Tyler Bozak didn’t make his return to game action at the behest of team doctors on Saturday night. The worry with Bozak is that his hamstring issue may be a nagging one for him this season, given he wanted to play despite the doctor's orders and was limping around the practice rink the day before.
In any event, we’ll find out as the day progresses if Bozak will play his first game since exactly a month ago today against the same opponent he sustained the injury, the Columbus Blue Jackets.
James reimer is the expected starter tonight. Tyler bozak looks like...
Tyler Bozak and Nazem Kadri could return as early as the 21st, but the Leafs needed to add some center depth regardless with Dave Bolland on the shelf indefinitely and nothing available on the Marlies yet past Trevor Smith.
The ideal scenario was Dave Nonis, in the place of acquiring a Vernon Fiddler type, grabbing a young center with some upside, especially since the organization had given up on Joe Colborne after preseason. In Peter Holland, a former 15th overall pick in 2009, that's exactly what he's acquired. It's hard not to be pleased considering the Leafs badly needed...
The verdict is in: Nazem Kadri has been suspended 3 games for his collision with Minnesota goaltender Niklas Backstrom.
Here’s the suspension video from the Department of Player Safety:
Well, I’ve complained about it already, all that’s left to do is look forward.
The Leafs face the prospect of three games without Kadri, Bozak and Bolland. Doesn’t matter if it’s against the Sabres, it’s really difficult to win games in the NHL without your top three centers. Having to move JvR to center on its own has certainly had its impact in terms of the top line’s offensive production, and the Leafs...
Nazem Kadri will attend a hearing with league discipline czar Brendan Shanahan this afternoon. The hearing is reportedly about the collision with goaltender Niklas Backstrom. It's not clear as of yet if this indicates the League has reviewed Kadri's hit on Mikael Granlund and found no supplemental discipline is needed.
When the League looks back at the tape, I think, or hope, they will find that the Granlund hit looked and sounded worse in real time than it was when scrutinizing the slow motion replay. The match penalty that saw the Leafs serve a five-minute penalty, and Kadri being ejected...
From tonight's Insider Trading on TSN:
McKenzie:If you've been hearing a lot of Vernon Fiddler trade rumours it's because two weeks ago he went to the Dallas Stars and said he wants more ice time and wants a bigger role, and if he can't get it with Dallas than let it be somewhere else. He's on an expiring contract at $1.8 million and an unrestricted free agent at the end of the year. There is interest in him from other teams but the Stars are wining and things are going well, so they're not going to give him away. Keep...
From a PTO with the Marlies to a one-year contract with the Maple Leafs, the Leafs have signed 34-year-old Jerred Smithson for the remainder of the season in hopes of wallpapering over the drywall hole at center ice with Bolland and Bozak out.
With only Jay McClement above 45% in the faceoff circle among available centers, the Leafs have seemingly opted for JvR, Kadri, McClement and Smithson down the middle (for the time being). Trevor Smith has been sent down to the Marlies. Smith played about 5 minutes a night for Carlyle, was below 43% in the circle, and the...
Good evening! Prepare for a long week of distraction as the Leafs are off until Friday's tilt with the New Jersey Devils. With Bolland going down on Saturday the team's strength at centre is about as weak as you could imagine. Not too many people count themselves as big Bozak fans, but with him and Bolland both out, there is a gaping hole down the middle. It's all but guaranteed this week will bring a deluge of trade speculation, and maybe even a trade to bolster the position. While the Leafs' record is still pretty good, it's difficult to...
Dave Bolland is going into surgery late tonight after taking a skate to the leg while receiving a hit from Zack Kassian in Saturday night's 4-0 loss to the Vancouver Canucks. The injury has been described as a deep cut with a partial tendon tear similar to Erik Karlsson's injury. The exact timeline on this injury can be tough to approximate, but it's going to be months and dozens of games.
Bolland had six goals and ten points in 15 games while taking on tough assignments for Randy Carlyle. This is a big blow for the Leafs' prospects this season,...
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Good morning Leafs fans, another week is upon us and it sees the Blue & White heading west to take on Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver.
Bozak has been placed on the Injured Reserve, which - regardless of what you think about the de-facto first line centre - is a blow to this Leafs team. I would expect Kadri to continue to fill in at his position for the time being, but I'm also hoping that a little more ice time combined with a higher quality set of linemates leads Kadri to get in a bit of a groove. Kadri...
After a 4-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, Randy Carlyle provided an update on injured centre Tyler Bozak's status, who left the game vs. the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night with a lower body injury. Carlyle described a 7-10 day timeline as a hopeful one as far as Bozak's return date is concerned.
Nazem Kadri played the full game next to Phil Kessel and James van Riemsdyk and the line combined beautifully for the team's game winning goal in a Saturday night win over the Penguins. With his line out often times against Malkin and his line (while Bolland's...
courtesy of @YakovMironovSome notes and links for your Thursday evening:
- There was another Lupul injury scare this afternoon, as Joffrey sustained a bruised foot after taking a shot to the skate in practice. No skate guards, Lups? You’re lucky the Leafs haven’t permanently placed you in a protective bubble by now. Put on the damn guards.
It doesn’t sound too serious, and Lupul traveled to Columbus with the team, but his status for tomorrow night’s game isn't certain.
- In unsurprising news, Morgan Rielly is staying past 9 games. It could just be me thinking of a few anecdotal examples...
The start date for HBO 24/7 - Leafs/Wings has been announced: Mark your calendars for December 15th. This show will provide a rare opportunity to basically put yourself on the ice, on the bench, and in the dressing room with the team we think about for multiple hours every day. It's going to be awesome.
Here is the clip from when the Leafs appeared briefly on the Rangers/Flyers 24/7 series in 2011-12:
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It’s not that we should be identifying a group of players or a particular line or a defence pair that needs to be changed in order for the Leafs to get back on track after what, in fairness, has been three really poor games in a row despite the win over Minnesota. It’s better team play overall that is required.
The Leafs forwards need to commit to getting back, supporting the defence, and transitioning up the ice as a unit by breaking out with good puck support. What I thought Carlyle's team did better, in the very general sense last...
The Toronto Maple Leafs are willing to sweeten the pot to get John-Michael Liles back in the National Hockey League and off of the Leafs' books.
Toronto will retain a significant portion of Liles's salary for the remainder of his contract to encourage a trade.
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