Morning Mashup

Morning Mashup

Jake Gardiner

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The Philadelphia Flyers are in town to take on the Maple Leafs, in what will be the last of a long home stand for the Leafs, who are vacating the ACC for the World Junior Championships. Leaf Links Nazem Kadri: Is he a 1C? - Domenic Galamini Leafs' Dion Phaneuf quietly putting together strong season: DiManno Star Leafs' Gardiner may be odd man out vs Flyers Sportsnet 'Very erratic': Leafs' Carlyle on Gardiner's play Sun Long road ahead for Maple Leafs Sun Carter Ashton joins Marlies on conditioning stint Sun Maple Leafs patient with William Nylander Sun Leafs' Gardiner still under construction Sun Mason injured at Flyers practice The Mercury

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The Leafs and Marlies are hoping Brandon Kozun will have cleared waivers by noon; the Leafs are in Carolina looking to extend their win streak to seven, a game they should win but could be a trap after some big wins over good teams; Roman Polak is expected to make his return to the lineup, with Korbinian Holzer likely going to the press box for the time being. Thursday Links: Mike Johnston: Brandon Kozun on waivers as Polak set to be activated off IR (Sportsnet) Jonas Siegel: The heavy workload of Toronto's no. 1 is suiting Jonathan Bernier just fine (TSN) James Mirtle: The five ways...

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Toronto ends their home heavy schedule this Saturday (to make way for the World Juniors at the ACC) and begins a 7 game road trip starting Sunday vs the Chicago Blackhawks. The red-hot Anaheim Ducks are in town tonight to take on the red-hot Maple Leafs, in what could be a great matchup. Much has been made about the Maple Leafs possession woes this season. While being abhorrent last year, they are making ground on becoming a better possession team through better personnel and, most importantly, through better systemic process and tactics.  During a Saturday morning chat, Mike Babcock was asked about the...

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Monday Links: Audio: Dave Nonis on Leafs Lunch, Dave Nonis with Jeff Blair (TSN, Sportsnet) Anthony Petrielli: Why the first line needs to be broken up, Kadri’s nice season & more (MLHS) David Johnson: JVR, PDO, and the Leafs Defence (MLHS) Evan Dorey: Game #30 Scoring Chances: Leafs 4 vs. Kings 3 (MLHS) Jonas Siegel: Leafs cap whirlwind month by defeating Cup champs (TSN) Michael Traikos: Maple Leafs benefitting from the evolution of Nazem Kadri (National Post) Thomas Drance: Maple Leafs' William Nylander guilty of water bottle cruelty (The Score) Kyle Cicerella: Leaf prospect Connor Brown playing above his rookie status (Kyle The Reporter) Michael Langlois: On a...

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Friday links... MLHS Leaf Links Kyle Dubas with Jeff Blair Game Review: Game #28, Toronto Maple Leafs 2 vs. Detroit Red Wings 1 (SO) Game 28 Scoring Chances: Maple Leafs 2 vs. Red Wings 1 (SO) Game Review: Game #27, Toronto Maple Leafs 4 vs. Calgary Flames 1 Game 27 Scoring Chances: Maple Leafs 4 vs. Flames 1 Leafs Notebook – December 8 Leafs Links Maple Leafs likely to miss playoffs, hockey analytics suggest - The Star Mirtle: Reimer should get chance to help the Leafs – or someone else - Mirtle, G&M Mirtle: Dubas stresses Leafs need to focus on ‘process,’ not points 26 - Mirtle, G&M Dreger: Leafs still...

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Tuesday Morning Links: Anthony Petrielli: Shanahan took flack in the summer, but not selling low and finding bargain UFAs is a good start + Leafs Notebook (MLHS) Pierre LeBrun: Cap projected somewhere between $72 and 74 million for next season (ESPN) Lance Hornby: Leafs prepare for Burkie bowl vs Calgary Flames (Canoe) Jonas Siegel and Mark Masters: Leafs Week touches on Kessel's health, Bernier as number 1, much more (TSN) Stephen Whyno: Las Vegas given green light by NHL to gauge expansion interest (Globe & Mail) James Mirtle: Most Canadian NHL teams surprising with good seasons (Globe & Mail) Michael Traikos: Leo Komarov still experiencing headaches after hard hit from...

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Couple of good tests coming up this week for the Leafs: First, the hard-working upstart Calgary Flames come to town on Tuesday before a divisional home and home with the surging Detroit Red Wings (8-2 in last 10) on Wednesday and Saturday. Monday Morning Links: Kyle Cicerella: Marlies experimenting with Tyler Biggs at center (Kyle The Reporter) ICYMI: Leafs have made some changes to their player development department (David Alter) Jonas Siegel: Bernier gets groove back as Leafs storm past Vancouver (TSN) Bar Down: Phaneuf and Kessel rematch in ping pong (TSN) Michael Traikos: Phil Kessel may have image of laziness, but he's made of iron...

