Morning Mashup

Morning Mashup

Sean Couturier

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Saturday Links: Damien Cox: Rebuilding Maple Leafs need to get value in a Dion Phaneuf trade - The Star Chapin Landvogt: SHL Prospects Notebook - Hockey's Future Sam Carchidi: Flyers not looking past lowly Maple Leafs - Philly.com CP: Nylander, Gibson lead Marlies over Comets 3-2 - CP24 Mark Zwolinski: Felix Potvin's lesson for Jonathan Bernier - The Star David Pagnotta: Leafs, Kings engaged in serious discussions - The Fourth Period Mark Easson: Rumors: Flames, Kings, Canes, Leafs, Ducks, Coyotes and Canucks - My NHL Trade Rumors Mark Easson: Rumors II: Avalanche, Maple Leafs and Flyers - My NHL Trade Rumors Mark Easson: Rumors I: Vermette, Winnik, O’Reilly, Legwand and the Canucks - My NHL Trade Rumors Chris Nichols: McKenzie on possibility of...

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A Leaf team that’s proven to have a weak psyche the past few seasons, now mired in one of the worst slumps in recent franchise history, had about the worst thing that could’ve happened happen with the Jonathan Bernier brainfart to start the third, followed by another weak goal against shortly after. One of the worst teams in the League at chasing the lead not surprisingly faded into the night. For the best in the long run, but it’s sure tough to watch in the meantime. The offense has been feast or famine the past two seasons, but the Leafs can't even get...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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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Friday Reading: Leafs in limbo after pointless California trip - The Globe and Mail James Mirtle: This was always the danger in doing what the Toronto Maple Leafs did in the off-season. Maple Leafs sliding fast as scoring troubles intensify - TSN.ca Jonas Siegel: An empty spin through California has the Leafs fading further and further out of a playoff spot. Nonis could have trouble trading Maple Leafs - Sportsnet.ca "The Maple Leafs will have to take a salary they don't want,” Lavoie told The Jeff Blair Show Thursday on Sportsnet 590 The Fan. Maple Leafs in the middle of the best and worst drafting teams...

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Tonight, the Leafs play an Anaheim team they've found some recent success against by playing the firewagon brand of hockey they've started to rein in under Peter Horachek. https://twitter.com/dalter/status/555240391134707712 It'll be interesting to see which way this game goes tonight. Wednesday Links: Anthony Petrielli: Leafs Notebook - What changes has Horachek implemented? Video analysis + the Leafs Notebook (MLHS) Evan Dorey: Game 43 Scoring Chances - Kings 2 vs. Leafs 0, scoring chances not as close as the shot clock (MLHS) Maple Leafs Hot Stove: Randy Horachek after practice - January 13 (MLHS) Jonas Siegel: The Leafs are breaking habits, flipping styles (TSN) James Mirtle: Is William Nylander ready for...

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 Sunday Links Leafs Scoring Chance Tracking – Halfway point - MLHS Game Review: Game #43, Toronto Maple Leafs 5 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets 2 - MLHS Game 42 Scoring Chances: Maple Leafs 5 vs. Blue Jackets 2 - MLHS Game in 12 – Leafs 5, Blue Jackets 2 - MLHS Peter Horachek – Blue Jackets Post-Game - MLHS Darryl Belfry – Macko and Cauz – Jan.9 - MLHS Brendan Shanahan Media Address – January 9 - MLHS Rumors II: Oilers, Hurricanes, Leafs, Kings, Coyotes and Avs - MyNhlTradeRumours Ferraro: Leafs need to surround Kessel with better talent - TSN Leafs’ Phil Kessel makes NHL all-star cut - TheStar Toronto Maple Leafs prospect report: January - Sportsnet

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Last night was a good reality check for anybody expecting an instant turnaround with Randy Carlyle gone, but there were also a few positives. The Leafs appeared to carry a slight edge in play in all three periods, and the numbers agree – Toronto had a couple more shot attempts per period. Peter Horachek mentioned after the game that there have been some nights when the team has allowed 40+ shots and over 25 scoring chances; last night he had the team down for allowing only 12 scoring chances on 26 shots against. The effort was there, the Leafs just made...

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Congrats to Team Canada and the Leafs' Frederik Gauthier on winning the gold on home soil. https://twitter.com/APetrielli/status/552307491263234048 Tuesday Links: Anthony Petrielli: On building around Phil Kessel and more in the Leafs Notebook (MLHS) Bruce Arthur: Team Canada comes of age in world junior golden moment (The Star) Neate Sager: Canada outlasts Russia 5-4 for gold, ending five-year drought (Buzzing the Net) Neate Sager: For Slovakia, first bronze medal in 16 years brings indescribable feelings (Buzzing the Net) IIHF: William Nylander finishes up tied for 4th in 2015 WJC scoring (IIHF.com) James Mirtle: The Maple Leafs' core is fatally flawed (The Globe and Mail) Jeff Blair: Have the Maple Leafs...

