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The Toronto Maple leafs (4-2-1) take on the Detroit Red Wings (3-2-1) At the Air Canada Ctr. tonight. Both teams will be without their star players; Pavel Datsyuk and Phil Kessel will not be playing. Tyler Bozak, Cody Franson and David Clarkson are also not dressed due to injury. Three players on the Maple Leafs that are looking to have strong games are Carter Ashton, Matt Frattin and Peter Holland. All have had quiet preseasons; Carter Ashton in particular was rumoured to be shopped by the Leafs instead of losing him for nothing to the waiver wire. Head Coach Randy Carlyle...

I don't think anyone's shedding a tear over the winding down of preseason, but we will get our first look at Stephane Robidas and what is pretty much a full lineup for the Maple Leafs as they tune up for the final time before the October 8th 2014-15 season opener. Here are tonight's (projected) lines: https://twitter.com/jonasTSN1050/status/517683713438920704 https://twitter.com/jonasTSN1050/status/517684503066988544   Friday Links: Jonas Siegel: Why William Nylander isn't ready to be a Leaf just yet Globe and Mail: Globe Hockey Podcast -- MLHS mention 12 minutes in PPP: New Rogers broadcasts are just more of the same Mirtle: 2014 NHL Training Camp -- By the Numbers TSN: Ready to return, Stephane Robidas won't be...
Stéphane Robidas

Stéphane Robidas speaks with members of the media following Thursday's practice. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=--Mm01W4FWI
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Brandon Kozun speaks with the media following practice on Thursday. Published on Oct 2, 2014 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8JgKoB0Tg0

Thursday Links... MLHS Dion Phaneuf – Leading vs Trailing Part II What to Expect: Stephane Robidas Game Review: Preseason Game #8, Red Wings 3 vs. Maple Leafs 0 Randy Carlyle Post Game – Red Wings 3 vs. Leafs 0 A WOWY Analysis Guide Game Review: Preseason Game #7, Maple Leafs 3 vs. Sabres 2 (SO) Randy Carlyle Post Game – Leafs 3 vs. Sabres 2 (SO) Game Review: Preseason Game #5, Maple Leafs 6 vs. Sabres 4 Leafs Links Proteau: The Leafs defense won't be a complete disaster - TSN Leafs enjoy team building up north with paintball battle - Star Mirtle: Fighters or finishers? Leafs have one more week to choose their path - G&M Maple Leafs'...
Randy Carlyle

Randy Carlyle speaks with members of the media following Thursday's practice in Collingwood, Ontario. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwqZ4zFW_CI
Carter Ashton

In Elliot Friedman's 30 Thoughts yesterday, he mentions that the Maple Leafs have been shopping Carter Ashton to see if they can get a pick rather than lose him for free on the waiver wire. Like Vancouver with Markstrom, Toronto has asked around about Carter Ashton, trying to see if they can get a pick instead of going though the waiver route. Ostensibly, this is because they are keeping Colton Orr and/or Fraser McLaren on the roster. This closely mirrors what happened last season, whereby Joe Colborne had a lacklustre camp and he was sent to Calgary for a 4th round pick. The...

Morning Links.... MLHS What to Expect: Stephane Robidas Game Review: Preseason Game #8, Red Wings 3 vs. Maple Leafs 0 Randy Carlyle Post Game – Red Wings 3 vs. Leafs 0 A WOWY Analysis Guide Game Review: Preseason Game #7, Maple Leafs 3 vs. Sabres 2 (SO) Randy Carlyle Post Game – Leafs 3 vs. Sabres 2 (SO) Game Review: Preseason Game #5, Maple Leafs 6 vs. Sabres 4 Leafs Links Maple Leafs must wait for turnaround, Canadiens mix it up: Previewing Canada’s teams in the East Maple Leafs hopeful Josh Leivo leaves his mark in win over Buffalo Sabres Toronto Maple Leafs injuries could help Stuart Percy’s chances of making the NHL Tragically...

