Wednesday Leafs News:

  • Elliotte Friedman: 30 Thoughts: How technology keeps changing the goalie game (Sportsnet)
    It’s no secret Toronto is going for the Winter Classic, likely Jan. 1, 2017, a Sunday. There was some suggestion it might be on the Monday instead but I have no idea if that’s true.
  • Greg Balloch: Reimer’s Head Trajectory Use Featured On HNIC (In Goal Mag)
    If you’ve seen Reimer play this year, you’ll notice he looks similar (albeit slightly smaller) to Dubnyk while he was on his incredible run last season. The examples on the HNIC broadcast are showed some aspects of the technique in action,  but focused mostly on tracking shots off the release, which has since led many to once again proclaim it is nothing more than “keeping your eye on the puck” or “visual attachment.”
  • Pierre Lebrun: Randy Carlyle: “Toronto was a learning experience” (TSN)
    “I don’t want to say anything about the Toronto situation, it’s past, there will be a time and a place,” said Carlyle. “Obviously I have opinions that are different from what’s going on. It’s a frustrating situation when you’re in one that you know at the end of the day it’s not going to work.
  • Jonas Siegel: Versatile Komarov doing a bit of everything for Leafs (TSN)
    Said Jake Gardiner: “He just gets under your skin. He’ll push you and then turn away and I’m sure guys [on the opposing team] are just frustrated. So he’s good like that. And also, he’s really skilled, too. Good leader on the team and a great guy in the locker room — basically the ideal hockey player.”
  • Chris Johnston: Maple Leafs’ Komarov thriving under structured system (Sportsnet)
    Perceptions of the 28-year-old will only continue to evolve the more efforts we see like this one. A former top-line player with Moscow Dynamo in the KHL and Finnish Olympian, those close to Komarov feel that he thrives best in a structured system.
  • David Alter: Mystery ailment forces James Reimer to exit practice early (National Post)
    A further update on Reimer’s status is expected on Wednesday when the Leafs will resume skating. They will have the day off Thursday before returning to practice on Friday.
  • Michael Traikos: Leafs fall on Forbes value list because of losses on the ice and in currency markets (National Post)
    “During the 2014-15 season the value of the Canadian dollar fell 10 per cent against the U.S. dollar compared with the 2013-14 season,” Ozanian wrote. “This was particularly harsh for Canadian teams (the 23 U.S. teams were also hurt by the devaluation of the Rogers media deal) because they collect revenue (tickets, advertising, local media) in Canadian dollars and pay their players with U.S. dollars.”
  • Luke Fox: Maple Leafs resembling Bruins? ‘They’re going to shock people’ (Sportsnet)
    “Can you remember the last time the Leafs played with this kind of structure? I can’t. Honest. I cannot,” says Edwards, as animated in a one-on-one conversation as he is sitting before a hot microphone.

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