well navigated by the veteran coach. For all the discussion of failures in leadership and accountability, the list often seemed to stop short of the guy behind the bench. In any event, it wasn’t particularly surprising to see the Sun focus on Phaneuf and Kessel (with Gardiner thrown in for giggles?) the day following Carlyle’s dismissal.
    12. Randy Carlyle Fired (Jan. 6th, 2015)randyfacepalm
      There was about zero evidence that the team under Carlyle was winning in a sustainable way. While they were in the playoffs on raw point totals, they were not on points percentage. Further, they also played an absurd amount of home games in the first half of the season, which boosted their standing. Nonetheless, the team fired Randy in the middle of the season with the team technically in a playoff spot, and they had no real replacement other than to promote an assistant coach and then throw Steve Staios on the bench, a guy who had never coached before at any level of significance.
    13. Ron Wilson comments on Phil Kessel (Jan. 6th, 2015)
      Best exemplified by this recent Kevin McGran article is how out of context these Ron Wilson quotes were taken. Ignored was the part where Wilson clearly said, “of course you can [win with Phil|,” on account of his elite talent. Wilson obviously didn’t think Kessel was the easiest guy in the world to deal with, though, and for some that’s all many needed (or wanted) to hear.
    14. The Feschuk-Kessel Incident ( Jan. 6th, 2015)
      Feschuk served up a doozy of a leading question, a true Feschuk classic, on Kessel’s “coachability,” which clearly could not actually be answered and was only designed to provoke. Kessel slammed Feschuk to a chorus of cheers from Leafs fans around the globe.
    15. Brad Ross Suspended for 20 games for PEDs (Jan. 14th, 2015)
      Two of these in one season is nothing short of embarrassing for the organization. No excuse was made in this case as the struggling Ross was left to own up to some very poor judgment. Meanwhile, Jimmy Hayes is approaching the 20-goal mark in Florida…
    16. Give-o-shit meter (Feb. 10th, 2014)
      This was an alarming quote to hear out of a head coach, to be sure. But did you think this would lead to a rational discussion on the team’s failing season and overarching flaws? Of course it didn’t. It became the lodestar for media seeking out an overly simplistic narrative to explain away the team’s struggles: A bunch of miscreant players with serious character flaws, led by Phil Kessel. Heck, Kessel apparently cares so little it’s even leading to suggestions that…
    17. Kessel is dragging Bozak down ( Feb. 28th, 2015)
      Dragging Bozak down! Love it or hate it, Kessel can roll out of bed, go to the rink, and light it up. Bozak cannot. It’d be nice if Bozak’s inadequacies as a number one center were explained by poor practice habits. That way Leafs management might be able to easily address a problem they’ve allowed to hamstring the team since 2008.
    18. Kessel: A Coach Killer (The Hockey News) (Feb. 9th, 2015)

      Not sure what specifically inspired this one and at this point we’re not even going to try to understand.

    19. The Rielly “girl” comment (Feb. 20th, 2015)
      Rielly obviously never should’ve said it, but also upsetting was Siegel seemingly being unaware of the implications of what Rielly just said. The reporter using some editorial discretion, and pulling the player aside and telling him the implications of his word choice, may have been appreciated by the player in the place of the public shaming that followed. It’s ultimately on Rielly and hopefully he learned from the mistake, as well as anyone else who may have at times espoused an exclusionary attitude about a game that’s meant for any and all to play and enjoy.
    20. Dion/Lupul/Eisha tweet (March 3rd, 2015)
      The apology from TSN to all parties seemed sincere, but we’re still left to wonder how it ever made it through the screening process. Awful, awful, awful.
    21. Kessel calls out media for treatment of Phaneuf (March 3rd, 2015)
      It’s not clear if Kessel really understood what happened with the Dion Phaneuf incident on TSN’s trade deadline coverage the day previous. It was more a horrible mistake than a smear campaign, but it seemed to be the tipping point for Kessel, who alluded to years of undue flak and treatment from the media toward his Captain. This was the second time the normally introverted Kessel broke face in front of the media since the calendar turned 2015, which speaks volumes for a player who had, remarkably, managed to steer almost clear of it all in years previous.
    22. Dion/Lupul/Eisha demand apologies and announce potential legal action (March 4th, 2015)
      As they were well within their rights to do.
    23. Lupul challenges ‘fan’ to fist fight (March 5th, 2015)
      Not a media scandal, but a direct corollary of one and to us it spoke volumes. Lupul previous handled the media as well as any player on the team, and he clearly was pushed past a breaking point following the tweet incident on deadline day.
    24. Kadri scratched for missing team meeting (March 8th, 9th, 2015)