This game was an abject waste of everybody’s time. On top of being one of the poorer-played games we’ve ever seen out of two NHL teams, the refs’ eagerness to call everything and anything made it a choppy, special-team-dominated affair. 18 minor penalties and one major penalty were assessed in sixty minutes of truly uninspiring hockey. The teams split 11 shots in the first period despite six penalties being assessed. The Maple Leafs won last night after allowing 38 shots on goal, and lost tonight after allowing just 17. The biggest positive after this eighth game of preseason: Just one more...
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Randy Carlyle addresses media following the Leafs 3-0 loss against the Red Wings in preseason game #8 on Monday night.

The Maple Leafs trimmed the roster down to 29 earlier today, but even subtracting William Nylander and one of Colton Orr and Fraser McLaren, the Leafs still have 16 forwards vying for 12 spots. David Booth's foot fracture (out for at least a month) brings that total down to 15 for now. Still lots left to sort out with two games to go. We'll update with the defence pairs when they're known. Forwards Starting Goalie

The Maple Leafs moved to 4-1-1 in preseason with a game that followed an awfully familiar script: The Leafs' first line was dangerous in both ends. The Leafs gave up way too many shots, including 15 in 13 minutes in the 2nd period, and 38 overall.  Jonathan Bernier was the Leafs' 1st star. The Leafs won an unconvincing game in a shootout. We won't hit the panic button until the results are similar with the full lineup, and system changes aren't learned and executed perfectly overnight, but the early signs could be more encouraging. A few other quick notes: David Booth left the game with a bruised foot from a shot block, but...
Randy Carlyle

Randy Carlyle addresses the media following the Leafs 3-2 shootout win against the Sabres on Sunday night.

With three preseason games remaining, the pace should start to ramp up as the vets begin to ramp things up to regular season intensity and the roster spot battles come down to the wire. Stephane Robidas has been cleared for contact, so he'll begin participating in the battle drills, but he won't play tonight. The Leafs' top line from last season is expected to play together for the first time in preseason. Forwards Defence Pairs Goalies

The Toronto Maple Leafs still seem to be working through systemic issues, learning new defensive and neutral zone systems, but the shots against remain a red flag. Toronto Maple Leafs vs Buffalo Sabres Player Notes Tyler Bozak - Had an up and down first game. Bozak had three points, but he also gave up the puck in the middle of the D zone leading to a goal, and had an opportunity to make a play on another puck during a different goal against (albeit, it was a tough play and bouncing puck). Was nice to see him producing without Kessel though, and he...

David Clarkson and Tyler Bozak make their preseason debuts tonight in Buffalo. No suspendable offences this time, Clarkson. Forwards Defence Goalies (Split)
Peter Horachek

Peter Horachek - Leafs Lunch - September 26

A Leafs team that was short on energy after playing back to back and a veteran group short on effort gave the fans little to cheer about consistently. A fairly boring game—even by preseason standards. Player Notes: James van Riemsdyk - Very good game for JVR. Had a number of good chances, was trying unlike a lot of the team. Mike Santorelli - Another good showing for Santorelli. Even in back-to-back games, he kept his legs moving all night, was hard on pucks, showed some good hands and was a consistent performer. Phil Kessel - Certainly not a game he was challenged in....
Morgan Rielly

The Sens' top line of Bobby Ryan, Kyle Turris and Clarke MacArthur could do whatever they wanted against a weaker Leaf lineup, but the Leafs got pretty good goaltending and hung around despite a 35-22 shot count, skating to a 3-2 final. The Leafs made it mildly interesting in the final minute when Morgan Rielly scored with 30 seconds left, and Daniel Winnik nearly put an exclamation mark on a nice game by nearly tying it, hitting the post with a few seconds remaining. Some player notes: Morgan Rielly – Good game. Started with a nice rush in the first; followed it up...
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Randy Carlyle speaks with the media following the Leafs 4-3 loss against the Senators on Wednesday night in Toronto.