Tuesday, April 21, 2015
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For those watching this game with an eye on draft positioning: https://twitter.com/mirtle/status/560857285660901376 It's been tough sledding of late watching the Leafs play, to say the least; the meaninglessness of the game as far as playoffs go and the fact that it was a classic Jersey game tempted the clicker finger of even the most devout Leafs fans last night. And we're still in late January with 30+ games to go. With the 16-25-6 Coyotes on the docket, the combined playoff odds in this matchup are just as low as last night. At the same time, with Phaneuf out, seeing Rielly and Gardiner in serious-minute territory...

In their first game back since the All Star break, the Maple Leafs showed the type of defensive effort that new coach Peter Horachek has been looking for. While their offensive struggles continued in New Jersey, they had one of their best defensive games of the season. They held the Devils to only three ES chances in the first two periods and the game was up for grabs heading into the final twenty minutes. James van Riemsdyk put them ahead in the third, and they seemed well placed to hold the lead, until a bad icing was followed by a...

Peter Horachek addresses media following the Leafs 2-1 shootout loss to the Devils on Wednesday night.

The reality for both these teams is that the trade deadline and draft positioning have become the only real talking points of relevance down the stretch. The Devils are trotting out a roster that was best suited to contend just after the 04-05 lockout. The Leafs have one win in the year 2015 and are now without a top pairing defenceman; the current solution with Phaneuf out is moving Korbinian Holzer over to his weak side and playing him on the top pairing with Cody Franson. The Leafs do have Leo Komarov, expected to start with Kadri and Kessel, and Peter Holland, expected to play with Winnik...

Tuesday Practice Lines: https://twitter.com/jonastsn1050/status/560126412078993408 https://twitter.com/markhmasters/status/560131498968641536 https://twitter.com/markhmasters/status/560131954671362048 Injury Updates: https://twitter.com/jonastsn1050/status/560141020491702272 Wednesday Links: Elliotte Friedman: 30 Thoughts -- Leafs & Mike Richards (Sportsnet.ca) Calgary and Toronto were reported to be the two teams most involved in a Richards trade. I do believe the Dion Phaneuf-Richards idea was seriously considered, although other pieces were going to be involved. I don’t know which team asked, or how the overall package was going to look, but word is the Kings ultimately said no to any deal because they were unwilling to include either Tanner Pearson or Tyler Toffoli. Jonas Siegel: Franson unsure of Leaf future as trade talks swirl (TSN.ca) Already looking tight with next...

Peter Horachek speaks with members of the media following Wednesday's morning skate.

Monday's happenings: D Dion Phaneuf is expected to be out "week-to-week" with an upper body injury (hand, from last week's fights). D Stephane Robidas left the ice before practice started. F Leo Komarov is expected to return Wednesday against the Devils, while F Joffrey Lupul and F Peter Holland remain day-to-day. D Petter Granberg and F Josh Leivo were recalled from the Toronto Marlies Practice Pairs: https://twitter.com/markhmasters/status/559839038438662144 Can you say yikes... Tuesday Links: Anthony Petrielli: Will NHL Teams Start Using NBA Cap Relief Ideas? (MLHS) This is the way the league is going, and it is prevalent to a Leafs team that will possibly/probably want to move guys like David Clarkson, Dion Phaneuf,...

Peter Horachek speaks with members of the media following Tuesday's practice.

Much, if not all, of the grief he received this weekend was in good fun. Still, it seems odd how many people forget that Kessel deserves the respect of … you know, a perennial All-Star. Monday Links: James O'Brien: The hockey world's been awfully hard on Phil Kessel (Pro Hockey Talk) As amusing as some of this stuff is, perhaps it should also prompt a moratorium on Kessel mockery. Let’s face it, the 27-year-old’s been receiving a disproportionate amount of grief for basically his entire NHL career. Kevin McGran: Maple Leafs push centennial wishlist at All Star bash (Toronto Star) The Maple Leafs, with...