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Leo update: https://twitter.com/mirtle/status/540197457456799745 Get your Wednesday night links: Game Review: Game #24, Toronto Maple Leafs 5 vs. Dallas Stars 3 Review, shot location chart, possession chart, Maple Leaf player notes and boxscore Game in 12: Leafs 5, Stars 3 Game minute compressed Leafs/Stars "Game in 12" Game 24 Scoring Chances: Maple Leafs 5 vs. Stars 3 Evan Dorey with Leafs/Stars scoring chances (and cumulative scoring chances on the season) Randy Carlyle Post Game: Leafs 5 vs. Stars 3 Randy talkin' hockey. Peter Horachek – Sportsnet 590 Horachek talking about the process of transforming the Leafs into a defensively minded club. Leafs Notebook – December 2 Anthony Petrielli with his weekly Leafs Notebook talking Franson and...

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Tuesday Links: Stephen Burtch: Playing hardball with Franson will cost Leafs (Sportsnet) Rob Longley: Frederik Gauthier invited to Team Canada selection camp (Toronto Sun) Micheal Traikos: Assistant coach Steve Spott having positive influence on David Clarkson (National Post) Ed Dermit: Maple Leafs have small but promising group of prospects at the junior level (Hockey's Future) Michael Traikos: Leo Komarov a question mark for game versus Stars (National Post) Lance Hornby: 'Tell everyone I'm fine,' Komarov misses practice (Toronto Sun) Mark Zwolinski: Trevor Smith making decision tough on Maple Leafs (Toronto Star) Draglikepull: How many points will Tyler Bozak score this season? (Pension Plan Puppets) Michael Langlois: Maple Leafs...

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Friday Links: The Pens Blog: Diary of a drunk Leafs fan: Follow the emotions of sitting next to a Leafs fan MapleLeafs.com: Super intense kid grills Lupul about his relationship status (Video) James Mirtle: Maple Leafs get their quarter-season report cards (The Globe and Mail) Michael Traikos: Maple Leafs struggle with the man advantage but thrive with the man down (National Post) Jonas Siegel: Maple Leafs rally for 'moral' victory in Pittsburgh (TSN) Dom Luszczyszyn: Maple Leafs point projections: Playoffs? (The Leafs Nation) Michael Langlois: A few more memories of Pat Quinn (Vintage Leaf Memories)

Phil Kessel Penguins

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For the first time this season, the Maple Leafs are going to ice a lineup featuring a fully healthy group of forwards tonight with the returns of David Booth and Joffrey Lupul. Who's the other forward coming out? What are the lines going to be? We'll find out as game time approaches.   Wednesday Links: Anthony Petrielli: Leafs Notebook - November 25  (MLHS) Evan Dorey: Leafs Scoring Chance Tracking -- At the Quarter Mark (MLHS) Stephen Burtch: On Big Ice #2 -- "Basically like TED Talks for Hockey" taking place Thursday at Bathurst and Bloor (PPP) Elliotte Friedman: 30 Thoughts (Points 14-16 deal with #SaluteGate) (Sportsnet) James Mirtle: Lupul knows the Leafs...

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Just a small selection of an outpouring of excellent tributes to Pat Quinn yesterday as the hockey world stopped to mourn the loss of one of its greats: Tributes -- RIP Pat Quinn (1943-2014) Anthony Petrielli: The Mighty Quinn James Mirtle: Leafs players & staff remember Quinn Steve Milton: Humble, full of heart, Quinn was pure Hamilton Steve Simmons: Quinn was a larger than life figure Michael Langlois: Remembering Quinn with fondness and deep respect David Shoalts: Quinn -- A leader who was always 'just hockey' TSN1050: Darcy Tucker shares memories of Quinn TSN1050: Scotty Bouwman shares memories of Quinn Tuesday Leafs Links: Anthony Petrielli: Leafs Notebook - November 25th (MLHS) Jonas Siegel:...

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Roman Polak is out for what is being described as "a while," which is not particularly surprising given the optics of the injury he sustained to his ankle on Saturday. Also injured is the Leafs' only defence call-up so far this season, Stuart Percy, who has missed the last three Marlies games. Hurt also is Petter Granberg. Word is right-hander Korbinian Holzer will get in his first NHL regular season game since March of 2013, sliding in on the right side of the bottom pairing. While he can provide a right hand shot with some size and grit, replacing Polak, who was performing...

