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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Training Camp Thread
« on: Today at 04:10:19 PM »
http://video.mapleleafs.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=797&id=630955&lang=en

A nice little scrum Kessel had with the media. He was pretty candid about his summers and other things. Some nice questions. Except for Paul Hendrick who just had to throw in a generic leading question here and there.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Training Camp Thread
« on: Today at 02:16:30 PM »
And Cox and Simmons had negative comments about the article.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leafs Training Camp Roster
« on: Today at 11:25:34 AM »
Stefan Della Rovere?! Really?!! Love him! sign this guy :)

Uh, please don't. The Marlies have enough 4th liners as it is (McLaren, Orr, Biggs).

Sure, but the Orlando Solar Bears might be able to use him.

We seem to have a good thing going with those guys, lets not ruin it.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leafs Training Camp Roster
« on: Today at 11:25:08 AM »
Where is Winnik?

The original list put out was missing a few players (Rielly as well). Here's the updated roster:

http://mapleleafs.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=730814

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leafs Training Camp Roster
« on: Today at 11:23:53 AM »
Unless Nylander goes back to Sweden, Leafs will need to move a contract to make that happen.

Even if he does go back it still might be an issue. The CBA specifically only mentions that 18/19 year-olds returned to "junior" are exempt from the 50-man list. So maybe even if he's in Sweden he could count.


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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leafs Training Camp Roster
« on: Today at 11:19:57 AM »
Stefan Della Rovere?! Really?!! Love him! sign this guy :)

Uh, please don't. The Marlies have enough 4th liners as it is (McLaren, Orr, Biggs).

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Training Camp Thread
« on: Yesterday at 10:41:53 PM »
Ok, one more from me about this tonight:

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Spott also told the group that the Leafs need to improve communication with the AHL Marlies. While the NHL team and its top minor-league affiliate conduct practices in rinks separated by the lobby of their Etobicoke training facility, Spott said there wasn’t enough synergy between the clubs last season; their Xs and Os on power plays and penalty kills, for instance, differed. Since the Leafs have repeatedly spoken of the importance of developing players through the minors, Spott said it would make more sense for the Marlies to mimic the game plan of the Leafs.

"Spott" knows that he was the coach of the Marlies last season, right? If he wanted to mimic the Leafs specialty teams I'm sure that could have easily been accomplished. Also, this is Spott talking to MLHS in August about the relationship between the Leafs and Marlies systems:

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The 5 on 5 systems are the same. Where we have some creativity and some flexibility is in our powerplay and our penalty kill. With the Marlies, those might have been a little different than what Randy did last year. But the 5 on 5 systems are the same, so when the players get called up they know what to expect.

That sounds like two pretty different takes on the situation.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Training Camp Thread
« on: Yesterday at 10:35:57 PM »
Ok, so I'm still pretty sure that entire article is make-believe, but if it isn't then this might be the funniest bit:

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The Leafs assistant shared other tidbits. He told the clinic that the team’s search for better defensive play will see them strongly discourage defencemen from making high-risk keep-in plays at the opposing blue line — pinching, in the parlance. Spott said that Toronto’s defencemen will be instructed to “never trust a forward” to backcheck or cover.

That would be some top-notch coaching.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Training Camp Thread
« on: Yesterday at 10:28:37 PM »
Man, who the hell approved that article? It's all a bunch of hearsay. One of the direct parties involved (Kessel) said he had no memory of it, and the other (Spott) didn't even bother commenting on it. Does anybody seriously think that Spott would go around and say "Phil hates coaches. He hates Randy. He hates me and I don’t even know him yet" to a bunch of nobodies?

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General NHL News & Views / Re: Official Ottawa Senators Thread
« on: Yesterday at 04:01:32 PM »
Methot is a jackass. That's not going to sit well with an old school guy like Murray. See ya later Meth!

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"I don't want a trade," said Methot. "Everyone knows, it's not a secret I want to play here. I'd been lying if I said otherwise. It's a treat to be able to play in front of my family and my friends. I've always got a ton of positive support from all the fans. Everyone loves I'm from the area and whatnot. I'm happy here. You're playing in Canada and it's fun."

What a monster.

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General NHL News & Views / Re: Official Ottawa Senators Thread
« on: September 16, 2014, 06:04:22 PM »

The most recent hockey future organizational rankings had the Sens 19th, for those of you keeping track at home. The Leafs were 20th.

It won't make a huge difference, but that was pre-draft/pre-Nylander.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Training Camp Thread
« on: September 16, 2014, 03:59:29 PM »
He's signed to an AHL deal and the Leafs are pressing up against the reserve list limit for contracts - they have one spot available, and that's only if Nylander doesn't make the team (if he does, they'll be maxed out).

I actually asked the capgeek guy on twitter about this today, he said Nylander would count against the reserve list even if his contract slides while in the AHL. It's only if he was sent to the OHL that he wouldn't take up a spot.

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General NHL News & Views / Re: Official Ottawa Senators Thread
« on: September 16, 2014, 03:09:11 PM »
I expect Anderson to have a very good season so that doesn't happen. Embrace mediocrity, sens fans. Embrace it!

He's coming off a pretty horrendous season. I'm sure that he'll bounce back a little bit, but I'd imagine he and Lehner will provide fairly average goaltending next season. And the rest of their roster besides Karlsson/Turris/Ryan/MacArthur is very below average. I have them pegged to be a bottom-10 team this season. Which again, isn't a bad position to be in all things considered.

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General NHL News & Views / Re: Official Ottawa Senators Thread
« on: September 16, 2014, 02:05:03 PM »
Still not entirely sure how I feel about the Sens upcoming season. This rookie tournament has been promising however. Lazar really looks like he could be a special player and franchise changer.

To be honest, a part of me would feel very excited. You're gonna get a very good prospect this season. Yes, I'm insulting your current team but if there was a year to suck this is definitely it.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Training Camp Thread
« on: September 16, 2014, 11:54:25 AM »
I am getting a bit confused about some conflicting information I am reading. Does anyone know definitively if Loov cannot or can play for the Marlies? 

Not all the information seems to be out there. But from the sounds of it he still has a year left on his contract with his Swedish team. That contract has an NHL out-clause which allowed him to come over to North America and try-out for the Leafs. It seems as though if he doesn't make the big club his SHL contract dictates that he must return to Sweden and finish out his contract over there.

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