Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Morning Mashup

Morning Mashup


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


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...


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:...


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...


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


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 --...



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


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


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


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 -...


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...


Rielly, Winnik comments speak volumes about Leafs coach Carlyle: Feschuk Toronto Star Maple Leafs have sights set on expanding growth in China Toronto Star Leafs return home with holes to fill after losing several players to injury Toronto Sun Stepan set to make season debut, will wear 'A' for Rangers NBCSports.com Maple Leafs' legendary goalie Johnny Bower turns 90 Toronto Sun Game Day: Rangers at Maple Leafs Toronto Sun Suspended Leaf Carter Ashton should have known better: Feschuk Toronto Star

James Reimer Rangers


The Toronto Maple Leafs are back at the ACC on Saturday night to face off against the New York Rangers and play again on Sunday vs the Ottawa Senators. In the mean time, here be your links. Leaf Links Legal Look: Ashton’s 20 Game Suspension - Elliot Saccucci with a legal breakdown on the Carter Ashton PED suspension Game in 12: Leafs 3, Avalanche 4 ~10 minute compressed version of last night's game. Game Review: Game #13, Avalanche 4 vs. Maple Leafs 3 (SO) Full Post Game: Game review, player notes, possession stats, boxcars, shot location chart + more Randy Carlyle Post Game – Avs 4 vs. Leafs...



Despite the line blender going on full blast in the loss against the Coyotes, yesterday's practice lines were back to those of the previous couple of wins. https://twitter.com/markhmasters/status/530056788893503488 Thursday Links: A.J. Haefele: Practice report with the latest tidbits on the Avalanche (Mile High Hockey) James Mirte: Avalanche are a team in turmoil after ignoring all the warning signs (G&M) Jonas Siegel: Time is now for Peter Holland to prove he belongs with Leafs (TSN) James Mirtle: Latest loss a perfect example of what ails the Leafs (G&M) Luke Fox: Top 10 Best NHL Free Agent Acquisitions (so far); Komarov makes the list (Sportsnet) Fangda Li: NHL Play-by-Play Data...

Leafs Coyotes


Tuesday Links: Anthony Petrielli: Toronto should not "Blow Up" the team, but they will have to clear contracts sooner than later (MLHS) Jonas Siegel: Daniel Winnik showing good value, versatility early for Leafs (TSN) Draglikepull: Why do the Maple Leafs keep sending Percy to the AHL? (PPP) Jaime Eisner: Early Season Coyotes Report (Five for Howling) Paul Hendrick: Practice notes from yesterday (MapleLeafs.com) Gord Stellick: Randy Carlyle gets full marks during Leafs hot streak (Sportsnet) Stephen Whyno: Maple Leafs go on Western road trip brimming with confidence (G&M) Rob Longley: Clarkson flicks the power switch (Toronto Sun) Rob Longley: Leo Komarov appreciates coaches' trust (Toronto Sun)


Yesterday's lineup notes: https://twitter.com/mirtle/status/528965647951097856 https://twitter.com/mirtle/status/528965996132855809 Monday Links: Michael Langlois: Was I wrong about the Reimer-Bernier duo? (VLM) Jonas Siegel: Reimer holds the Hawks at bay, Phaneuf's minute count, and Holland's opportunity (TSN) Michael Traikos: Leafs' Leo Komarov showing why he's one of the league's pests (National Post) Michael Traikos: Leo Komarov has passive aggressive act in check (The Star Phoenix) Kevin McGran: Leafs' Sam Carrick savours NHL debut (TorStar) Mike Zeisberger: James Reimer's busy period gets noticed (Toronto Sun) Justin Fisher: Maple Leafs Prospect Update -- November 2 (The Leafs Nation)

David Clarkson


Tough back-to-back weekend on the docket for the Maple Leafs: First, a visit with a (albeit banged-up) Blue Jackets team that's had their number followed by a member of the league's elite in the Chicago Blackhawks, who will be rested and waiting in Toronto for the Leafs to arrive back from Columbus tomorrow. How Carlyle handles the minute allocation this weekend amid the recent line changes is going to be an aspect worth monitoring. Yesterday the Maple Leafs recalled Stuart Percy, who was sent down for a few days but didn't feature in a game for the Marlies.  If the Leafs...


The Maple Leafs were trounced by the Blue Jackets to the tune of three regulation victories by a combined score of 13-3 in three meetings last season. Helping the Leafs' cause tomorrow: Blue Jackets fans have resorted to pleading with the hockey Gods in an attempt to repent for whatever sin was committed that is costing them player after player to the injury list.  Among those definitely out for tomorrow are starter Sergei Bobrovsky, James Wisniewski, Boone Jenner, Brandon Dubinsky, Nathan Horton, Matt Calvert and Nick Foligno; Artem Anisimov's condition is also unknown after taking a high hit from Eric Gryba the other night. Cam Atkinson also nearly lost his eye in...

Randy Carlyle


What is going on with the line-up tonight, is tough to say: https://twitter.com/jonasTSN1050/status/527120782212997120 https://twitter.com/mirtle/status/527120778501062656 https://twitter.com/HennyTweets/status/527116598449278976 Just another day in Leafs land. And of course Bernier Starts tonight. Links Carlyle is not all to blame, and 30 Thoughts Sportsnet Gus Breaking Down the Leafs PP McKeens Mirtle Wonders What the Plan is Here  - G&M Gunnarsson is making his Blues debut tonight STL Today Leafs Notebook - Oct. 28th MLHS Jake Gardiner does need to play tougher The Score Leafs Lack Self-Awareness Sun/Simmons How Repeatable are One Goal Wins Year-to-Year? PPP


Monday Links: Siegel: Maple Leafs hold players only meeting after another embarrassing home loss We're eight games into the new season, but in many ways it's like 2013-14 Leaf hockey never left. The Guardian: Billy Beane’s five lessons for success Here's a great quote worth highlighting from Billy Beane in this article, and it's notable because things like the culture and character of the team often become popular focal points in this market when things aren't going well: I have always viewed culture and chemistry as a by-product of success. If you put the performances on the field the culture will follow. I have seen...