Morning Mashup

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Leafs Links Game 5 Scoring Chances: DET 4 vs. TOR 1 (MLHS) Game Review: Game #5, Red Wings 4 vs. Maple Leafs 1 (MLHS) Randy Carlyle Post Game – Red Wings 4 vs. Leafs 1 (MLHS) Maple Leafs' Dave Nonis at Oilers game, fuels trade speculation (The Score) Leafs revert to troubling ways as Zetterberg dominates (Siegel) Dion Phaneuf disapproves of fans throwing jerseys (Sportsnet) Leafs almost dealt Franson for his next-door neighbour (Sportsnet) Maple Leafs' Joffrey Lupul insists he's not injury prone (National Post) Joe Bowen fan? Sign this petition to get him back on TV (Change.org) Leo Komarov providing spark for Maple Leafs (TSN) Game recap from enemy territory: Domination (Winging it...

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Quick hits: Lupul in, Gardiner in (Robidas out), Reimer starts. Pavel Datsyuk will not play either game vs the Leafs. Good news all around. MLHS Ray Ferraro – Leafs Lunch – Oct. 16th Game 4 Scoring Chances: TOR 3 vs. COL 2 Game Review: Game #4, Leafs 3 vs Avalanche 2 (OT) Randy Carlyle Post Game – Leafs 3 vs. Avalanche 2 Ray Ferraro – Leafs Lunch – Oct.14 Peter Horachek – Leafs Lunch – Oct. 14th Leafs Notebook – October 14 Which Leaf Players Pull Their Weight Defensively?  Leafs Links Wings try to get back on winning track against Leafs (Foxsports) Musing about Mike Babcock as Leafs coach, and Friday's mailbag (TheStar) Babcock ‘pumped'...

SAS Analytics / Leafs

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New partners 'SAS' and the Maple Leafs held a media availability yesterday that included a few demonstrations of how their technology works and how it will help the team. In other news, arguably the Leafs best forward to start the season has encountered a familiar setback: https://twitter.com/mirtle/status/522781636585607170 Leafs Links Game 4 Scoring Chances: TOR 3 vs. COL  (MLHS) New addition to the family, Evan Dorey, tracking scoring chances vs. the Avs. Game Review: Game #4, Toronto Maple Leafs 3 vs. Colorado Avalanche 2 (OT) (MLHS) For those that missed the game: stats (boxscore&advanced), analysis, highlights, player notes. Randy Carlyle Post Game – Leafs 3 vs. Avalanche 2 (MLHS) Good one, Randy. Peter Horachek – Leafs...

Morgan Rielly Oct. 14

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A William Nylander update, from his first game for MoDo: https://twitter.com/nikkinine/status/522468514687623168 Wednesday Reading: ICYMI: MLHS Game Review from last night's win Kessel, Percy, Lupul = good. Sportsnet: Elliotte Friedman's 30 Thoughts Some stuff on the Gardiner scratches:  "Two consecutive healthy scratches for Jake Gardiner. While the Maple Leafs were concerned about his defensive-zone work, they are also concerned he is becoming too one-dimensional on the attack — always carrying the puck. You do the same thing every time, you are too easy to defend. As part of that, forwards are slowing down instead of entering the opposing zone with speed." Mile High Hockey: Maple Leafs - Avalanche...

James Reimer Rangers

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MLHS Which Leaf Players Pull Their Weight Defensively? (New post) Game Review: Game #3, Maple Leafs 6 vs. Rangers  Randy Carlyle Post Game – Leafs 6 vs. Rangers  Game Review: Game #2, Pittsburgh Penguins 5 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs  Randy Carlyle Post Game – Penguins 5 vs. Leafs 2 GDT: Game #2, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (7 p.m., CBC) Re-Evaluating Dion Phaneuf — A Victim of Miscalculation Maple Leafs claim Richard Panik off the waiver wire Game Review: Game #1, Montreal Canadiens 4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3 Randy Carlyle Post Game — Canadiens 4 vs. Leafs 3 Leafs Links Reimer returns to ice day after leaving Leafs' win early Should...

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The Pittsburgh Penguins are in town tonight (7pm, CBC) and are feeling pretty good about things after dismantling the Anaheim Ducks 6-4 in their first game of the season. Per Jonas Siegel, Jonathan Bernier is the starter tonight, which presumably makes Reimer the starter tomorrow vs the New York Rangers. Also, newly acquired waiver wire pickup, Richard Panik, looks to draw in tonight with Matt Frattin being a healthy scratch. Cody Franson says he's healthy and ready to go for tonight, which could spell trouble for Stu Percy, who was the best defenceman for the Leafs in their home opener...

