Brown Trade A No-Brainer

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
March 04 2013 03:07PM

You’re a fan of a hockey team, one that happens to wear blue and white. Things are looking up. Or, at least not down. Games are being won somewhat often, players that were missing during these wins are starting to return, and the key to this year seems to be consistency rather than streakiness. You find out one of your young wingers is on his way back into the lineup, after starting the season on a point per game pace. But to get him back in, a fourth line fighter has to go.

NOOOOOOOOOOO! NOT MIKE BROWN! Wait, what?

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Marlies Win 2-1 In A Shootout

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
March 03 2013 04:43PM

 

Today was a chance at redemption for the Toronto Marlies. Really, their last chance against the Binghamton senators, facing them for the fourth and final time of the season. Yesterday's game was a continuation of the usual patterns - a lack of scoring, an inconsistent powerplay, and without Drew MacIntyre starting, instability in net. Today, the now-contracted netminder was back between the pipes, and the boys in one-off camouflage  jerseys were looking to get just one win out of a team that they haven't beaten since October 8th of 2011.

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Marlies Lose 4-2 to Binghamton

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
March 02 2013 04:57PM

You know how I just wrote an article about Drew MacIntyre being signed by the Marlies to give them a better chance at winning games? With my luck, he was nowhere to be found tonight, as Dallas Eakins decided to give the start to Jussi Rynnas with Mark Owuya backing up.  Don't I look smart. That said, there was more to this game than that. As Carter Ashton and Tim Connolly continued to not be ready for action, Sam Carrick made his AHL debut. Wanting to keep their regained spot atop the North Division, the Marlies needed a big two points, but couldn't get them as they fell to the Binghamton Senators for the third straight game of the sesaon.

Toronto started the game off by opening up the scoring. A hard working play by Greg McKegg earned him a rebound goal, and the aforementioned Carrick his first point. The lead didn't last very long, though. Brett Lebda, a man I'm sure you all miss, fed a breakaway pass to Stephane Da Costa, who went backhand on Rynnas to tie the game. Fredrik Claesson turned the draw into a lead for Binghamton just eight minutes later, with a floater of a wrist shot that found a corner. The Marlies earned a powerplay with seconds left in the opening twenty, and brought it to the second period.

The second period brought little in terms of action. Toronto earned a lengthy five on three, which lead to nothing on the scoresheet, but gave them momentum to carry throughout. So much so, that they dominated the shot count, taking 13 of the period's 16 shots, though the score remained the same. Scoring returned to the game in the third, but not in a way that the Marlies approved of; Pat Cannone and Shane Prince scored for the Senators within three minutes of each other. Jerry D'Amigo tipped in a Jake Gardiner point shot to close the gap a bit, but not even an extra man for the final three minutes could change the score.

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Marlies Hold On To Drew MacIntyre

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
March 01 2013 02:05PM

Yesterday morning, the Toronto Marlies announced the termination of goaltender Drew MacIntyre’s professional tryout, and the signing of a full AHL contract for the remainder of the season, a move that has some happy, and others confused. The move comes immediately after the return of Jussi Rynnas to the team, leading to some confusion. After all, Rynnas’ departure was the reason for adding MacIntyre in the first place. With that said, it’s a more important signing than you’d think.

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Less Than Jake

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
February 22 2013 02:59PM

It's very rare for those in the hockey know around Toronto to agree on something. But, at this second, there is one subject that is an exception to this rule, and it's Jake Gardiner. With nobody sure if the Leafs will continue their success and approximately fourteen thousand defenceman up on the current roster, everybody still has a critical need to see their promising young crown jewel back in the lineup. The question is simple; when does he come back up from the Toronto Marlies?

The answer? That I can't give you - I'm not Dave Nonis or anybody else involved with the decision. But I will say this. If it were me, it's not for a little while yet. This isn't to say that Gardiner has "fallen off", or to scare you in any way, but at this second, he's not ready.

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