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

 

  • Burtonboy

    Jmessih Burtonboy Oh is that right . I don’t follow Mirtle anymore

  • Jmessih

    Burtonboy Jmessih https://twitter.com/mirtlehttps://twitter.com/mirtle/status/394805477231435777
    Leafs getting on plane to Edmonton this morning. Won’t practice until late afternoon so don’t expect many updates early on.

  • Burtonboy

    Jmessih Burtonboy Thanks .

  • mike_84

    Liles was recalled cause we need 7D for the road trip not to be showcased. He will be sent back down when the team is done the road trip and will pass through waivers.

  • mlclearwater

    Liles eh? I think it is cool he is getting a shot, he played some good games for us once upon a time. Hopefully we can trade him at some point though.
    I would love to see Nonis start signing some guys (McClement, Bolland, Franson, etc) cause if we win a playoff round this year, it is going to be expensive to sign everyone.

  • Jmessih

    Good Steve Spott interview and Marlies highlights from their win on Sunday for those who are interested. Spott sounds pretty knowledgable here, starting to really like the guy. Drew MacIntyre also with a good interview. 
    http://video.mapleleafs.nhl.com/videocenter/

  • Roenick72

    mike_84 He won’t have to pass through waivers in the new CBA.

  • mike_84

    To go back down he will

  • Burtonboy

    mike_84 Yep thats correct

  • Jmessih

    Considering Moulson does not suck and will most likely just become a rental and they got a first and a second. Moulson will prob get them a 1st and something at the deadline, is Vanek does not sign in New York this will be HUGE for Buffalo…unfortunately, good thing they suck tho.