Saturday, May 23, 2015
Leafs News

Leafs News

Maple Leafs Hot Stove provides any and all breaking news for the Maple Leafs.

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The Leafs' draft position is locked in at fourth, and for the first time in a long time Leafs fans can feel no inner conflict about cheering for a win. The Canadiens do have something to play for, clinching an Atlantic Division title, which is something the Leafs can spoil with a regulation win combined with a Lightning regulation or overtime-shootout win. As for playoff opponents, whether the Habs finish with the Atlantic Division title or not their current matchup (Red Wings) may not change depending on how the Wings and Lightning finish up their seasons. This game marks the formal conclusion...

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Darren Dreger, on TSN Radio yesterday, discussed the future of Dave Nonis and some of the big questions facing Brendan Shanahan this spring and summer. On Shanahan’s upcoming decisions: One thing about Brendan Shanahan -- he’s gone about his business almost stealth like. He’s not whispering in the ears of many media people; that’s not the game that Shanahan plays. But who among us would be surprised if he emerges at some point early next week, or next week, or the latest the week after, and announces the dismissal of Dave Nonis? You couldn’t be surprised by that. I know there’s a lot...

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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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The Leafs' final road game of the season was a fitting summary of their 2015 play. They were heavily out-chanced in the first period, with Columbus having several great shifts where they generated multiple chances, scoring three goals in the frame. The Leafs were better in terms of chances after that opening period, but they couldn't get a goal and fell further behind as Columbus scored two more in the second. The Leafs couldn't bust the shutout in the third, either, and went down to a 5-0 defeat. The Leafs' numbers in the last two periods were much improved, as Columbus no longer needed to...

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The situation is this as far as the draft positioning stakes in the final two games: The 26th-placed Hurricanes are two points ahead of the 27th-placed Leafs and the two teams are even in games played with 80GP. If the Leafs split their final two against the Blue Jackets and Canadiens, they'll need the Canes to grab a point in one of their final two games with Philadelphia and Detroit. The Leafs hold the tiebreaker with Carolina currently due to one more regulation-overtime win. Maple Leafs Projected Lines James van Riemsdyk - Tyler Bozak - Phil Kessel. Joakim Lindstrom - Nazem Kadri - Richard...

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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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Toronto had a great first period, out-chancing Ottawa and getting an early goal from Joffrey Lupul to take the lead. After the intermission, the Senators upped their level of play, dominating the period. The chances weren't that one-sided at even strength, but Ottawa had a lot of power-play time as well, and managed to tie the game with the extra man. Toronto went back ahead late in the period, but another Ottawa power-play, stretching over the intermission break, saw Ottawa get level again. After the teams exchanged chances early in the third, Ottawa had a strong three minute stretch, generating...

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If we assume the fourth overall pick is secure, this is an opportunity to play spoiler. The Leafs usually beat the Sens regardless of the circumstances going in, and dealing a death blow to their playoff hopes might be good for a laugh. At the same time, that only helps the Boston Bruins' cause. That said, the Penguins slump has put some interesting possibilities into play as far as the final two wildcard positions are concerned. Come the end of this week, three of Detroit, Pittsburgh, Ottawa and Boston will make it and one will miss. Ottawa Senators Projected Lines Clarke MacArthur–...

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This was the type of game we have seen quite often from the Leafs over the last couple of years, but not much during this recent slide. They were out-chanced 5-1 at even strength by the Bruins in the first period, but managed to escape the period with the game still scoreless. Early in the second Boston grabbed a goal, and it seemed like the floodgates might open. Boston let up a little, though, and Toronto was able to get a lucky bounce to draw the game back level. The Bruins, desperate for points, carried the play in the third...
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Toronto Maple Leafs Projected Lineup James van Riemsdyk – Tyler Bozak – Phil Kessel Leo Komarov – Nazem Kadri – Joakim Lindstrom David Booth – Trevor Smith – Joffrey Lupul Casey Bailey – Zach Sill – Richard Panik Eric Brewer – Dion Phaneuf Jake Gardiner – Morgan Rielly Tim Erixon – TJ Brennan James Reimer Jonathan Bernier Scratched: Brandon Kozun Injured: Peter Holland (lower body), Nathan Horton (back), Stephane Robidas (shoulder), Roman Polak (sports hernia) Boston Bruins Projected Lineup Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – David Krejci Milan Lucic – Ryan Spooner – Brett Connolly Loui Eriksson – Carl Soderberg – Reilly Smith Chris Kelly – Gregory Campbell – David Pastrnak Zdeno Chara – Zach Trotman Torey...

