Thursday, March 26, 2015
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Nazem Kadri - 10/19/13

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Nazem Kadri speaks with the media following Friday's morning skate. He will serve the final scratch of a three-game club suspension in Calgary.
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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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Three goals in a wild two minute stretch left Toronto and Buffalo tied after the first period, with the two teams being nearly level in chances as well. Both coaches must have been unhappy with the defensive effort shown, and in the second period the chances dried up. Unfortunately for Toronto, the Sabres began to press in the second half of the frame, getting a go-ahead goal, and out-chancing Toronto 5-1. Now chasing the game, the Leafs had one of their best offensive periods of the season in the third, generating sixteen chances, including several on the power-play. They were...

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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...

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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...

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After a terrible game on Saturday, the Leafs had a strong response, with one of their best first periods in a while. They had the better of the chances, and were rewarded in the last couple of minutes when David Booth scored. The Islanders were much better in the second, and after Peter Holland managed a goal to double Toronto's lead, New York made a real push to get back into the game. The Islanders had four of the first five chances in the third, along with a goal, but James Van Riemsdyk gave Toronto some insurance. That didn't last,...

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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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BC-jazgzhb0&t=143 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...
Toronto Maple Leafs vs St. Louis Blues

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Through the first fourteen minutes the Leafs were being badly out-chanced by St. Louis, as Toronto didn't have an ES chance, but the game was still scoreless. That didn't last, as St. Louis got three goals in just under five minutes, breaking the game open and building a lead the Leafs would never challenge. Toronto were out-chanced 8-0 at ES in the first, one of their worst periods of the season. While the last forty minutes were better in terms of chances, St. Louis continued to pile on the goals, easily pulling away for the win. You can see just how...

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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. https://twitter.com/swhyno/status/574609521768792066 https://twitter.com/swhyno/status/574610498727116801 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.” I Chris Johnston: Maple Leafs’ loss met with apathy, acceptance (Sportsnet.ca) What might have been most notable...

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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 -...

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Toronto struggled early, falling behind 7-4 in chances and 2-0 on the scoreboard. They figured things out in the second period, as they were able to out-chance the Lightning, and while it was an open period with plenty of chances both ways, Toronto scored the only goal. That meant they were down only one, and had the chance to chase in the third. Unfortunately, the third period was terrible from Toronto, surrendering 11 of the first 14 chances and falling behind 4-1. While the Leafs did manage to direct some chances at the Tampa net, by the time they got...

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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...
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MLHS' Elliot Saccucci and Torontosportsmedia join Michael Langlois to discuss a wild past couple of days in Leafland. The state of the team and the current media environment in Toronto will be discussed among other topics. Watch above on YouTube, or listen below on SoundCloud or iTunes. Click here for the link to the Maple Leaf Hangout on iTunes. Enjoy!  

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The Leafs had a great start to this game but Florida had a strong response, finishing the first period even in chances, and getting a goal in the last twenty seconds of the period. In the second, Toronto again started well, and a power-play goal got them back on even terms. However, Florida got a power-play goal of their own, and despite having the better of the chances after two periods, the Leafs went into the third trailing. That's when things got strange. Florida had already pulled Luongo, who left the rink and went to the hospital for examination, when...
Dion Phaneuf Panthers

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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. The Leafs will have a few new bodies in the lineup, with waiver claim Tim Erixon and deadline pickups Eric Brewer and Joakim Lindstrom available to make their Leaf debuts. It will be interesting to see if the deadline passing and a few leaders on...

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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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45HO7tc7AUg https://twitter.com/jlupul/status/572815868566097920 https://twitter.com/longleysunsport/status/572812640000589825 The reaction from the media has been as predictable as the seasons. Within minutes of the Kessel and Dubas stuff hitting the social media rounds, suddenly the Leafs personnel in question are portrayed as ducking accountability for their horrible play and playing the...
Dave Nonisvideo

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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: Media address expected shortly. Dave Nonis Post-Deadline Media Address https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dybfGM9hIk

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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. https://twitter.com/Real_ESPNLeBrun/status/572480543847260160 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...

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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...

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Roman Polak recently gave an interview to Czech paper iDnes on the state of the Leafs. Translation below courtesy of MLHS member 'drummond.' Pressure in Toronto? Nah, in St. Louis, it was another story, says Polak. Roman Polak is a tough defenseman, who is not afraid to play hardball. Recently he showed similar courage with his statement criticizing the performance of the team. To give you a better perspective, this is not something which would be common in the capital of hockey. "We needed to start calling things what they actually are," he said in an interview to iDNES.cz. The interview took place...