Morning Mashup: Liles recalled

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Good morning Leafs fans, another week is upon us and it sees the Blue & White heading west to take on Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver.

Bozak has been placed on the Injured Reserve, which – regardless of what you think about the de-facto first line centre – is a blow to this Leafs team. I would expect Kadri to continue to fill in at his position for the time being, but I’m also hoping that a little more ice time combined with a higher quality set of linemates leads Kadri to get in a bit of a groove. Kadri is the team’s most-skilled centerman, and he needs to produce if this banged-up team is to continue to build on their strong start.

Elsewhere in the Atlantic division, the Buffalo Sabres traded Tomas Vanek to the Islanders in what is likely the first of many trades as the Sabres dismantle their team and aim low for a good draft pick this season.

Breaking News: The Leafs have just recalled John-Michael Liles from the Marlies – an extra defenseman for the Western road trip and a nice opportunity to get back among the team for Liles, who took the whole demotion thing pretty well. Likely means Kulemin will remain on LTIR for the time being.

Some links on this sunny Monday morning:

Mirtle’s piece on the opportunity Kadri has with Bozak out of the lineup
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/leafs-beat/leafs-injuries-open-hole-for-kadri-to-shine/article15113075/

Shoalts’ post-game article on Saturday’s win over the Penguins
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/leafs-beat/shoalts-leafs-get-shutdown-effort-from-bolland-and-phaneuf/article15103105/

TSN with a quick injury update on the Leafs
http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=435154

Ulmer’s blog on MapleLeafs.com about often under-appreciated Carl Gunnarsson
http://blog.mapleleafs.com/the-invisible-man-the-carl-gunnarsson-story/

TSN’s story on the Vanek trade
http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=435220

 

  • ShotgunCharlie

    Heh…maybe they are showcasing Liles to both Edmonton and Calgary. <crosses fingers>

  • ShotgunCharlie

    Murph2417 ShotgunCharlie Cant really argue with that. Having him play well is a good problem to have

  • Burtonboy

    Seems like the Leafs aren’t practicing today .

  • Mcost61

    Showcasing him perhaps?

  • Dan39

    ShotgunCharlie If we have to waive him again then he goes down and we retain $2.95M of his cap hit? So presumably, we would be indifferent between waiving him and trading him while retaining that amount of salary.

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/mbrownSN590https://twitter.com/mbrownSN590/status/394857013894971393
    Stamkos, Kessel and Kesler named NHL 3 stars of the week

  • MaxwellHowe

    Mcost61 
    Must be.  Nonis is desperate to shed some of his salary – particularly now that it seems it will take a pile o cash to sign Phaneuf, Bolland, Gardiner, Reimer, Fraser, Franson, Raymond – and maybe still have room for a free agent or two.

  • ProfessorRance

    Burtonboy Good on ya Phil. All three guys had amazing weeks.

  • Jmessih

    Burtonboy Finally getting some respect?

  • Jmessih

    Burtonboy They practice later today according to Mirtle