Saturday, May 23, 2015
Toronto Marlies

Toronto Marlies

Toronto Marlies news, opinion and analysis from Maple Leafs Hotstove. Weekly roundups, playoff coverage and more from Alec Brownscombe, Adam Nightingale and Anthony Petrielli.
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Toronto Maple Leafs' Assistant General Manager Kyle Dubas announced changes to the Toronto Marlies coaching staff on Tuesday as Gord Dineen will not return as head coach. Dineen however has been offered a position to remain on as an associate coach while the Club announced it will begin its search for a new head coach immediately. Associate coach Derek King was relieved of his duties while assistant coach Ben Simon has been offered another position within the organization. Named head coach on July 15, 2014, Dineen had also served as the Marlies’ assistant coach in their five previous seasons. In 2014-15,...

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Kyle Dubas speaks with the media at the Marlies locker clean out on Monday.

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Two consecutive losses in Grand Rapids has the Marlies in a win or go home situation in Game 5. Viktor Loov returns from suspension, while Andrew MacWilliam makes way on the blueline. After Christopher Gibson allowed five goals on 27 shots yesterday, Gord Dineen has decided to start Antoine Bibeau in the series deciding game. Bibeau hasn't started since April 19. 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 Viktor Loov...

Game 1:Toronto Marlies vs. Grand Rapids Griffins

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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

William Nylander vs Grand Rapids Griffins

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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...

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SCORING SUMMARY 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) MARLIES NOTES 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...

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The two rookie sensations are fast becoming a loveable duo on and off the ice. Note: The stream takes a few moments before it launches. Watch live video from tsn on Twitch

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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...

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Highlights from the Toronto Marlies 5-2 win vs. Chicago Wolves. Playoffs begin next Saturday, April 25th versus Grand Rapids.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46ikAhw198g 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. http://twitter.com/kylethereporter/status/588167591849431040   SCORING SUMMARY 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) MARLIES NOTES 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...

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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...

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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...

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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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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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The Leafs have re-acquired defenceman TJ Brennan in exchange for forward Spencer Abbott. https://twitter.com/alexfan590/status/571059990909345793 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...

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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. Nylander has...

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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...

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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...

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Game Highlights - Toronto 3 vs. Texas 1 Steve Spott Post Game Press Conference

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Texas Stars 2 vs. Toronto Marlies 1 - Highlights Steve Spott Post Game Press Conference