We’ve got a day break before the rookie tournament wraps up tomorrow versus the Pittsburgh Penguins. Here’s some Monday reading:
- Viktor Loov “probably” has to go back to Sweden if he doesn’t make the big club. Unfortunate. Based on the rookie tourney showings, seems like it’s time to get him over to Toronto and begin acclimating to the North American game with the Marlies.
- The Maple Leafs appear to have invited former Andirondack Phantoms goalie (ex-Flyers property, signed out of college) Cal Heeter to their camp. More options does seem prudent. Technically Garret Sparks is the #3 goalie right now and he’s played a total of 21 AHL games.
- This is interesting:
Carl Gunnarsson showed up at Blues camp today, not quite fully recovered from hip issues, skated about 15 minutes sez @jprutherford
— Lance Hornby (@sunhornby) September 15, 2014
- Some more information on Heeter here. Numbers haven’t been great at the AHL level.
- Your must watch for the day: Bob McKenzie sits down with Dave Nonis for an in-depth chat. On Nylander: “We would probably look and see if the AHL is a good fit to start, but we wouldn’t have a problem sending him back [to Sweden]. If that’s where he ends up, it definitely won’t stunt his development.”
- Also from that Nonis interview: “Never considered for a second stripping the captaincy off of Dion.” Seems consistent with what has been said all along — happy with his leadership but feel the need to better support him.
- Meet the man behind the Toronto Maple Leafs’ European draft picks: Thommie Bergman. The core characteristics Bergman has identified certainly fly in the face of the type of thinking Leaf scouts have long been accused of.
- Marlies signing Patrick Watling is a math whiz who uses Corsi to improve his game. Has a spreadsheet open on a tablet on the bench between shifts.
- Ray Ferraro on Tim Leiweke, courtesy of Hope Smoke: “I’ve known Tim [Leiweke] since the mid-90s. He’s always been a guy who makes loud/bombastic statements. Charges through a room & leaves a mess that someone else has to clean. I couldn’t believe he [Leiweke] said what he said. For someone who is leaving the organization to say that, if I’m on the board I don’t want him in charge anymore. I want him out. If I was also on the board I would be absolutely infuriated that he’s leaving to a company that he’s been building on MLSE time. When Leiweke said he wasn’t talking about a player what was he talking about a ticket taker that is prolific at taking tickets?“