      Of course, Naz showed absolutely no remorse about missing his team meeting and openly mocked the concept of practicing, as the Sun headline would suggest. And he wore some fancy sunglasses once, which just shows how much of a big shot he thinks he is. It’s very much like that Alan Iverson thing that one time.
      … What’s that? He didn’t miss practice, he missed a team meeting? And he expressed disappointment in himself, said he was embarrassed, let down his team, and accepted the discipline handed down by his head coach? Bah, whatever, we’ll tie this into the give-a-shit meter thing and sell some papers. Solid.

    25. Kadri suspended for 2 more games; team announces it’s an ongoing issue (March 11, 2015)
      At first it was framed as a one-off incident involving an overslept alarm, only for Shanahan to come out and announce the team was tagging two more games onto the punishment. This smacks of poor communication internally. Amid the drama of the past few months, not being clear about Kadri’s situation and the length of his internal suspension from the start is a bizarre move by the club. This suspension and the public admonishment by Shanahan was also a bold move by a club that must’ve felt it was out of options with the still-maturing 24-year-old player.

    Short documentary: Regardless of whether you are a fan, a member of the media, a coach, or a player, there are many lenses through which to see the Leafs. After months of scrutiny and uncertainty, though, the focus now pulls back to the Big Picture.

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    BUFFALO, NY - NOVEMBER 15: Buffalo Sabres fans celebrate a second period goal as fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs react on November 15, 2014 at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

    It looks like Nazem Kadri’s lesson on the sidelines is going to be a three-game affair. He won’t play tonight or Friday in Calgary.

    This isn’t likely something the Leafs do if they’re in the middle of a playoff chase, but with a few of their veterans getting shut down for the season with injuries and the tank fully on, Leafs management seems to be taking the opportunity to teach Kadri a lesson for what Shanahan described as a pattern of unprofessional behaviour. And they’re choosing to do it very publicly, which screams “desperation measure” after the past few months of drama in Leafland.

    Before this gets completely out of control in the media (too late), take note of this quote: “Naz is an important part of our future. We like Nazem Kadri. His teammates like him.”

    Brendan Shanahan addresses Kadri scratch:

    Peter Horachek gets a bit testy after barrage of Kadri questions:

    Here are the projected lineups:

    Buffalo Sabres Projected Lineup

    Matt Moulson – Johan Larsson – Tyler Ennis
    Marcus Foligno – Philip Varone – Brian Gionta
    Nicolas Deslauriers – Zac Dalpe – Cody Hodgson
    Jerry D’Amigo – Tim Schaller – Matt Ellis

    Andre Benoit – Zach Bogosian
    Nikita Zadorov – Andrej Meszaros
    Mike Weber – Rasmus Ristolainen

    Matt Hackett
    Anders Lindback

    Scratched: Tyson Strachan

    Injured: Zemgus Girgensons (lower body), Evander Kane (shoulder surgery), Patrick Kaleta (lower body), Cody McCormick (blood clot), Josh Gorges (lower body), Chad Johnson (lower body)

    Toronto Maple Leafs Projected Lineup

    James van Riemsdyk – Peter Holland – Richard Panik
    Joffrey Lupul – Tyler Bozak – Phil Kessel
    Leo Komarov – Trevor Smith – David Booth
    Joakim Lindstrom – Zach Sill – Brandon Kozun

    Eric Brewer – Morgan Rielly
    Dion Phaneuf – Jake Gardiner
    Andrew MacWilliam – Tim Erixon

    Jonathan Bernier
    James Reimer

    Scratched: Nazem Kadri

    Injured: Stephane Robidas (shoulder), Roman Polak (hernia), Nathan Horton (concussion)

    Status report: The Maple Leafs, who had only five healthy defensemen, recalled MacWilliam from the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League on an emergency basis. … Meszaros and Bogosian will be game-time decisions for the Sabres. Each participated in the morning skate.

    Who’s hot: Booth has goals in three consecutive games. … Holland has points in four straight. … Moulson has four points in his past five games.

