TORONTO: T. Brennan (J. Leivo, A. MacWilliam), Greg McKegg (J. Leivo, C. Brown), M. Rupert (P. Granberg, V. Loov), B. Froese (S. Percy), B. Leipsic (C. Brown), J. Rodewald (J. Leivo), J. Leivo (S. Carrick)
GRAND RAPIDS: A. Athanasiou (X. Oullet, M. Frk), T. Pulkkinen (M. Zengerle, A. Miele), L. Aubry (M. Tvrdon, M. Frk), T. Pulkkinen (A. Mantha, J. Hoggan)
JOSH LEIVO opened his post season with a four point performance, recording three assists and adding an empty net goal
CONNOR BROWN continued his scoring pace, recording two assists on the afternoon
TJ BRENNAN moved into a tie for fifth...
Kyle Dubas joined Brady and Walker earlier this afternoon to discuss the Toronto Marlies, the lottery results, the management dynamics under Brendan Shanahan, the upcoming 2015 NHL draft and the NHL playoffs.
On the Marlies making the playoffs after their great run:
Especially because of who the players are that have really pushed the team forward in the second half; particularly after the trade deadline at the NHL level, the team has been really driven by Connor Brown, William Nylander, Brendan Leipsic, so on and so forth. It’s been really nice for us to watch from a management perspective as our...
The Marlies will have a three-game set this Friday-Saturday-Sunday in need of at least two of six points to clinch a spot in the Calder Cup playoffs.
TORONTO: G. McKegg (J. Leivo, V. Loov), B. Froese (M. Frattin), B. Mikkelson (B. Leipsic, S. Percy), G. McKegg (J. Leivo, T. Brennan), M. Frattin
IOWA: B. Brassart (S. Veilleux, J. Chouinard), M. Hagel (J. Blum, Z. Mitchell)
MATT FRATTIN collected a goal and an assist playing in his 100th AHL game
GREG MCKEGG scored his 20th and 21st goals of the season, opening the scoring for the Marlies and surpassing his career high for...
A three point game from William Nylander (1g,2a) and another goal and assist from the red-hot Brendan Leipsic sent the Marlies to a 5-1 win over the Rochester Americans Saturday afternoon.
Connor Brown hit the 20-goal mark in his rookie campaign with an empty netter to seal the win (he scored an empty netter last night, too). He's now at 60 points in 73 games and, with a five point lead on next best Charles Hudon, looks like he will win the rookie scoring title in the AHL this season.
Leipsic is now up to 11 points in his last four...
A goal and an assist from Brendan Leipsic -- extending his points streak to three games, with four goals and seven points in those three games -- along with goals from Connor Brown and Sam Carrick sent the Marlies to a 3-1 win over Rochester in the first game of a back to back.
Three players who look to have NHL futures, and all good news for the Marlies if they can keep this up and secure a playoff berth over their remaining five games. The Marlies are now eighth place in the Western Conference, inside the playoff cut.
TJ Brennan added two...
The CHL's regular season is over, the Marlies have nine games left with their playoff lives uncertain, and the putrid cesspool of a Leafs season that we've been forced to endure is four games from its conclusion.
By June, we'll have added at least one more blue chipper and if we trade Kessel, maybe more. For the time being, all we can do is wait and take stock.
Let's start our tour with a look at Connor Brown. At less than 6-feet tall and with no real skills that jump off the ice at you, it was unclear whether or not...
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...
The Leafs have re-acquired defenceman TJ Brennan in exchange for forward Spencer Abbott.
The Leafs re-signed Abbott, a former free agent signing out of college, while letting Brennan go last July, and have evidently decided to reverse their decision with this trade.. After an All-Star AHL season with 69 points in 66 games (and 11 more points in 11 playoff games), a season which included his first NHL game as a callup, Abbott took a considerable step back this season and, turning 27 in a few months, doesn’t appear to have a future at the highest level. Reasonably skilled but undersized and not particularly...
While he may not have entered Toronto in a fire-dress whilst riding a mechanical tiger, William Nylander is, nonetheless, turning a lot of heads.
