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

 

  • The_Irv

    djamon The_Irv I believe it does…. The 925k in savings from burying a contract essentially gets Mason Raymond on the team. 
    It’s not the only reason sure, but I’m sure it plays a part. I think he looked better than Ranger in pre season.

  • B_Leaf

    Optimustic 
    That explains it

  • Uncle Otis

    DeclanK 
    I could beat Naz’s record of a minute
    #puck bunny

  • Dan39

    CanuckUKinToronto The showcasing aspect just makes too much sense…

  • Mind Bomb

    CanuckUKinToronto Prolly because  some NHL team wants to see Liles for a couple games before they make the deal :)

  • vinoa

    djamon B_Leaf I don’t know about that. Right now Ranger’s averaging just under 20 minutes with over 30 hits, 3 assists, and a +3 over 12 games. Komisarek can barely crack the Canes’ lineup. Paul Ranger may not be a stud, but to say he’s playing like Komisarek suggests that people must either have serious blinders on or people forgot just how bad Komi was for us.

  • Dan39

    CanuckUKinToronto Last two games he has been better than Brennan. Over the course of the season, Brennan has been better.

  • The_Irv

    B_Leaf The_Irv 
    I agree physicality is important. But I think the team is having to bail this guy out too often. Komisarek was physical, but he couldn’t keep up with the game. 
    Don’t get me wrong I don’t mind giving Ranger a look, but I think Fraser will be more effective when he is healthy. 
    IMO Ranger is getting this long of a look because they want to give him a chance to play the way he had in Tampa. If his mistakes continue beyond 20 games or so I would not be surprised to see him out of the lineup.

  • GreekGod

    Dan39 GreekGod TheCanucksnaphook B_Leaf 
    Lots of guys play well in the AHL but can’t do shit in the NHL. We’ve given Ranger quite a few games to find himself. What happened to accountability? If you don’t play up to your standards then you need to sit. And the thing is, we aren’t asking much from Ranger. Play the body and make that first pass. That’s it. Dude was skating behind his net trying to stop Gaborik when all he needed to do was pin him against the boards… Jake Gardiner and Morgan Rielly have been doing it. Why can’t a 215 pound Ranger not??

  • djamon

    vinoa I’m not necessarily saying he’s been as bad as Komi…just that some people are saying the same thing we were saying about Ranger as we were saying about Komi back then. We had no idea how bad Komi would end up being, but we held out hope for well over a year.