    TORONTO, ON- SEPTEMBER 22 - Toronto Maple Leafs left wing James van Riemsdyk would get a goal tender interference penalty for running over Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller as Buffalo Sabres defenseman Chad Ruhwedel looks on in the third period as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-3 in preseason action at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, September 22, 2013. Steve Russell/Toronto Star

    Next to zero chance the Leafs catch Arizona, Edmonton or Buffalo at this stage, but they fell back into fourth last with Carolina’s point against Columbus last night, which was conveniently 3-point game among the two teams closest to the Leafs in the standings.

    Wednesday Links:

    • Anthony Petrielli: Leafs Notebook – March 10 (MLHS)
      Phaneuf is a lightning rod and that makes it tough to cut through the nonsense and see his real value. On a team like Detroit, they have a defense with Kronwall, Danny DeKeyser, Jonathon Ericsson, Kyle Quincey and now Marek Zidlicky (along with some decent young players); he would be going to go there and play a prime role on a perennial contender. To get some secondary pieces with zero futures would be an underwhelming return.
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    • Jonas Siegel: Leafs finally tweak ‘stale’ top line (TSN.ca)
      The break-up saw van Riemsdyk removed from the unit – paired with Peter Holland and Richard Panik instead – and replaced on the left side by Joffrey Lupul. The jolt seemed to work for van Riemsdyk, who scored for the first time in a five-on-five situation since Jan. 28 – a string of 18 games.
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    • Kevin McGran: Morgan Rielly seeks silver linings with Maple Leafs (Toronto Star)
      He hints maybe he was too quiet as the team went off the rails. He was a young guy, after all, and playing limited minutes with limited success through last December and early January when things started to go downhill. He let the veterans in the room do the talking.
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    • Charlotte’s Webster: Does Phil Kessel fade down the stretch? (Pension Plan Puppets)
      Based on the evidence shown here, there is no solid basis to the narrative that Kessel consistently underperforms (from an offensive perspective) in the later stages of the NHL season, relative to his ‘regular’ level of play. While his ICF/G was significantly lower in the last 40% of the games he played in both 2009/2010 and 2010/2011, that trend does not hold in the two most recent seasons I studied. Based on his point rate, we may even conclude the opposite, if anything. Kessel may not rise above and beyond his normal level of play as the season winds to an end, but it seems clear that from an offensive perspective, he doesn’t falter either.
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    • Rob Longley: Fewer fans watching Maple Leafs on TV (Toronto Sun)
      The most recent debacle in a season full of them — a 6-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Saturday — attracted an average audience of just 743,000 on CBC’s Hockey Night In Canada.
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    • Lance Hornby: Maple Leafs defence prospects likely to stay with Marlies for playoff run (Toronto Sun)
      But the farmboys are in the thick of the American Hockey League playoff race and management is reluctant to start pulling them out for what looks like a dead-end assignment with the Leafs. Any kind of post-season exposure, even if they ultimately come up short in the race next month, is considered valuable. So expect defencemen such as Stu Percy, Viktor Loov and Andrew MacWilliam to stay put for now.
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    Maple Leafs defenceman Dion Phaneuf, left, checks Islanders forward John Tavares in Toronto on Tuesday, January 7, 2014. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)

    The Maple Leafs are icing a definitively tank-friendly lineup tonight in a meeting with the second-place team in the East, the New York Islanders.

    Lineup Notes:

    • Nazem Kadri is scratched as a disciplinary measure after sleeping in and missing a team meeting yesterday.
    • Roman Polak has been shut down for the rest of the season to undergo a hernia procedure.
    • Stephane Robidas has been shut down for the rest of the season to undergo shoulder surgery.

    Kadri addresses media:

    Here is what is left of the Leafs lineup:

    Maple Leafs Projected Lines

    James van Riemsdyk – Tyler Bozak – Phil Kessel
    Leo Komarov – Peter Holland – Richard Panik
    Joffrey Lupul – Trevor Smith – David Booth
    Brandon Kozun – Zach Sill – Joakim Lindstrom

    Dion Phaneuf – Jake Gardiner
    Eric Brewer – Tim Erixon
    Morgan Rielly – Petter Granberg

    Jonathan Bernier
    James Reimer

    Scratched: Nazem Kadri
    Injured: Stephane Robidas (shoulder), Roman Polak (hernia)

    Peter Horachek Game Day Presser:

    Photo: NHLI via Getty Images

    It seems to be theme of the 2014-15 Maple Leafs season — just when you think we’re at rock bottom, it finds a way to get worse.