Nylander has a pair of points in his first four AHL games and has been getting a lot of good press. The concern with Nylander was how he would adjust to the North American game, playing on small ice as a smaller, skilled forward. His first goal, surprisingly, was scored with Nylander going hard to the net to chase down a rebound, lifting the defenseman's stick as he blew past him for the backhanded goal.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have promoted Gord Dineen to Head Coach of the Toronto Marlies. Along with the appointment of Dineen, Derek King has been promoted to associate coach.
David Nonis, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Tuesday that Gord Dineen has been named head coach of the American Hockey League’s Toronto Marlies. Dineen becomes the fifth head coach in Marlies franchise history. Along with the appointment of Dineen, Derek King has been promoted to associate coach.
Dineen, 51, had previously served as an assistant coach with the Marlies for the past five seasons. Over that span, Dineen...
A great run comes to an end.
Game Highlights: Texas Stars 6 vs. Toronto Marlies 2
Steve Spott Post Game Press Conference
The Toronto Marlies get set to take on the Texas Stars at 8:30 p.m.
For a team with anywhere from 12-15 entry level contracts making up the team roster, many had the young Toronto Marlies' season labeled as one that would be a learning year and one without much hope for playoff success. Here are the Marlies looking down a Game 7 in the Western Conference finals and in with a shot to go to the Calder Cup Finals—their 2nd in...
It was a must win for the Toronto Marlies, and the urgency and desperation was visible from puck drop.
A much-needed tone-setting shift off the opening faceoff by Trevor Smith, Carter Ashton and Sam Carrick got the ball rolling for the Marlies in this one, as a hard forecheck followed by a cycle and penalty draw led to the first of three consecutive Spencer Abbott powerplay goals.
On the ensuing powerplay, Abbott, stationed on the point, wristed one past Nilstorp with Josh Leivo playing screen, marking the 11th straight playoff game in which the Marlies have opened the scoring and Abbott's...
“Attack” and “desperation” were Steve Spott’s buzzwords last night, directed toward the Marlie forward group in particular, after the Marlies fell behind in a series for the first time in these playoffs following a 3-2 defeat to Texas in Game 3.
“Our 12 forwards have not found the level of desperation their 12 forwards have.”
“We don’t have enough forwards onboard right now getting the job done with puck possession and offensive zone time. We need more offensive zone time from our forwards.”
“We cannot turn over pucks in the neutral zone. We have to get pucks deep and hunt people down...
The Toronto Marlies are looking to get back to playing better hockey after two games in which they were soundly outshot and outplayed, but relied on opportunistic goal scoring and fantastic goaltending from Drew MacIntyre.
In Games 1 and 2, the Marlies were pulled away from playing their game and spent a lot of time in between the dots loosely defending the neutral zone and home plate areas, as opposed to forcing battles to the boards, where they excel. Getting back to basic hockey and executing simple plays with better accuracy; including making sure there is ample support for the...
TORONTO - After a big 5-1 win on Friday against the Texas Stars, the Toronto Marlies knew they had to improve on their 50-shots-against performance in game #2 on Monday night or else risk dropping their first game of the 2014 post season.
The first period started well for Toronto. After a Texas turnover inside the Marlies blueline in a 4-on-4 situation, Jerry D'Amigo picked up the puck and went barrelling down the ice and snapped a quick wrist shot over the glove of Christopher Nilstorp for his fourth of the post-season and a 1-0 Marlie lead.
The first period in...
The Toronto Marlies rode Drew MacIntyre and some opportunistic scoring to a 1-0 series lead in the Western Conference Final opener on Friday. It was a big win to grab no matter how perfectly it was executed, as the Stars hadn't lost at home in the playoffs before the Marlies' handed them a somewhat deceiving 5-1 defeat.
Playing more of their north-south game through neutral ice and generating offensive zone time on the cycle at even strength will have been a focus for Steve Spott's team going into game two.
"There wasn't a whole lot to like in terms of structure. We...