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The Marlies came into this busy stretch, spanning January 20 to January 26, with five games on the docket; three games on the road to finish up a ridiculous seven-game road trip followed by two home-games on the weekend. The Marlies played, in order: Rockford Icehogs (Chicago), Milwaukee Admirals (Nashville), Hamilton Bulldogs (Montreal), Chicago Wolves (St. Louis), and the Lake Erie Monsters (Colorado). Here is your Marlies report for that week. I’ll be catching up on the most recent games in the days ahead. Game Summaries: Marlies (3) vs IceHogs(2) Marlies Goal Scorers: McKegg, Abbott, Brennan Marlies Assists: Brennan, Abbott (2), Carrick, Broll, McKegg This...

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The Maple Leafs have reportedly recalled 2010 third round pick Greg McKegg from the Toronto Marlies. This appears to be an insurance policy for tomorrow's game vs. the Senators in case Peter Holland can’t go, as he was nursing a minor injury from yesterday’s win over Florida. James van Riemsdyk and Carter Ashton are also banged up at the moment. Sounds like Greg Mckegg is on his way up to the #Leafs— Andrew Walker (@FAN590Walker) January 31, 2014 Greg McKegg has been centering the Marlies’ top line for most of the season and has quietly compiled an impressive 26 points in 35...

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According to @themayor, the Maple Leafs have acquired Manchester Monarchs right-winger Brandon Kozun from the Los Angeles Kings. The 23-year-old Los Angeles native was drafted in the sixth round of the 2009 draft. #LAKings have traded Brandon Kozun to Toronto Maple Leafs. #TML — The Mayor John Hoven (@mayorNHL) January 22, 2014 The 5'8, 180-pound Kozun has been a regular AHL points contributor but has yet to play an NHL game. He has amassed 179 points in 264 AHL games. Some offensive firepower for the Marlies here, from the looks of things, as Kozun is from all reports a skilled little winger...

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Steve Spott - 01/21/2014 Todd Crocker sits down with Steve Spott to discuss the Toronto Marlies season thus far.

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This past week, the Toronto Marlies were looking at games three and four of their current seven-game road trip after garnering three out of four points the previous weekend in St. John’s. The Marlies played the Iowa Wild (Minnesota) on Wednesday and the Chicago Wolves (St. Louis) on Friday. Toronto won both games in OT and came out with all four points, continuing their road success. The Marlies are now 22-11-2-2, leading the North Division by six points over Hamilton with two games in hand. They sit third in the Western Conference, seven back of second-place Texas but with four...

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MLHS' Alec Brownscombe recently caught up with Director of Player Development Jim Hughes to check in on the progress of the younger Maple Leafs. Hughes and Claude Loiselle had recently traveled to the World Juniors together to take in Frederik Gauthier and Andreas Johnson's performances for Team Canada and Team Sweden respectively, as well as one viewing of Fabrice Herzog for Team Switzerland. On Connor Brown's eye-popping production: JH: In Connor’s case, the goals and assists are in a lot of ways just the result of his whole makeup. He loves the game, he works extremely hard day in day out, he’s...

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The Marlies came into the past weekend facing a back to back set against the St. John’s Ice Caps on the road.  Since our last Marlies report (Dec. 7), the Marlies have won seven of 11 games, including the AHL Outdoor Classic and a previous home win against the Ice Caps (3-2W) on December 15. The Marlies came into the weekend looking to take as many points as possible; this was the beginning of a 7-game road trip, and in a tough North Division starting a long road trip with some points in the bank is crucial for morale. A...

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As those who could tolerate  the Fox Sports commentators and the poor camera angles can attest to, the Marlies staged a late comeback effort to win 4-3 in shootout over the Grand Rapids Griffins in the Hockeytown Winter Festival Outdoor game. The Marlies sit 17-10-3 at the 30-game pole and now lead the North Division by three points over Hamilton with three games in hand. This Marlies team is interesting to watch, in the sense that there is a contradistinction between their style of play and that of the big club. Aside from Spencer Abott, who at least to me...

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MLHS is pleased to have Daniel Kovalevsky, better known as Pent_House around these parts, contributing some Marlies writings going forward. A pivotal match against the Montreal Canadien’s AHL affiliate, The Hamilton Bull-Dogs, awaited the Marlies at the Ricoh on Saturday, as these divisional foes met up for their 5th of 12 regular season contests. Along with being the Battle of Ontario in the AHL, this game was important for the Marlies as these teams are divisional rivals in a tightly-grouped North Division, with the 4th place Bulldogs only 2 points behind the 1st place Marlies. The Marlies came into the game...

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The Toronto Marlies defeated the Charlotte Checkers, AHL affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes, by a score of 3-2 Tuesday night at Ricoh Coliseum. Rasmus Rissanen opened the scoring for the Checkers at 11:02 of the first period. The Marlies would tie the game on Brad Ross’ first goal of the season at 14:30. Josh Leivo notched the lone second period goal on a powerplay at 5:36. The two teams traded goals in the final frame, with Brett Sutter scoring at 2:17 and Troy Bodie tallying the game winning goal at 13:26. The Marlies return to the ice on Saturday, November 23...

