Sunday, April 19, 2015
Morning Mashup

Morning Mashup

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30 Thoughts: NHL Awards edition SN Report: Stoll arrested for cocaine possession SN NHL Draft Lottery: All you need to know SN Canadiens upend Senators in overtime SN Lack shines as Canucks even series SN Marlies Clinch Playoff Spot TLN McDavid talks Leafs, Oilers ahead of lottery SN Why do people keep paying obscene amounts of money to watch the Leafs lose? FP McDavid or not, Leafs will be happy Sun McDavid is a generational prize TSN “Under absolutely no circumstances” do Edmonton Oilers deserve Connor McDavid, says Ontario hockey writer Edmonton Post    

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https://twitter.com/darrendreger/status/589084009717637120 Burke's potential role isn't clear, but the two have history dating back to their New Jersey Devils days. He wouldn't exactly be an experienced candidate, but some may be unaware Burke has been in a managerial role for six years dating back to 2008, when he was hired by the Coyotes as the 'Director of Prospect Development.' He now works as both an AGM and a goalie coach in Phoenix. Friday Links: Lance Hornby: Even if Leafs get McDavid, they have a long way to go (Toronto Sun) “We must be realistic,” Dubas said, en route to watching the Marlies play Friday in Milwaukee....

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It was a fun opening night of round one last night. Your recap: Tonight's games: Pittsburgh vs. NY Rangers - 7 p.m., CBC Detroit vs. Tampa Bay - 7:30 p.m., Sportsnet Minnesota vs. St. Louis - 9:30 p.m., Sportsnet 360 Winnipeg vs. Anaheim - 10:30 p.m., Sportsnet Thursday Links: Sean McIndoe: 10 Observations in the Aftermath of ‘The Slash’ (Grantland) There may not be a combination of teams in the league that are any worse suited to handle this kind of situation. Montreal fans and media are obsessed with the team’s history and status, yet weirdly predisposed to view everything through the lens of shadowy conspiracy; Senators fans...

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A few items before the links. Great Spring weather with playoff hockey in the air; the only way it gets any better is if the Leafs are playing instead of firing people. MLHS commenter Luke_R has set up a playoff bracket challenge for us; come compete for bragging rights. I The Bruins have fired Peter Chiarelli. Chiarelli did some great things to create the Bruins' window for contention and he can ultimately rest his head on his Cup ring, but he definitely had a bad couple of years that precipitated the closure of that window and steered the Bruins away from sustained...

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All of your coverage from the past few days in one spot: Brendan Shanahan well aware of past managerial downfalls Brendan Shanahan's Media Address: Notable Passages Brendan Shanahan's Media Address: Video Bob McKenzie: Mike Futa could be perfect fit as Leafs GM Leafs fire Director of Pro Scouting Steve Kasper and Director of Player Development Jimmy Hughes; Director of Amateur Scouting Dave Morrison expected to stay on Leafs fire Dave Nonis, Peter Horachek, Steve Spott, Chris Dennis, Rick St. Croix Tuesday Links:I Kyle Cicerella: Kyle Dubas, Maple Leafs implementing a new vision for player development (Kyle The Reporter) “I think to pigeonhole a player with the Marlies as...

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It should be a busy day on the media rounds for Leafs players and management to say the least, with the exit interviews coming a day after what's being described as the biggest, swiftest organizational overhaul in Leafs history. With the clearcutting more or less complete, we should get some more information on who all remains among the scouts today and maybe some hints about what the direction is going to be in terms of replacements for the jettisoned personnel. Brendan Shanahan's press conference will air at 2 p.m. We'll have the stream up here when the time comes. Monday Links: Alec Brownscombe...

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https://twitter.com/reporterchris/status/586154061461852160 https://twitter.com/MLHS_Mike/status/586158883632189440 Thursday Links: Chris Johnston: Maple Leafs call up Colton Orr for season finale (Sportsnet) This has been a dark, dark season for the Maple Leafs. Even on a micro level there hasn’t been much to celebrate. But the decision to recall Colton Orr from the American Hockey League and give him one more NHL game should be. It is a fitting thank you for a player that embodied professionalism during six seasons with the organization. I Rinat Valiev will join the Marlies with his WHL season in the books: Prospect Rinat Valiev has officially been added to Marlies roster for remainder of...

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A hat trick from Brendan Leipsic and a goal and an assist from William Nylander sent the Marlies to a vital 7-4 win over the Adirondack Flames last night. The current playoff situation with six games to go:   Wednesday Links: Mark Zwolinski: Five head coaching candidates for Maple Leafs (Toronto Star) In an ideal world, Babcock would change scenery, opt out of resigning with Detroit, then break the bank with his coaching salary in Toronto and set a new pay bar for NHL coaches. It’s the scenario that everyone is talking about in Toronto. Not Babcock, though. I Stephen Whyno: David Booth finds success amid team's dysfunction...

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Monday Links: Jonas Siegel: Bernier ready to stick with Leafs through rebuild (TSN.ca) “I think rebuild is a big word first of all. Sometimes you’re just missing a couple pieces to really get to the point where you want to be. But I definitely like it here…Whatever decisions they’re going to make in the summer or the next couple years or whatever it is, I’d definitely like to be part of it. Personally I don’t think we’re that far. But yeah, I’d love to stay here and for a long time obviously.” I James Mirtle: Maple Leafs now guaranteed a good draft pick: Likely first,...

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A back to back with the Bruins and Senators this weekend means if their two division rivals want the final wildcard spot, they'll have to go through these Toronto Maple Leafs! .... 4 more games to go. Friday Links: Elliotte Freidman: 30 Thoughts -- April 3rd (Sportsnet.ca) Interesting thought that would play into any potential Dion Phaneuf to Detroit trade: The Red Wings have plenty of cap room, but remember Justin Abdelkader, Danny DeKeyser, Darren Helm, Gustav Nyquist, Riley Sheahan and Brendan Smith make a little less than a combined $9.5 million right now. All of their contracts are up by the summer of 2016. What will their...