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Another embarrassing game for the Toronto Maple Leafs, which makes this countless games this season where you can say that. In World Juniors action, Sweden takes on Russia at 4pm, Canada takes on Slovakia at 8pm. Links Yet another Leaf jersey hits the ice in Winnipeg (CBC) Leafs Blown Out By Paul Maurice, Injured Jets 5-1 (PPP) Maple Leafs’ awful road trip ends in loss to Jets (Sportsnet) Leafs-Jets Postgame w/ Jim Tatti & Jeff O'Neill (TSN)

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The Bruins rivalry seems to bring the best out of the Leafs, from Randy Carlyle's coaching and matchup strategies to their amped-up physical play; the Leafs employ their speed game well against the Bruins (giving up another two-goal lead aside). Nice result to wrap up 2014 with a welcomed return to the lineup for Uncle Leo. Happy New Year's, MLHS. Thursday Links: Jonas Siegel: This could be it for the Leafs' core. And they know it (TSN) James Mirtle: 2014 -- An unforgettable year the Leafs would like to forget (The Globe and Mail) Jeff Simmons: Leafs' Lupul leaves Wednesday's game with a lower-body injury (Sportsnet) Jonas...

Toronto Maple Leafs vs Tampa Bay Lightning - TAMPA, FL - APRIL 8

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The Leafs got lit up for six goals by a poor offensive team again last night, one of a few frustrating themes of their 2014-15 season so far. Conceding six to Florida comes on the heels of high-scoring losses to the Flyers, Hurricanes, Devils, and the Predators and Sabres back in November. And it’s not particularly surprising when you consider the Leafs haven’t outplayed anybody in quite some time. The Leafs dance on a knife’s edge and they’re always one average – not even bad – night from their goaltender away from giving up a whack of goals to any team...

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With the Christmas break in the rearview, a Sunday matinee versus the Panthers in Sunrise, Florida kicks off a furious five-games-in-7-days stretch for the Maple Leafs, all on the road. The Leafs had a hard time against the Panthers last season, losing three of four meetings. Good news on Komarov and more in the Leaf Links. Sunday Links: Ian Dudgeon: Maple Leafs Prospect Rankings - End of 2014 (MLHS) Rob Longley: Full practice for Leo Komarov (Toronto Sun) Jonas Siegel: Komarov practices in full but not yet cleared for contact (Twitter) George Richards: Florida Panthers suddenly rich at forward (Miami Herald) Ryan Dadoun: PHT's Top 14...

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Enjoy your day, ladies and gentleman. Leafs prospects Gauthier and Nylander face different tests at world juniors Drafted players by country for the 2015 World Juniors Florida Panthers coming off hot streak ahead of matchup against Leafs Rumors II: Hurricanes, Maple Leafs, Stars, Kings and Draisaitl David 'Shoaltsie' Shoalts: A Caledon man in the heart of Leafs Nation Nominations For Shaky Hunt Toronto Sports Media MSM Of The Year Moneyball for hockey: How Guelph's HockeyTech is changing the game

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From all of us here at MLHS, have a safe and happy holiday. Leafs Links: Anthony Petrielli: What Does the Future Hold for Jake Gardiner? (MLHS) Evan Dorey: Game 35 Scoring Chances: Leafs 4 vs. Stars 0 (MLHS) Jonas Siegel: New look duo (and Bernier) helps Leafs to victory in Big D (TSN) JP Nikota: Game Recap - Leafs Down  Stars 4-0 (PPP) MLHS: Randy Carlyle Post Game - Leafs 4 vs. Stars 0 (Video) Travis Yost: Maple Leafs in the abyss between contender and pretender (TSN) Michael Langlois: Maple Leafs head into break with a win over Dallas (VLM) Kevin McGran: Life on the road gives Leafs...

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Dallas is currently the worst defensive team in the NHL, averaging 3.38 goals against per game. The Leafs, still the league's highest scoring team, have a good opportunity tonight to bounce back after getting shutout in Chicago on Sunday. However, the Stars are surging (four in a row), and with the Leafs struggling defensively themselves, it's hard not to picture this going the way of a Texas shootout. https://twitter.com/mirtle/status/546856642999226369 Tuesday Links: David Johnson: Optimizing the Leafs Forward Lines (MLHS) Jonas Siegel: Leo Komarov won't be seen again until January at earliest (Twitter) Jonas Siegel: Carlyle's embracing analytics, Kessel's best year (TSN) TSN1050: Steve Spott on Kessel, Leafs' challenges playing...