    Sunday Links:

    • Jonas Siegel: Interim Leafs coach wading through rough term (TSN.ca)
      “There was no effort,” he said painfully afterward. “You never want your team to come into a game without the highest possible effort and approach to the game. There are no real excuses for it so I’m not going to make any. That’s unacceptable for me. I’m not happy about it.”
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    • Chris Johnston: Maple Leafs’ loss met with apathy, acceptance (Sportsnet.ca)
      What might have been most notable about the proceedings was how little booing there actually was. A mixture of apathy and acceptance has sunk in here — undeniably for those in the stands and arguably for those in the dressing room.
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    • Mike Johnston: Dubas – Brennan could get a shot with Leafs (Sportsnet.ca)
      “There’s a decent chance we’ll give him a look before the year is out,” Leafs assistant general manager Kyle Dubas told Sportsnet 590 The Fan Saturday.
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    • Tyler Brooke: Dion Phaneuf Levels Blues’ T.J. Oshie with Devastating Hit (BR)
      Lone highlight of the Leafs’ night.

    Photo: NHLI via Getty Images

    St. Louis Blues Projected Lines

    Alexander Steen – David Backes – T.J. Oshie
    Jaden Schwartz – Jori Lehtera – Vladimir Tarasenko
    Dmitrij Jaskin – Paul Stastny – Patrik Berglund
    Steve Ott – Olli Jokinen – Ryan Reaves

    Carl Gunnarsson – Alex Pietrangelo
    Petteri Lindbohm – Jay Bouwmeester
    Barret Jackman – Robert Bortuzzo

    Brian Elliott
    Jake Allen

    Scratched: Chris Butler, Chris Porter, Marcel Goc
    Injured: Kevin Shattenkirk (abdomen), Zbynek Michalek (upper body)

    Toronto Maple Leafs Projected Lines

    James van Riemsdyk – Tyler Bozak – Phil Kessel
    Joffrey Lupul – Nazem Kadri – Richard Panik
    Leo Komarov – Peter Holland – David Booth
    Zach Sill – Trevor Smith – Joakim Lindstrom

    Dion Phaneuf – Jake Gardiner
    Morgan Rielly – Roman Polak
    Eric Brewer – Stephane Robidas

    Jonathan Bernier
    James Reimer

    Scratched: Tim Erixon, Brandon Kozun
    Injured: None

    Status report: Horachek said Erixon, who missed Toronto’s March 5 game against the Tampa Bay Lightning because of illness, is available for Saturday. … With Jokinen making his debut for the Blues, Goc is expected to be a healthy scratch. (NHL.com)

    Who’s hot: Panik and Booth each have points (one goal, one assist) in back-to-back games. … Jaskin has two goals in the past three games. (NHL.com)

    TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 29: Ryan Callahan #24 of the Tampa Bay Lightning races against Dion Phaneuf #3 of the Toronto Maple Leafs during the third period at the Amalie Arena on December 29, 2014 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)

    Toronto Maple Leafs Projected Lines

    James van Riemsdyk – Tyler Bozak – Phil Kessel
    Joffrey Lupul – Nazem Kadri – Richard Panik
    Leo Komarov – Peter Holland – David Booth
    Zach Sill – Joakim Lindstrom – Brandon Kozun

    Dion Phaneuf – Roman Polak
    Eric Brewer – Morgan Rielly
    Jake Gardiner – Stephane Robidas

    Jonathan Bernier
    James Reimer

    Scratched:?Tim Erixon
    Injured:?Trevor Smith (lower body)

    Tampa Bay Lightning Projected Lines

    Alex Killorn – Steven Stamkos – Ryan Callahan
    Ondrej Palat – Tyler Johnson – Nikita Kucherov
    Cedric Paquette – Valtteri Filppula – Jonathan Drouin
    Brenden Morrow – Brian Boyle – Vladislav Namestnikov

    Anton Stralman – Victor Hedman
    Braydon Coburn – Jason Garrison
    Andrej Sustr – Nikita Nesterov

