Zach Hyman's game is the same no matter where he plays

Ryan Hobart
May 08 2016 08:33AM

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In Game 2 of the Marlies playoff series against the Albany Devils, Zach Hyman showed up in a big way. He netted two goals, helping the Marlies overcome the early 2-1 lead acquired by the Devils. A lead which they were unable to alter in Game 1.

Earlier in the season, Hyman was introduced to a lot of Leafs fans. Many are already aware he was acquired by the Leafs from the Florida Panthers for former Marlies depth forward Greg McKegg. Hyman had refused to sign in Florida, and as such, the Panthers were forced to move him on the cheap. The Maple Leafs happened to be the beneficiaries of that.

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MFR - Round 2, Game 2 - Zach Attack - Alb 3, Tor 5

Steve Dangle
May 07 2016 02:48PM

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The Zach Attack comes up big as the Marlies even up their Round 2 series with Albany!

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Connor Carrick leading the way for Marlies down the stretch

Jeff Veillette
May 07 2016 10:01AM


There was a noticeable, bold mark under Connor Carrick's eye after last night's Calder Cup Playoff game against the Albany Devils. It's been there for a couple of days now, though if you said it came from the scrum the two teams had at the end of the third period, nobody would have doubted you. "Things happen in the playoffs." the young defenceman said afterward. "It happens in the NHL, happens in the AHL, it's a physical game out there."

Carrick hasn't been shy to stick up for himself this postseason, often finding himself pushing and shoving after whistles and throwing his body in spite of his 5'10, 190-pound frame. But that's not the only place where he's made his presence known; this spring, he's been no stranger to the scoresheet.

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LTIR Isn't Free Cap Space And The Leafs Need To Be Cautious In Using It

May 07 2016 06:52AM

The NHL's Long-Term Injury/Illness Exception to the Upper Limit, generally shortened to "LTIR", is one of the most misunderstood concepts of the salary cap era.  Many fans believe that LTIR provides what is essentially free cap space for teams to use.  As a result, there are a lot of fans who clamor for the Leafs to add as much bad salary to LTIR as possible.  For example, there's a relatively frequent call for the Leafs to "Robidas" Joffrey Lupul and place him on LTIR for the remainder of his contract.  However, the way the injury exception works is not so simple, and it could cause the Leafs a lot of headaches this season.

I'm going to discuss three ways that LTIR could limit the Leafs this season.  The first is related to the fact that LTIR space isn't available during the off-season, the second is due to a relatively obscure rule called "tagging room", and the final one is due to the way bonuses on entry-level deals work.

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Huge third period leads to Marlies tying series against Albany

Jeff Veillette
May 06 2016 08:18PM

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Being second best isn't something that this Toronto Marlies roster is used to. They've had the entire league in their rearview mirror since December, and they made the Bridgeport Sound Tigers look a couple of leagues below at times in their first-round sweep. But the Albany Devils reminded them that they're not the league's only juggernaut on Wednesday, and as such, the blue and white came into Ricoh Coliseum playing an unfamiliar game: Catch Up.

At times, it looked like that wasn't going to happen, but after Albany took "setting the tone" a bit too far, the Marlies took off. A four-goal third period was enough to crack Scott Wedgewood's rain of dominance and bring the Marlies back into the series with a 5-3 victory.

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