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.
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.
March 01 2013 01:58PM
I’m not going to get into the individual breakdown of skills here for Colborne, I gave my thoughts as to what kind of player he was and how getting to the net. I pointed out in that post about the range in which Colborne was expected to develop.
As it stands now, if the Leafs are rolling with the ‘x’ first line center, Grabovski, Kadri down the middle on the first three lines, there’s not a likely spot on the parent club for Colborne. At this point, it’s likely that he is being groomed for a lower roster spot that ex-GM Brian Burke alluded to when he pointed out a ‘Steckel-like’ development.
March 01 2013 01:51PM
Nazem Kadri: Player.
Nothing like an OT win an a hat-trick. Enjoy!
March 01 2013 11:56AM
I'm excited to show you guys this new pilot project! We don't have a name yet, but we're going to be talking about sports over beer at Tallboys' in downtown Toronto at 838 Bloor Street.
For the first week, I sit down for a pop with Jeff Veillette aka Jeffler of Leafs Nation, and Thomas Drance of Canucks Army, along with myself (Steve Dangle) to talk about Leafs goaltending, Canucks goaltending, tampering, and more.