    Ben Bishop
    Andrei Vasilevskiy

    Scratched: Mark Barberio
    Injured: Matthew Carle (abdominal surgery), J.T. Brown (upper body)

    Status update: It appears Bishop will start Thursday after Vasilevskiy shut out the Sabres. … Namestnikov was called up from the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League to replace Brown in the lineup. (NHL.com)

    Who’s hot: Stamkos has scored four goals in the past three games. … Holland had the game-winning goal for the Maple Leafs in a 3-2 win against the Florida Panthers on Tuesday. (NHL.com)

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    SP-LOCKERS11APR Toronto Maple Leaf coach Ron Wilson talks to media on the last day of their season. April 11, 2011 TANNIS TOOHEY/TORONTO STAR

    Former Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Ron Wilson talks to Dean Blundell & Co. to discuss his current sentiments regarding the NHL club, sympathizing with what Randy Carlyle has gone through, and on the amount of blame directed at captain Dion Phaneuf for the club’s poor performance.

    Dion Phaneuf Panthers
    SUNRISE, FL - APRIL 10: Dion Phaneuf #3 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates in on goal with the puck against goaltender Roberto Luongo #1 of the Florida Panthers at the BB&T Center on April 10, 2014 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

    The deadline past yesterday, but somehow the distractions seem just as bad if not worse today, with Phil Kessel and Kyle Dubas speaking out against media treatment of Dion Phaneuf, followed by the statement launched by Lupul and Phaneuf against the broadcast station that is a property of the corporation that part-owns the team. Never a dull moment in Leafland.

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    The brutal incident with the unscreened tweet on TSN yesterday (we ask that you don’t discuss the contents of it in the comments) may have been the straw that broke the camel’s back as far as the Leafs and their media relations this season are concerned.

    Honest technical mistake or egregious error in judgment by a TSN staffer, it seems to have been the boiling point.

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    Dave Nonis got his work done early, opting to do next to nothing on deadline day. Outside of cashing in his pending-UFA trade chips, the Clarkson deal is the big bang of the deadline season, as the core remains untouched for now.

    The net result of the past few weeks:

    InOut
    NSH 1st round pick (2015)Cody Franson
    PITT 2nd round pick (2016)Mike Santorelli
    PITT 4th round pick (2015)David Clarkson
    ANA 5th round draft pick (2016)Daniel Winnik
    STL cond. 6th round pick (2016)Spencer Abbott
    Brendan LeipsicKorbinian Holzer
    Nathan Horton
    Zach Sill
    TJ Brennan
    Tim Erixon
    Joakim Lindstrom
    Eric Brewer

    Media address expected shortly.

    Dave Nonis Post-Deadline Media Address

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    TORONTO, ON - FEBRUARY 21: James van Riemsdyk #21 of the Toronto Maple Leafs celebrates his overtime game winning goal with teammates during NHL game action against the Winnipeg Jets February 21, 2015 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Graig Abel/NHLI via Getty Images)

    The Leafs have found a place to offload pending UFA Olli Jokinen, sending him to St. Louis for a conditional sixth round draft choice.

    The pick they grab here essentially factors back into the original Mike Santorelli and Cody Franson deal, making the return Brendan Leipsic, a 1st round pick and a sixth round draft pick fetched in this trade. Any asset gained here at all is gravy.

    Joakim Lindstrom is a 31-year-old depth center with 6 points in 34 games. He’s an expiring contract takeback to make the dollars line up.

    So ends the storied Olli Jokinen era in Toronto.

    Jokinen clearly didn’t want to be here, and he couldn’t even be bother to stay off the bench for warm up before a game between the Leafs and Habs in Montreal, so good riddance. He’ll make only his second playoff appearance in an 18-year career this Spring.

    InOut
    NSH 1st round pick (2015)Cody Franson
    PITT 2nd round pick (2016)Mike Santorelli
    PITT 4th round pick (2015)David Clarkson
    ANA 5th round draft pick (2016)Daniel Winnik
    STL cond. 6th round pick (2016)Spencer Abbott
    Brendan LeipsicKorbinian Holzer
    Nathan Horton
    Zach Sill
    TJ Brennan
    Tim Erixon
    Joakim Lindstrom
    Eric Brewer

    WINNIPEG, CANADA - DECEMBER 3: Head Coach Dallas Eakins of the Edmonton Oilers discusses strategy with players at the bench during a third period timeout against the Winnipeg Jets on December 3, 2014 at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The Jets defeated the Oilers 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Jonathan Kozub/NHLI via Getty Images)

    Former Marlies head coach Dallas Eakins joined Bob Mackowycz on TSN Radio, touching on the Leafs rebuild, the market’s treatment of Phaneuf, and the futures of Rielly, Gardiner and Kadri.

