SPRINGFIELD, Mass. The American Hockey League announced today that Toronto Marlies center Nazem Kadri has been selected as the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Nov. 18, 2012.
Kadri tallied eight points (one goal, seven assists) and a plus-3 rating in four games last week, sparking the Marlies to a 3-1-0-0 record. [more…]
The Game in 6, Dallas Eakins interview and game summary after the jump. [more…]
The now-surging Marlies finish up their eight-game road trip tonight in Hamilton before returning for the back half of the home and home against the Bulldogs tomorrow at the Ricoh (tickets). The Marlies finish up the weekend by hosting Abbotsford on Sunday (tickets).
The big news in Marlie land today is that of Matt Frattin's return to the lineup after an off-season of rehab following knee surgery. Don't expect immediate dividends, but Frattin made a mockery of AHL goaltenders in the Marlies Calder Cup run to the tune of 10 goals, his tenth being the play that ended his 2011-12 season. It's a welcomed addition and a rare case of a player benefiting from this lockout situation - he'll have time to get his game back in shape before someone else can take his spot on the Leafs. [more…]
The Toronto Marlies defeated the Oklahoma City Barons 6-5 in what was a wild, high-scoring affair.
Toronto Marlies vs Oklahoma City Baron's Highlights
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Where it's been positive information overall coming out of the CHL when it comes to Leafs prospects, the same can't be said for the NHL hopefuls currently plying their trade with the Marlies one month into the AHL season.
While the Marlies came back in resounding fashion last night, finally finding some offense to the tune of four third period goals, it was no thanks to the prospects we were hoping to take the next step or at least challenge for it in Joe Colborne, Nazem Kadri, or Ben Scrivens (no disrespect to Carter Ashton, who it was nice to see make an impact last night). [more…]
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The Toronto Marlies (2-2-1) play, guess who, the Hamilton Bulldogs (2-2-0) again tonight in their third of 12 meetings this season after splitting their back to back with the Habs' affiliate last weekend.
It was met with a lot of skepticism when the St. John's Maple Leafs were relocated to Toronto in 2005.Â Seven years later, the move just continues to look better and better.
The Leafs' AHL affiliate had excellent attendance numbers and were highly popular in St. Johnâ€™s during their time there. The move was a result of the Leafsâ€™ desire to reduce travel costs and fill the Ricoh. While the attendance was terrible for the Marlies' first few years of existence â€“ including a low point when barely 2800 people showed up for their first ever home playoff game in 2006 - the team is finally establishing a presence in the city. As the lockout drags on, many Toronto hockey fans are now turning their attention to the Marlies and even taking in a game or two if possible. [more…]
The Marlies bounced back as well as you could have hoped last night against Hamilton with a 5-0 win. An early goal for Greg McKegg, evidence good things can happen in the offensive zone after the Marlies pumped 84 shots and only mustered one goal the last two games, seemed to be the necessary positive bounce to get the team settled and clicking again. From there, two players patiently awaiting game action in Jussi Rynnas and Kenny Ryan headlined the show in their season debuts with the former playing his way to a shutout and the latter potting two goals. Nicolas Deschamps and Mike Kostka rounded out the scoring.
The Marlies play their third game in under 72 hours this afternoon at 3 p.m. against the Grand Rapids Griffins. The Griffins are 1-4 this season but do have the benefit of a night's rest between today and their last game. You can catch the game on Leafs TV.
Consider this your game thread. Anthony Petrielli will have a much more in depth look at the three games this weekend in tomorrow's notebook. Last night's Game in Six is after the jump. [more…]
After a combined 8-1 loss the last two games, the Marlies look to get back on track tonight in the return leg of a home and home against Hamilton.
The Marlies are having a difficulty converting their edge in shots and possession into goals at the moment. Theyâ€™ve outshot their opponents 84 to 39 the last two outings and lost by a combine scored of 8-1, which speaks to issues beyond just scoring goals and certainly their defence hasnâ€™t been itself the last two games. Considering the Marlies were the least scored on team in the AHL last season and have returned the same goalie and what should be an even better D group, the Marliesâ€™ offence (that was middle of the pack last season) is a little more concerning if weâ€™re going to be concerned about anything three games in. [more…]
Let's move on from the depressing CBA talk to the Marlies, whose league isn't locked out and who play three games in three nights this weekend against Hamilton (B2B) and Grand Rapids. Unfortunately tonight's game hasn't been picked up by any of Leafs TV, Sportsnet or TSN Radio, but you can buy a stream to the game over at AHL live for $7, listen in on am820 Hamilton starting at 7:30 p.m., or there's always the option of following along on Twitter. Sportsnet One is showing tomorrow's game, Leafs TV has Sunday's and both will be broadcast on TSN Radio.
We got some good news today on the Matt Frattin front. According to Jon Abbott, he skated in full gear this morning at the Ricoh before the team departed for Hamilton for their first of 12 meetings with the Bulldogs. [more…]
Since thereâ€™s no NHL to speak of at the moment, Leafs Notebook is turning into Marlies Notebook until this lockout is over.
Hereâ€™s the thing though: with different leagues comes different expectations and viewing experiences.
When it comes to watching and evaluating the NHL, itâ€™s very simple: winning is all that matters. Each team in the league continuously tries to get better, figuring out how to start winning or continue winning. In the AHL, that is not necessarily the case. At the end of the day the Marlies will probably be judged by many based on the win and loss column, but what really matters - to me - is the progression of their players and how they can eventually help the Leafs win at the next level. [more…]
Everything that went right for the Marlies yesterday went wrong today against the Lake Erie Monsters - they failed to convert on 11 powerplay opportunities and 40 shots for. The Marlies saw a more aggressive penalty kill from Lake Erie, and as Eakins suggested in his post game interview, the reaction from the powerplay units was to stray from the structure as opposed to stick to the game plan. Seems simplistic to begin and end with the powerplay in this brief game analysis (and the Marlies were far from error free defensively), but bad things are bound to happen when you spend a full period with the man advantage and fail to find the net. The hot goalie in the Lake Erie net didn't do them any favours.
Game in Six after the jump. [more…]