Dion Phaneuf

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The Maple Leafs practiced today, Richard Panik's first practice with the team, and apparently he made himself noticed. Matt Frattin is going to be scratched tomorrow, by the looks of things. Looks like the Leafs 4th line could be: Winnik-Holland-Panik. https://twitter.com/dalter/status/520589451719086080 Cody Franson continues to get better and could draw in this weekend. https://twitter.com/jonasTSN1050/status/520612156333907968 There also appears to be some confusion with regards to William Nylander's ability to join MODO in Sweden. There was a report he was ineligible and one that MODO didn't have the money and there isn't a clear answer as to what the hold up is. https://twitter.com/Hope_Smoke/status/520561225529581568 MLHS Links Maple Leafs claim Richard Panik off the waiver wire Game Review:...

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*EXCITED SQUEAL* Wednesday Links: MLHS: Which Leaf forwards contribute their fair share of offense? MLHS: Viktor Loov staying in Toronto; Brandon Pridham's cap manoeuvring  Bruce Arthur: Shanahan rejoins rush as Maple Leafs faceoff Lance Hornby: Your 2014-15 Toronto Maple Leafs Kevin McGran: Clarkson, Percy get time on the powerplay in Leafs season opener Jonas Siegel: Lupul atop the Leafs' list of bounce-back candidates PPP: Phil Kessel doesn't care about your opinion, he's perfect in Toronto Steve Dangle: Hockey Eve -- A 2014-15 Season Preview Kevin McGran: Four to Watch -- Clarkson, Kadri, Phaneuf, Reimer Kevin McGran: Maple Leafs recall emotional NHL initiations Michael Traikos: Maple Leafs trying something new this season Morgan Campbell:...

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Some news in off the wire... https://twitter.com/TSNBobMcKenzie/status/518458770616496128 .. and onto some links MLHS Game Review: Preseason Game #9, Maple Leafs 5 vs. Red Wings 1 Randy Carlyle Post Game – Maple Leafs 5 vs. Red Wings 1 Bob McKenzie on TSN 1050 Stéphane Robidas – October 2, 2014 Brandon Kozun – October 2, 2014 Dion Phaneuf – Leading vs Trailing Part II Leafs Links Toronto Maple Leafs preview: Fifth in Atlantic USA Today Kozun makes final cuts tougher for Leafs’ brass G&M Kessel leaves practice early after missing Leafs' final exhibition with lower-body injury TSN Stephane Robidas: The wildcard of the Leafs season G&M Unlikely Predictions: Eastern Conference - Sportsnet Dion Phaneuf reaches his moment of truth - McLeans Kozun shines as Maple Leafs throttle Red Wings -...

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Thursday Links... MLHS Dion Phaneuf – Leading vs Trailing Part II What to Expect: Stephane Robidas Game Review: Preseason Game #8, Red Wings 3 vs. Maple Leafs 0 Randy Carlyle Post Game – Red Wings 3 vs. Leafs 0 A WOWY Analysis Guide Game Review: Preseason Game #7, Maple Leafs 3 vs. Sabres 2 (SO) Randy Carlyle Post Game – Leafs 3 vs. Sabres 2 (SO) Game Review: Preseason Game #5, Maple Leafs 6 vs. Sabres 4 Leafs Links Proteau: The Leafs defense won't be a complete disaster - TSN Leafs enjoy team building up north with paintball battle - Star Mirtle: Fighters or finishers? Leafs have one more week to choose their path - G&M Maple Leafs'...

Carter Ashton

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In Elliot Friedman's 30 Thoughts yesterday, he mentions that the Maple Leafs have been shopping Carter Ashton to see if they can get a pick rather than lose him for free on the waiver wire. Like Vancouver with Markstrom, Toronto has asked around about Carter Ashton, trying to see if they can get a pick instead of going though the waiver route. Ostensibly, this is because they are keeping Colton Orr and/or Fraser McLaren on the roster. This closely mirrors what happened last season, whereby Joe Colborne had a lacklustre camp and he was sent to Calgary for a 4th round pick. The...

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Morning Links.... MLHS What to Expect: Stephane Robidas Game Review: Preseason Game #8, Red Wings 3 vs. Maple Leafs 0 Randy Carlyle Post Game – Red Wings 3 vs. Leafs 0 A WOWY Analysis Guide Game Review: Preseason Game #7, Maple Leafs 3 vs. Sabres 2 (SO) Randy Carlyle Post Game – Leafs 3 vs. Sabres 2 (SO) Game Review: Preseason Game #5, Maple Leafs 6 vs. Sabres 4 Leafs Links Maple Leafs must wait for turnaround, Canadiens mix it up: Previewing Canada’s teams in the East Maple Leafs hopeful Josh Leivo leaves his mark in win over Buffalo Sabres Toronto Maple Leafs injuries could help Stuart Percy’s chances of making the NHL Tragically...