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Toronto media knows no bounds and keep the flames bellowed on what is certainly the biggest non-story of the year; the players chose a poor time to cut the post-game faux fan appreciation salute and have endured the wrath of Toronto's media since then. Brendan Shanahan on TSN 1050 (MLHS) Brendan Shanahan stops by the TSN booth at the Special Olympics Fundraiser and talks #SaluteGate, Leadership, Team Composition and more. Brian Burke on TSN 1050 (MLHS) Burke, also at the Special Olympics Gala. Sadly, we've heard more from the former GM of the team—and with more insight into the team—than the current GM. Game Review:...

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

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For those expecting a significant knee jerk reaction after the gruesome losses to Buffalo Sabres and Nashville Predators, here you go: https://twitter.com/jonasTSN1050/status/535131838285897728 Thursday Links: Greg Wyshynski: Ron Wilson has scathing words for Maple Leafs fans and the ACC atmosphere (Puck Daddy) Sean Fitzgerald: Brian Burke on the media -- Why should Phil Kessel have to speak to those pukes everyday? (National Post) Jonas Siegel: Shanahan's tallest task lies with burdensome core (TSN) Tie Domi: On the pressures of playing in Toronto as a Maple Leaf (TSN1050) Laura Saba: The Toronto Maple Leafs, compete level, and accountability (Eyes on the Prize) Michael Langlois: Pride in the jersey --...

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Dreger: Interest in O'Reilly from Oilers, Jets, Leafs Mirtle: Unsustainable Flames can't keep burning teams forever Petrielli: Leafs Notebook, Nov. 17th Johnson: An advanced stats look at the Leaf players through 18 games Arthur: Phil Kessel cold shoulder low on list of Maple Leafs’ problems Langlois: Will the real Maple Leafs please stand up? Vollman: Why Kessel-type deals are worth it

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The week coming up has Nashville Predators Tuesday, Tampa Bay Lightning Thursday and Detroit Red Wings Saturday. Here be your links. Leaf Links Jonas Siegel on Phil Kessel (TSN) Siegel pulls a temper tantrum and insinuates he's going to "out" Kessel after the notoriously quiet player doesn't want to talk to media after a humiliating loss. Dreger on Lupul's injuries, trade potential (Nichols on Hockey) On Joffrey Lupul’s injury history and if that might impact the Leafs’ decision on what to do with him Leafs Notebook - November 17 (MLHS) Petrielli on Pat Burns, a nice tribute to Bryan Murray and insight into the week that was An Advanced...

Phil Kessel Penguins

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Pittsburgh tonight followed by Buffalo tomorrow. Better to be playing the Sabres when tired than the Penguins, at least. Friday Links: Paul Hendrick: Peter Horachek interview -- talks backside pressure, neutral zone coverage (Leafs TV) Jonas Siegel: Cody Franson's stock is rising for the Leafs at just the right time (TSN) Siegel & Mirtle: Jonas Siegel and James Mirtle on the Leaf Report Podcast (TSN) Mark Masters: "He's a god-given talent," a closer look at Phil Kessel's magic stick (TSN) Mark Zwolinski: Maple Leafs, Penguins matchup puts new playing styles to the test (Toronto Star) Michael Traikos: Maple Leafs find public humiliation can be good for you...

Nazem Kadri

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https://twitter.com/dalter/status/532194662644461568 Anthony Petrielli: Leafs Notebook - November 11th - (MLHS) Evan Dorey: Scoring Chances — Maple Leafs 5 vs. Senators 3 (MLHS) Alec Brownscombe: Game Review — Maple Leafs 5 vs. Senators 3 - (MLHS) Curt Snoddon: Prospect Update with updated prospect stats table — November 10 (MLHS) Josh Weissbock: The Maple Leafs’ salary cap loophole - (The Hockey Writers) Jonas Siegel: Increasing use of youth pays dividends for Leafs - (TSN) Bower Power: PK Magic Keeps on Clicking – Leafs Beat Senators  - (PPP) James Mirtle: Why 3 on 3 could kill the shootout and why that’s a good thing - (G&M) Kevin McGran: Catching up with former Leafs head coach John Brophy -...

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Another paper-only cap transaction by the Leafs with their ELCs today, explained in the first link. https://twitter.com/mirtle/status/531855167080382464 Monday Night Links: Josh Weissbock: The Maple Leafs' salary cap loophole (The Hockey Writers) Jonas Siegel: Increasing use of youth pays dividends for Leafs (TSN) Bower Power: PK Magic Keeps on Clicking - Leafs Beat Senators (PPP) James Mirtle: Why 3 on 3 could kill the shootout and why that's a good thing (G&M) Kevin McGran: Catching up with former Leafs head coach John Brophy (TorStar) Chris Hofley: Battle of Ontario fan brawl goes viral (Toronto Sun) Michael Langlois: Is it time for the Leafs to consider trading Jake Gardiner? (VLM) MLHS: Curt...