Leafs Make First Cuts / D'Amigo's Leadership Leap?

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
September 17 2013 02:27PM

With two preseason games over and done with, the Toronto Maple Leafs have made their first set of cuts. Frederick Gauthier, Ryan Rupert, and Kevin Raine (non-signed invite) were sent to their respective junior teams for another year of development, but in the short term, they've also cut eleven other players, who have found their way to the Toronto Marlies roster in anticipation of their training camp. 

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LFR Preseason Edition: What is this team?

Steve Dangle
September 17 2013 01:37PM

 

Starting off the 2013-14 season of LFR a little early! 

I'm looking at the Leafs and, honestly, I don't know who they are.

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Leafs lose 3-2 to the Flyers in the shootout, JVR is still awesome so whatever

Steve Dangle
September 16 2013 09:40PM

The Leafs lost a preseason game. We'll be holding a jersey-burning ceremony outside of the Air Canada Centre tomorrow at noon. Bring your flame-throwers.

Seriously though, the Leafs lost a tight game to the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 at the Air Canada Centre.

The lovely and talented Cam Charron usually writes the postgame blogs here at TLN, but he's out saving kittens from trees and talking to dozens of beautiful women right now, so I'm going to fill in for him. This isn't going to be a very stats-heavy post. Instead, it will be more on what I noticed.

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Big offseason signings Smith, Brennan to make Leafs debute in preseason G2

Cam Charron
September 16 2013 12:29PM


-The world is pumped to see Trevor Smith's Maple Leafs debut

After a 4-3 win last night, the Toronto Maple Leafs take to the ice again against the Philadelphia Flyers. They will have a similar roster to last night's contest in London while the Leafs will swap out 17 players, giving fans our first look of the season at Phil Kessel, James van Riemsdyk and Tyler Bozak. We'll also see Trevor Smith and T.J. Brennan make their anticipated Leafs debuts, and to a lesser extent, David Clarkson and Jonathan Bernier.

I think our impressions of the Flyers last night were less than positive. A couple of their goals made their way through screens, and Philly's defence looked awful to start the game. The Leafs' first four shots were all excellent scoring chances, and it isn't a ringing endorsement of Steve Mason to point out that all of them went in, although the first 10 minutes of a preseason contest isn't the place to judge a goaltender.

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In favour of a fourth line that includes Mason Raymond

Cam Charron
September 16 2013 11:26AM

 

I thought that the best game the Toronto Maple Leafs played last season was the fourth game of the playoffs against Boston. It ended poorly, unfortunately, on an overtime goal by David Krejci, the Leafs played some inspired hockey after Mark Fraser took a puck in the face and after the fourth line got benched thanks to a terrible penalty taken by Colton Orr that resulted in a goal against.

The Leafs rolled three lines and five defencemen and looked pretty good. As I noted in my post titled "the accidental juggernaut, the Leafs out-chanced Boston 9-4 after Fraser and Orr found themselves out of the game, before that, they had been out-chanced 11-14 by the same Bruins.

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