It was a tough loss last night against a Detroit team that appeared in mid-season form, but there won’t be a whole lot of time to dwell on that as the Leafs are right back at it tonight with their final preseason game in the second half of a home-and-home with the Red Wings. Here are morning links to tide you over until tonight:
- Sean Fitz-Gerald of the National Post has a nice piece about newcomer Clarke MacArthur and how he’s been adjusting to a new team and a new city. MacArthur is poised to start the season on the team’s second line alongside Grabovski and Kulemin, and coach Ron Wilson notes that the key to success for him this year will be to put in a more consistent effort on a nightly basis.
- Yahoo Sports, which is quickly becoming my favourite MSM hockey source, provides us with a nice little feature on Kadri’s up-and-down preseason. Even though all signs point to a demotion to the AHL, Nazem appears to be handling the situation with the right mentality and maturity: â€œIâ€™ve been given the opportunity of a lifetime here. This is the NHL. Thereâ€™s no room for crybabies. Iâ€™m not going to be that guy. If it means going down â€¦ Iâ€™ll handle it. Iâ€™ll play my best, and Iâ€™ll be right back up here.â€
- The Globe and Mail‘s Michael Grange and David Shoalts team up to evaluate the Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment’s financial commitment to winning. The conclusion: it’s never about winning at all costs.
- Tickets Note: For those of you who were around last season, you’re aware that I will occasionally post about available Leaf tickets from a couple of my season ticket holder friends/family who are unable to attend games and are looking to sell them at reasonable prices. If you would like to be kept in the loop when these become available, just drop me an email.