March 20 2013 11:09AM
Komisarek strategy - waiving NMC for waivers - elementary. Needs to play. Almost certain he won't be claimed, will report/play for Marlies.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) March 20, 2013
Not much to say here, other than Mike Komisarek joins a long list of Burke-era pickups like Matt Lombardi and Tim Connolly to find themselves off this season's roster as the Leafs shed some dead space. News via TSN.
March 19 2013 04:29PM
INT: Dave Nonis' Honda Civic - Downtown Toronto
*The phone rings of the Toronto Maple Leafs' general manager. It is the Vancouver Canucks' general manager calling*
Dave Nonis: Hello?
Mike Gillis: Hey, Dave, was wondering if you were watching Primetime Sports just now?
March 19 2013 02:28PM
After several games of Korbinian Holzer under performing on the Toronto Maple Leafs top two defensive pairings, the big German has been demoted to the American Hockey League. This comes a game after Randy Carlyle made the switch and re-united Dion Phaneuf and Carl Gunnarsson on the top line.
The bigger news?
Jake Gardiner has been freed. Well, called up for AHL anyway.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) March 19, 2013
This is some fantastic news if you're a Leafs fan.
March 18 2013 02:59PM
Something funny happened on Joffrey Lupul's second goal Saturday night. As you can see from the video above, Colton Orr gets in quick, makes a hit that forces a turnover and allowing Nazem Kadri to recover the puck, set up Joffrey Lupul for a Leafs goal. Easy, right, just how Randy Carlyle drew it up, with Orr creating space for the young Kadri.
The problem is that when he's playing away from Colton Orr, Nazem Kadri scores more goals, records more points, and fires more pucks at the net, it's close, but Kadri's been better away from Orr this season:
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March 18 2013 04:34AM
A few thoughts to kick off your week, and previewing the things we'll look at on this blog in Toronto Maple Leafs analysis…
No. 1 - Nikolai Kulemin's scoring: Where did it go?
One of the major concerns this season has been the lack of production from Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin. In 2011, those two were 3-4 on the Leafs with 58 and 57 points apiece. This season, the two are on pace for just 31 and 44 points apiece. Bob Mitchell in the Toronto Star brought it up in a column yesterday, with a quote from Randy Carlyle:
“From my memory before I got here, Kulemin had a big-time shot and I don’t see him shooting the puck as often,” Carlyle said before Saturday’s game. “He used to step over the blue line and his wrist shot had the ability to beat the goalie from the top of the circle . . . I don’t see that happening anymore.