    Have we lost sight of how good Phaneuf could be?
    I think it happens. It’s an easy thing to happen. When you get into a negative environment and there’s lots of losses, it’s very easy to pile on individuals. I’ve really kept an eye on Toronto since I’ve been gone. It’s an organization close to my heart because I was here for so long. I think a lot of the criticism of Dion and some of the others is unwarranted. The guy came into a situation where there was no captain and very little leadership. He was thrust into a role. I think he’s done the absolute best he can do there.

    Advice to Brendan Shanahan, Leafs management? The fans in terms of managing expectations?
    I’m not going to give any advice to Brendan [Shanahan] or Dave Nonis. Dave Nonis has a tonne of experience in the league and he’s an excellent manager. They’re going to find their way through this the best way possible. I’d just say to the fans that it’s been a difficult bunch of years. The team is in a difficult spot. If it’s going to be a rebuild, then you have to get behind it. I’m not sure what your options are. I think it’s always important to understand where your team is today. I know it’s been a very long run without a Stanley Cup. It’s something that pains me as a long time Maple Leaf fan growing up in Peterborough, Ontario. You have to understand where your team is today, get over what’s happened in the past and start looking forward. I’m very hopeful for the Leafs that they can get a plan in place and get the team to where it needs to be.

    Among the young players you’ve coached and watch grow up in the Leaf organization, who is the last guy the Leafs should part with?
    It’s a tough one to answer. My answer would be viewed a number of different ways – if you picked one guy, why didn’t you pick the other? The one thing I have learned is that if you say something positive about one person it means you’re saying something negative about the other. I got to watch Morgan Rielly play a game, I was just in Toronto recently — he played just an excellent game and his game continues to evolve. I still think Naz and Jake are still growing as players. Both guys, they’re very different players; I know Naz is an extremely competitive guy, and a guy I really enjoyed coaching because he’s a gamer. He’s a gamer. He’s always in a verbal war with the other team. A guy who will go out of his way to take a shot at a guy if our team isn’t doing well. That’s what you want on your teams –highly competitive people who aren’t going to fold the tent up. With Jake, Toronto is a very tough place for a defenceman to get his feet underneath him. I think he came in with a lot of fan fare. What happens there – when fans are fed a lot of grandeur, you expect huge things. I think Jake came in there with a lot of grandeur., and he is just now settling in and figuring out what kind of defenceman he’ll be. [He’s] A guy who is competitive in a different way than Naz is, but a guy that has got a skillset and a mindset you can’t ignore. It takes time with these defenceman — it will take until 4 or 5 years sometimes to get a really good read on a defenceman. Unfortunately, there’s really no other way around that.

    TORONTO, ON- OCTOBER 7 - Toronto Maple Leafs President Brendan Shanahan during a sit down interview in his office at the Mastercard Centre. (Photo: Tara Walton/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

    The heat has been turned up on this deadline. The Rangers have thrown down the gauntlet in the East with a big add in Keith Yandle, while Tampa responded late last night with a blueline addition of their own in Braydon Coburn, both paying handsomely for their purchases. Trades in the last 24 hours:

    • Tampa Bay trades Radko Gudas, 1st and 3rd round picks to the Philadelphia Flyers for Braydon Coburn.
    • Boston acquires Brett Connolly for two 2nd round picks.
    • Dallas Stars trade Erik Cole and a 3rd round pick to the Detroit Red Wings for Mattias Backman, Mattas Janmark, and a 2nd round pick.
    • New York Rangers acquire James Sheppard from San Jose for a 4th round draft choice.
    • Rangers acquire Keith Yandle, Chris Summers and a 4th in exchange for Anthony Duclair, John Moore, 1st and 2nd round picks.
    • Washington Capitals acquire Curtis Glencross in exchange for 2nd and 3rd round draft choices.

    Late 1sts and 2nd round picks are flying around the League right now. Buyers are letting loose with the picks and the Leafs have to get in on some of this before the day is through.

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