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Game 1:Toronto Marlies vs. Grand Rapids Griffins

The Marlies look to finish the job versus Grand Rapids. Toronto Marlies Projected Lines William Nylander - Byron Froese - Matt Frattin Matt Rupert - Ryan Rupert - Connor Brown Brendan Leipsic - Greg McKegg - Josh Leivo Denver Manderson - Sam Carrick - Troy Bodie TJ Brennan - Brendan Mikkelson Stuart Percy - Petter Granberg Andrew MacWilliam - Tom Nilsson Christopher Gibson Grand Rapids Griffins Projected Lines Bertuzzi – Miele – Zengerle Tvrdon – Nosek – Pulkkinen Mantha – Athanasiou – Porter Hoggan – Aubry – Hirschfeld Paetsch – Ouellet Evans – Sproul Lashoff – Jensen McCollum

757 Worth noting is that Detroit has to give permission to another team to speak to Blashill, who is under contract beyond this season. Even if Grand Rapids loses out this weekend to the Marlies, they likely will not do that until the Babcock situation is resolved. If Babcock stays, they probably won't/can't stand in the way of Blashill taking the next step. If Babcock goes, they will more than likely hand the big club head coaching reigns to Blashill. Onto the links. Friday Links: Darren Dreger: Babcock the first coaching domino ( "Family trumps it all," is how one of Babcock's coaching colleagues defended his belief the highly decorated coach will...
Pierre Lebrun

Pierre Lebrun weighed in on the Mike Babcock situation today on Leafs Lunch. Latest update: I’ve talked to Mike Babcock in the last hour here. Mike didn’t have too much to say other than he is meeting with Holland tomorrow morning. He would meet with him every year at this time when the season ends. This will probably be a pretty important and emotional discussion, but Babcock didn’t have much else; undecided at this point, guys. He really was waiting to the end of the year to talk about it with his family and Ken Holland and go from there. That...

SCORING SUMMARY TORONTO: T. Bodie (S. Carrick, B. Leipsic), B. Mikkelson (M. Frattin, J. Leivo) GRAND RAPIDS: A. Miele (T. Bertuzzi, N. Paetsch), A. Athanasiou (T. Nosek, M. Tvrdon), T. Bertuzzi (N. Jensen, M. Zengerle), T. Pulkkinen (J. Hoggan, N. Jensen), T. Pulkkinen (X. Oullet) MARLIES NOTES TROY BODIE opened the scoring for the Marlies after missing the last 11 games due to injury BRENDAN MIKKELSON recorded his first point of the playoffs, a power play goal midway through the third period MATT FRATTIN recorded an assist, he now has three points in the first three games JOSH LEIVO added an assist pushing his point total...
William Nylander vs Grand Rapids Griffins

The Toronto Marlies look to sweep the 2012-2013 Calder Cup champions, the Grand Rapids Griffins, tonight at 7PM on LeafsTV. TJ Brennan, Byron Froese and Josh Leivo are all tied for playoff scoring leader so far with 4 points over the two games. With a three point performance on Sunday, Brennan is currently tied for second in all-time playoff scoring with 18 points. Enjoy the game. Projected Toronto Marlies Lineup Forwards Nylander - Froese - Frattin Leipsic - R.Rupert - Brown Leivo - Mckegg - Manderson M. Rupert - Carrick - Bodie Defence MacWilliam - Brennan Percy - Granberg Mikkelson - Nilsson Projected Grand Rapids Griffins Lineup Forwards Bertuzzi - Miele - Zengerle Tvrdon - Nosek...

This would seem to be one of Leafland's worst kept secrets, but Darren Dreger reported yesterday that Soo Greyhounds head coach Sheldon Keefe will likely join his former GM Kyle Dubas in Toronto next season: In what capacity is the question (Marlies or Leafs, his role). A jump straight into the NHL would be questioned by some; Steve Spott, for instance, may have been rushed through the progression a little bit too quickly and he even spent one season with the Marlies after getting hired out of Kitchener, where he was head coach for five seasons after nine years as an assistant in Kitchener...