Toronto Marlies head coach Gord Dineen on William Nylander's debut in last night's 3-0 loss to the Hamilton Bulldogs: Saturday Links: Maple Leafs Hot Stove: Eventful night for Phil Kessel at the NHL All Star Draft (Video) The player least interested in the spotlight took center stage again at the NHL All Star Draft. Mike Zeisberger: Phil Kessel wants to remain a Leaf, says 'I love Toronto' (Toronto Sun) Yet, through all the scrutiny, all the Phil-bashing, all the white noise coming from the outside, Kessel is steadfast in his desire to remain in Toronto. Sean Gentille: NHL All Star Draft -- Finally, it was fun...
Phil Kessel and Tyler Seguin Shake Hands

The player least interested in the spotlight took center stage again at the NHL All Star Draft. Who else but The Phil. In a classy move by Jonathan Toews, he drafted Kessel with his first selection and called him the most coachable player in the League. https://vine.co/v/OI0Xd7OM6e3 Kessel took a moment to enjoy some eye candy before the sudden realization hits that he's on national television: https://vine.co/v/OI0DwW2ad1J Toews then turned his back on Phil and peddled him for Tyler Seguin: Just another day in the life for a nice guy who tries hard and loves the game.

Projected Marlies lines: https://twitter.com/KyleTheReporter/status/558300450047680513 Marlies Head Coach Gord Dineen on Nylander's debut: Friday Links: Anthony Petrielli: Leafs Notebook -- January 22 (Maple Leafs Hot Stove) If the Leafs keep Nonis, they will do so with the hopes that he can help clean up his own mess, but the last two summers are an indication it is time for a change. Elliotte Friedman: 30 Thoughts -- Points 4-9 on the Maple Leafs (Sportsnet.ca) Phaneuf has a big ticket, and the Maple Leafs will need to get creative in dealing with it, but he could fit where he’s not expected to carry the load. I’d expect Shanahan and...

The Leafs had another disaster of a first period in Ottawa, as after getting the first two chances, they were out-chanced 10-2 the rest of the way, and fell behind 3-0. While the Carolina game saw them give up the third goal early in the second, this time Toronto got it out of the way earlier, with Zibanejad scoring in the last minute of the first. The Leafs were much better in the second, and cut the deficit to one early in the final period. For the first six minutes of the third, it looked like Toronto might be able...

The 21st place Maple Leafs (2-8-0 in their last 10) are in Kanata to take on the Senators (4-4-2) in a meaningless game between two rivals. A tank battle for the ages; the Toronto Maple Leafs are now in a position where the team, as currently constructed, has had a fork put in it by fans and media. What's left is a poorly constructed roster that is going to need an overhaul. Ottawa, who have the lowest payroll in the league, are just ahead of Toronto. Reimer is 8-1-0 vs Ottawa. Maple Leafs Projected Lines James van Riemsdyk - Nazem Kadri - Phil...

Jokes aside, there's two teams that all Leafs fans, whether motivated by playoffs or draft picks, unequivocally must cheer for their team to beat -- The Sens and the Habs. Yesterday's Leafs lines, sans Bozak (missed practice due to personal reasons): https://twitter.com/jonasTSN1050/status/557579181580890112 Wednesday Links: Corey Pronman: William Nylander the best prospect outside the NHL (TSN 1050) ESPN NHL Prospects Writer Corey Pronman joins Mike Hogan and Jeremy Taggart to discuss William Nylander's rank among the world's top prospects and more. Sportsnet Staff: Struggling Maple Leafs recall Josh Leivo, Stuart Percy (Sportsnet.ca) The Leafs have recalled forward Josh Leivo and defenceman Stuart Percy from the Toronto Marlies, and reassigned...
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ESPN NHL Prospects Writer Corey Pronman joins Mike Hogan and Jeremy Taggart to discuss William Nylander's rank among the world's top prospects and more.

In their return home, the Leafs had a bad first period, giving up two goals in forty seconds to fall behind again. They then compounded those struggles by surrendering a third in the first minute of the second period. After that, they really took charge of the game, with a couple of excellent shifts helping them to dominate the scoring chances, taking the period 11-2 at ES. None of those chances managed to turn into goals, as Toronto's scoring drought continued. Toronto weren't as good in the third, but did manage some power-play chances, and eventually got a goal with...