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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 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...

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There wasn't much action at even strength in the first period, with just four chances between the two teams, but each team managed a goal at ES in the frame. The Toronto Maple Leafs then went ahead early in the second, and seemed to be in good shape, only for things to go south in the second half of the period. While the Leafs did open up a 3-1 lead at one point, the Buffalo Sabres were dominating the chances, finishing the period on an 11-2 stretch at ES. They continued that push in the third, and two quick goals...

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Toronto Maple Leafs Projected Lineup James van Riemsdyk – Tyler Bozak – Phil Kessel Leo Komarov – Nazem Kadri – Joakim Lindstrom David Booth – Trevor Smith – Joffrey Lupul Casey Bailey – Zach Sill – Richard Panik Eric Brewer – Dion Phaneuf Jake Gardiner – Morgan Rielly Tim Erixon – TJ Brennan Jonathan Bernier James Reimer Scratched: Brandon Kozun Injured: Peter Holland (lower body), Nathan Horton (back), Stephane Robidas (shoulder), Roman Polak (sports hernia) Buffalo Sabres Projected Lineup Matt Moulson – Johan Larsson – Tyler Ennis Marcus Foligno – Mikhail Grigorenko – Brian Gionta Cody Hodgson – Matt Ellis – Zac Dalpe Nicolas Deslauriers – Philip Varone – Patrick Kaleta Andre Benoit – Zach Bogosian Mike...

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Toronto had a great start against the Lightning, getting two first period goals and out-chancing Tampa Bay 5-2 at even strength. A late power-play goal for Ryan Callahan gave the visitors some momentum, and they carried the play in the second period. However, James Reimer was able to stand strong, and the Leafs held onto the one-goal lead. Morgan Rielly extended the advantage at the start of the third period, and Toronto did a good job of shutting down the Lightning attack. Tampa Bay had just one ES chance in the last ten minutes, and while they generated some chances...
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Connor McDavid Isolation Video, 2015 NHL Draft: Connor McDavid and the Erie Otters made a visit to North Bay recently to play the Battalion and video scout Chris Dawson took some isolation video. Take a look at over 15 minutes of video. Courtesy of: http://www.hockeyprospect.com/connor-mcdavid-isolation-video/
Toronto Maple Leafs vs Tampa Bay Lightning

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Tampa Bay Lightning Projected Lineup Alex Killorn - Valtteri Filppula - Steven Stamkos Ondrej Palat - Vladislav Namestnikov - Nikita Kucherov Jonathan Drouin - Cedric Paquette - Ryan Callahan Brenden Morrow - Brian Boyle- J.T. Brown Mark Barberio - Matthew Carle Nikita Nesterov - Anton Stralman Luke Witkowski - Slater Koekkoek Ben Bishop Andrei Vasilevskiy Scratched: none Injured: Victor Hedman (lower body), Tyler Johnson (upper body), Andrej Sustr (upper body), Jason Garrison (upper body), Braydon Coburn (lower body) Toronto Maple Leafs Projected Lineup James van Riemsdyk – Tyler Bozak – Phil Kessel Leo Komarov – Nazem Kadri – Joffrey Lupul Zach Sill – Sam Carrick – Richard Panik David Booth – Trevor Smith – Joakim...

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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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Kyle Dubas with a look at how educating and learning about different ways to analyze the game using quantitative measures have changed the way you can look at the game of ice hockey. Notably, how learning and advancing knowledge of hockey analytics can aid in eliminating the impact of cognitive biases on personnel decisions of all sorts. And finally, a look at what we are truly trying to accomplish by incorporating analytics into our organizations at this time.