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The Marlies rebounded with an important 4-3 win yesterday against Rochester to move them within two points of 8th with two games in hand on the two teams immediately ahead of them (Hamilton and Milwaukee). Connor Brown's goal and three assists vaulted him into first in the rookie scoring race with 55 points in 66 games, while William Nylander added a goal and an assist (now has 19 in 27). Ryan Rupert also scored and is chugging along with a quietly solid clip of 25 points in 48 games in his rookie AHL season. Rupert and Brown share the team lead in plus-minus...

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The Oilers winning two in a row has them gaining ground fast on a Leafs team that's barely gained a point in three months. Once thought an impossible feat (getting within shouting distance of the Oilers and Coyotes), Edmonton is now just three points back with seven games remaining. Catching 2nd-last Arizona, who trail by 6 points, is pretty unlikely unless the Leafs lose out and Arizona finishes "strong" (.500ish). But hey, never count this Leafs team out!     The Marlies play this afternoon at 3 p.m. in a game with serious playoff implications, as their opponent in Hamilton currently holds the 8th-seed and is...

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There's at least one playoff chase alive and well in Toronto: Byron Froese, who the Marlies just signed to an AHL contract extension for next season, scored twice to lead the Marlies to a 3-2 win over OKC yesterday afternoon  (Froese now sits fourth on the team in goal scoring with 14, despite playing just 34 games). With 12 games to go, the Marlies are now just one point back of the eighth seed and play the eighth place Hamilton Bulldogs this Saturday. Also worth noting - now riding a four game win streak, Christopher Gibson's save percentage has risen to an...

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Next to zero chance the Leafs catch Arizona, Edmonton or Buffalo at this stage, but they fell back into fourth last with Carolina's point against Columbus last night, which was conveniently 3-point game among the two teams closest to the Leafs in the standings. Wednesday Links: Anthony Petrielli: Leafs Notebook - March 10 (MLHS) Phaneuf is a lightning rod and that makes it tough to cut through the nonsense and see his real value. On a team like Detroit, they have a defense with Kronwall, Danny DeKeyser, Jonathon Ericsson, Kyle Quincey and now Marek Zidlicky (along with some decent young players); he...

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It seems to be theme of the 2014-15 Maple Leafs season -- just when you think we're at rock bottom, it finds a way to get worse. https://twitter.com/swhyno/status/574609521768792066 https://twitter.com/swhyno/status/574610498727116801 Sunday Links: Jonas Siegel: Interim Leafs coach wading through rough term (TSN.ca) “There was no effort,” he said painfully afterward. “You never want your team to come into a game without the highest possible effort and approach to the game. There are no real excuses for it so I’m not going to make any. That’s unacceptable for me. I’m not happy about it.” I Chris Johnston: Maple Leafs’ loss met with apathy, acceptance (Sportsnet.ca) What might have been most notable...

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We've pinched ourselves and waited 'till morning. David Clarkson is still a Columbus Blue Jacket. Strapped with way too many long term deals for a bottom five hockey club, the Leafs needed to open up cap flexibility. Nobody expected they would be able to offload the League's biggest boat anchor. Not in a million years, not without giving up assets and retaining salary. Thankfully Columbus came knocking, in a terrible spot with Nathan Horton's large and uninsured contract. Nonis kept a straight face, pulled the trigger, and the Leafs are in a much, much better position today than they were yesterday. Long Term Injured Reserve contracts count during the offseason, but teams...

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With the Daniel Winnik trade goes the Leafs' most consistent player of the past couple of months, as the Leafs get necessarily worse in the short term while fetching good value for their final major pending-UFA (Jokinen, Holzer and Booth could be moved, but if there's any value to be had is unknown). Roman Polak, with one year left on his contract, seems to be the most likely remaining candidate to be moved for value, while Tyler Bozak's name has been gaining steam as well, with Bob McKenzie reporting a possible New York Rangers connection yesterday. The Rangers don't ostensibly have the cap room,...

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Steve Spott hopped on Leafs Lunch yesterday to discuss coaching amid the Leafs' death spiral. Spott mentioned there's been  added emphasis on the amount of time spent on individual development with some of the younger assets on the team, mentioning Holland, Panik and Kadri. On coaching objectives in a lost cause: What we’re trying to do here, we’ve talked about it at length, is lots of individual stuff. This morning I did a session with Peter Holland, Chris Dennis is meeting with Richard Panik. You have your team message, then you have a lot of individual stuff. It’s hard when you have 22 guys in...

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An OT win over the Jets, combined with a Carolina loss to New Jersey, means the tank takes a step back, but a Daniel Winnik Gordie Howe hat trick, in front of a potential suitor to boot, and more good stuff from Morgan Rielly in the lead up to the OT winner are nothing but good things. In other news, it's nice to see that, after going ahead with the yearly shutdown of outdoor rinks in Toronto, MLSE sponsored keeping them open at the cost of $4,500 per rink, per week, to be split with waste management firm Green for...

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In a league where contenders are looking for defence, there’s interest in Toronto’s Roman Polak. The Los Angeles Kings, who have discussed Dion Phaneuf, are in on this too, but they are not alone. It probably comes down to a.) price and b.) how a potential trade partner feels about term. Polak has one more year left on his contract at $2.75 million. Even in a tight cap world, there are teams who prefer multiple years if giving up an asset. If the offers are less than a 2nd round pick, keeping Roman Polak around for another season -- a good veteran...