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Jonas Siegel @jonasTSN1050 Probable lines for Leafs in TOR: JVR-Santorelli-Kessel Nylander-Kadri-Brown Leivo-Kontiola-Kozun Devane-McKegg-Bodie Jonas Siegel @jonasTSN1050 Probable defence: Gardiner-Granberg Loov-Franson Percy-Mikkelson Goalies: Reimer/Gibson Leafs Links 10 Questions: Part 3 — Will the Maple Leafs change the top line? MLHS 10 Questions: Part 2 — Will Stephane Robidas and Roman Polak improve the defence? MLHS Randy Carlyle Post Game – Leafs 3 vs. Flyers 2 MLHS Game Review: Preseason Game #1, Leafs 3 vs. Flyers 2 (SO) MLHS Randy Carlyle Post Game – Leafs 4 vs. Flyers 0 MLHS Game in Six Minutes – Game #2 vs Flyers MLHS Game Review: Preseason Game #2, Maple Leafs 4 vs. Flyers 0 MLHS Dave Nonis on Prime Time Sports MLHS Can William Nylander make the jump like a certain small, speedy Maple Leaf...

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Tuesday Night Lineup vs. Flyers https://twitter.com/dalter/status/514201320413462528 https://twitter.com/markhmasters/status/514432548739760130 https://twitter.com/jonasTSN1050/status/514433426754404354 Tuesday Links: Game Review: Preseason Game #1, Maple Leafs 3 vs. Flyers 2 (SO) Painstaking details on the preseason opener. Elliotte Friedman: 30 Thoughts -- Summer training a growing concern Re: The Swarm: "One of the keys, apparently, is the team will not “swarm” until the puck is stopped or the puck carrier under control. Last year, the swarm began beforehand, which led to breakdowns." Jonas Siegel: Petri Kontiola gives the NHL one last shot Not the best opening salvo, but it's early and he's got adjustments to make. Toronto Star: Maple Leafs couldn't veto NHL expansion to GTA, Bettman says "If you’re asking...

Peter Horachek

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“Obviously, if you can control the neutral zone, you control the game. A lot of teams don’t have possession entries ; they have to lose possession. They have to dump pucks in. On the defensive side, we worked on some concepts there. And it’s the just the start of it.” Some good reporting in the past few days by James Mirtle on some of the defensive tweaks underway with new assistant coach Peter Horachek, including some alterations to the defensive zone system (more of a commitment to limiting point shots) and early adjustments geared at addressing the easy concession of the blueline. We can't read too...

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Good news for critics of 'the swarm' and those who want to see the shots against reduced next season -- sounds like the coaching staff is making some defensive zone coverage adjustments in training camp and preseason that will attempt to address last season's glaring holes. Joffrey Lupul sounds more comfortable with it already. As far as premature lineup projections go, we've gotten the following hints out of Randy Carlyle: He believes Roman Polak and Dion Phaneuf could form a "minute-munching top pair," with Dion shifted to the left. While Mike Santorelli can play center, he envisions him as a winger to start. He has mentioned there...

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It's technically Leafs hockey! Give it a watch as William Nylander finds Phil Kessel with three nice passes (one particularly dirty sauce in the o-zone), Peter Holland shows off an NHL shot (scoring twice) and Matt Frattin torches Morgan Rielly. Saturday Links: Canadian Press: Maple Leafs make defensive zone changes at training camp Wooo! We're covering the points more! Mirtle: Splitting up the top line makes sense Globe & Mail: Who will make the Leafs? National Post: Maple Leafs worst sports franchise in North America, says ESPN Toronto Sun: David Clarkson, Tyler Bozak listed as day to day Maple Leafs.com: Leafs sign training camp invitee defenceman Cody...

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He didn’t call anyone’s mother this time for a health report, but it’s bound to generate nearly as much noise just as training camp starts today: Dave Feschuk reported on Steve Spott's talk at a coaching clinic and got some scuttlebutt via unnamed coaches in attendance. The main subject was Phil Kessel, who it should be noted Feschuk has disparaged in the past (doesn’t mean this latest report is 100% untrue, it’s just history worth remembering). We'll leave the Kessel stuff to your own interpretation. The thing is - Feschuk can extract these quotes from a bunch of different sources, frame his...

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No William Nylander expected this afternoon when the Maple Leafs prospects wrap up their 2014 Rookie Tournament versus Pittsburgh. Frederik Gauthier is day to day with a back injury and also won't feature. 2013 6th round pick and Val d'Or Memorial Cup standout Antoine Bibeau will tend the Leaf net. Game thread to come later. Tuesday Links: James Mirtle: What should the Maple Leafs do with William Nylander? MLHS yesterday: 10 Questions Part 1 -- Will Randy Carlyle Change? MLHS yesterday: Viktor Loov returning to Sweden? Leafs invite goalie Cal Heeter to camp Ultimate Hockey: PTOs and the Maple Leafs Leaf Report Podcast: Season Preview - Defence...

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We've got a day break before the rookie tournament wraps up tomorrow versus the Pittsburgh Penguins. Here's some Monday reading: Monday Links: Viktor Loov "probably" has to go back to Sweden if he doesn't make the big club. Unfortunate. Based on the rookie tourney showings, seems like it's time to get him over to Toronto and begin acclimating to the North American game with the Marlies. The Maple Leafs appear to have invited former Andirondack Phantoms goalie (ex-Flyers property, signed out of college) Cal Heeter to their camp. More options does seem prudent. Technically Garret Sparks is the #3 goalie right now and he's...