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Courtesy of the Toronto Marlies: "The Marlies posted a record of 1-0-1-0 in two games this past week. On Friday night, Toronto traveled down the QEW for their third meeting of the season against the Hamilton Bulldogs, AHL affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens. Despite Josh Leivo scoring his first goal of the season just over five minutes into the game, the Marlies were defeated 2-1 in overtime. Martin St. Pierre tallied both goals for the Bulldogs, while goaltender Drew MacIntyre stopped 35 of 37 shots in the loss. In their second game of the week, the Marlies defeated the...

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The Rockford IceHogs, AHL affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks, defeated the Toronto Marlies by a score of 3-2 Wednesday night at Ricoh Coliseum. Greg McKegg’s second goal of the season opened the scoring at 4:18 of the first period. The Marlies would take a 2-0 lead on Carter Ashton’s second goal in as many games. Rockford tied the game at two on goals from both Alex and Terry Broadhurst before the end of the period. Jeremy Morin notched his 4th goal of the season with under six minutes remaining in regulation to give the IceHogs their 5th victory of the...

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The Leafs are officially in the midst of their first losing "streak" of the season. Tuesday's contest sees the 7-1 Anaheim Ducks visit town, which will be another difficult test for a Leafs team who have yet to really hit their stride despite being 6-3 on the season. The Ducks shellacked the Stars 6-3 last night, and Getzlaf, Perry, Jakub Silfverberg, Selanne and Mathieu Perreault, who is getting a chance to center their second line, are all off to hot starts. While the hope will be that the return of Kulemin and Clarkson from injury and suspension will help the...

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Steve Spott's team is off to a surprising start (in a good way) to their 2013-14 season. Here's your update courtesy of the Marlies: "The Toronto Marlies pushed their unbeaten streak to three games with a 6-3 victory over the St. John’s IceCaps, AHL affiliate of the Winnipeg Jets, on Saturday afternoon at Ricoh Coliseum. After earning AHL Player of the Week honours for the period ending October 6, T.J. Brennan added his second hat trick of the season this week. John-Michael Liles, Wade MacLeod and Stefan Legein recorded the other Toronto goals. Captain Trevor Smith and assistant captain...

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Alec Brownscombe caught up with Director of Player Development Jim Hughes to touch base on the performances and progress of the younger members of the Leaf organization after the completion of 2013 training camp. Alec Brownscombe: If you can make a general comment, were you happy with the training camp - dating back to the rookie tourney - in terms of what you saw on display from the younger members of the organization? Jim Hughes: Yeah, I think we’re all really happy with the forward transition from the prospect camp, to the rookie camp, to the NHL camp. We’re all happy...

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The Leafs wrapped up what was a pretty good weekend by imploding in the third period and losing handily, but that doesn’t take away from some of the positives that were shown overall. There were some youngsters who had good weekends, others who had very good weekends, and a few who struggled. In other news, the Leafs also have a new player coming to training camp in Mason Raymond. You know hockey is back when there are actual relevant games and players to talk about all of a sudden. Here are some scattered thoughts on the weekend that was: -...

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Welcome to the Battle of Ontario edition of our Rookie Tournament coverage. As we all know, Ottawa sucks and while I have no idea who will dress for the Baby Leafs tonight at this point, I can't imagine that we'll have any problem walking all over them; their parents probably won't even watch out of shame and embarrassment. The Leafs have won both of their games in the tourney so far and the players who you'd expect to standout have done just that.  Brad Ross, Morgan Rielly, Stuart Percy, Petter Granberg, and Josh Leivo (before his injury) have all been great and Zach Yuen turned a...

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So with Rielly, Leivo, MacWilliam, McKegg, and Sparks all sitting this game out and Finn leaving mysteriously after a period of play, you might have guessed that this would be a tough one for the Leafs rookies but you'd be wrong. Stuart Percy was the best player on the ice, and Brad Ross was the best forward for either team pacing the Leafs to a 4-3 shootout win over a Penguins team with no competent forwards. Zachary Yuen was probably the game's biggest surprise.  He had a solid game in every respect and almost certainly opened some eyes with his performance...

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Here we go again. With Brian Burke back in the news, it's fitting that his greatest contribution to the Maple Leafs -- a rebuilt farm system -- take center stage in the days leading up to actual meaningful hockey.  The Baby Leafs have a gold-plated defense group and a forward contingent that breaks down fairly nicely into scoring lines and checking lines; the lines should pretty much roll themselves. With players like Morgan Rielly trying to make an impact prior to the start of Leafs camp, and guys like Leivo, Biggs, and Percy looking to solidify key roles with the Marlies, the...

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HOCKEY. The Maple Leafs' annual Rookie Tournament is upon us. Toronto hosts Chicago Jr. tonight at the Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario. Toronto Maple Leafs new and 'not-so-old' will have a chance to display their talents for the Maple Leafs Brass in what should be an entertaining tilt of careful pre-pre-season stepping and spirited verbal jousting. For all your basic rookie tournament info needs, the Leafs' official website pretty much has you covered. View the roster and schedule breakdown. Read the primer for tonight's game, which includes broadcast details. Or watch an interview with Marlies coach Steve Spott in which he talks...