Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Morning Mashup

Morning Mashup

Carter Ashton


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...


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...


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...


Tuesday Night Lineup vs. Flyers 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


“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...


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...


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 sign training camp invitee defenceman Cody...


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...


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...


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...


Stiff competition is going to be the theme of this Maple Leafs training camp, more so than your typical September anyway. Up front, beyond the five firm top six forwards the Leafs have on the roster plus David Clarkson, there are going be as many as nine forwards with NHL pedigree plus William Nylander competing for the other six spots. The Maple Leafs added a few more names to the mix on defence yesterday as well, extending camp tryout agreements to Henrik Tallinder and Brendan Mikelsson. It seems unlikely the Leafs would sign both given they don't have many Standard Player Contract...


Thursday Links: Hockey Graphs: Save Percentage vs. the Experts - Do shots against inflate a goaltender's save percentage? MLHS yesterday: Breaking Down the Leafs' 'Moneypuck' Additions Toronto Star: Maple Leafs' Matt Frattin back after a 'tough year' with Kings, Blue Jackets National Post: Maple Leafs' Matt Frattin could be answer on the second line Fan590: Stephane Robidas not cleared for contact yet (audio) Toronto Sun: Daniel Winnik takes long way home to Maple Leafs


Your important dates to remember for the month ahead:   Tuesday Links: PPP: Top 25 under 25 - #16 Frederik Gauthier, #17 Tom Nilsson VLM: The David Clarkson Rebound Factor VLM: The first thing that comes to mind when I think about these Maple Leafs - past and present 2014 Rookie Tournament Roster

Gary Bettman


Thursday Links: Yahoo: Four potential new expansion teams and the not-done Las Vegas deal Toronto Star: NHL denies expansion report, including second team in Toronto The Score: The 3 Successful Traits of Successful Neutral Zone Teams PPP: Top 25 under 25 - #18 Garrett Sparks, #19 Fabrice Herzog ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: The Phil skips the ice bucket and donates $1,000 instead - what a beauty Edmonton Journal: Could the Maple Leafs' hypothetical expansion cousin reach to history for its name? Vancouver Province: Maple Leafs only NHL team on Forbes' most valuable sports franchises list TVA Sports: Tomas Kaberle and Scott Gomez invited to Devils camp?

Phil Kessel Fighting


Tuesday Links: PPP: 2013-14 First Half Zone Entries for Leafs Forwards Toronto Sun: Leafs' David Clarkson ready to hit the reset button Toronto Star: Randy Carlyle accepts ALS Ice Bucket Challenges from Mikhail Grabovski Sportsnet: Leafs' David Clarkson practicing with Sid the Kid Pro Hockey Talk: Leafs flex financial muscle in one of few ways they can Who will join Teeder on Legends Row? Puck Daddy: The 10 Most Fascinating Players in 2014-15 Puck Daddy: Most Disappointing Summer Series -- Detroit Red Wings

Jonathan Bernier


Monday Links: Champions Hockey League: Andreas Johnson leading the tourney in points PPP: Top 25 Under 25 - #21 Teemu Hartikainen Toronto Star: Under Leiweke, Leafs underwent huge philosophical change Yahoo!: MLSE on the search for a new CEO VLM: 10 Maple Leafs "pre" pre-season observations  

Tim Leiweke


A year and three months into his tenure and Tim Leiweke has already submitted his one season's notice. Never stable and ever bizarre, just another day at Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment. Friday Links: National Post: Tim Leiweke's early departure from MLSE a troubling sign for Toronto sports fan The Globe and Mail: Future looks bleak for MLSE and all its teams Elliotte Friedman: Tim Leiweke wouldn't commit to MLSE Sportsnet: Leiweke's marriage to MLSE doomed from the start VLM: Tim Leiweke's early departure -- good or bad for the Maple Leafs? Sportsnet: Analytics hires are quick fixes to PR nightmares Brendan Shanahan's kids gleefully douse...

Kyle Dubas


A little morning listening courtesy TSN1050's Blue Lunch -- Hockey Abstract's Rob Vollman joined the show to discuss the summer of analytics and the Leafs' recent hires. One of the field's true pioneers, Vollman is a well spoken guy who does a great job breaking down the powers and limitations of the current state of hockey analytics in this segment. Take a listen: Interesting excerpts: What would you as an analytics guy say to a coach like Randy Carlyle when trying to fix the "possession game?" Vollman: I don't often talk to coaches. It's two very separate things, what they do and what...

Brendan Shanahan Leafs


Brendan Shanahan told reporters yesterday that the Leafs' next front office hire  (perhaps a cap guy to fill Claude Loiselle's position?) will be announced sometime next week. In other Leafs news, pictured below is what the new Legends Row monument outside the ACC will look like once completed, courtesy of James Mirtle. Teeder Kennedy was the first name unveiled for the monument yesterday.   Friday  Links: Toronto Star: Ted's son Mark Kennedy talks about how special the inclusion in the monument would be to his late father Brendan Shanahan says Leafs off-season work still ongoing. He's also expected to meet with Phaneuf shortly. Puck...


Wednesday Leafs Links: PPP: The 'Top 25 Under 25' Leafs Prospect series is back Reddit: Members of Kiss receive Leafs jerseys before their show at the ACC last night Toronto Sun:  Names of players on the new monument outside the ACC will begin to be unveiled on Thursday Toronto Star: Maple Leafs to give rings to '60s champs MLHS yestserday: What's Ailing the Leafs' Penalty Kill - Part 1 TSN1050: Down Goes Brown joins Macko and Cauz