October 29 2015 08:29AM
With Bozak returning to the lineup, Spaling likely to be back soon too, and Mike Babcock's new found appreciation of Byron Froese being a thing, it seemed like something was bound to give with the Leafs forward group.
Yesterday I made my case for why Peter Holland shouldn't be a victim of this low end depth, and today it appears the odd man out has been chosen:
Leafs confirm that Mark Arcobello is on waivers. Tyler Bozak and potentially Jake Gardiner on track to return from injury tomorrow.— Jonas Siegel (@jonasTSN1050) October 29, 2015
October 29 2015 08:04AM
I guess this is news that many of us aren't overly interested in beyond the fact it means the end of Tim Leiweke, but it appears that MLSE will finally have a new President and Brendan Shanahan will have a new boss.
October 28 2015 09:18PM
A reoccurring theme for the Toronto Marlies over the past has come between the pipes. Since the Brian Burke era, the Leafs organization has almost always had a pair of young netminders in the Marlies, competing against each other in an attempt to win the starting job, which theoretically would help to improve their game.
Some good goalies have come up through this method; James Reimer has obviously been with the Leafs for years, Ben Scrivens spent a few years in the NHL and is a hot streak away from working his way back up. Even some of the guys who didn't quite make it (Jussi Rynnas, Mark Owuya, etc) have continued to get paid in pro hockey while producing decent results in the immediate for the Marlies. Save for the year and a half where Drew MacIntyre controlled the pipes, the trend has always been for that young duo to be the nucleus.
That hasn't changed this year; Antoine Bibeau and Garret Sparks are both vying to get the bulk of the minutes. Tonight, Antoine Bibeau got the first semblance of an indication that he might carry the weight.
October 28 2015 04:38PM
Earlier today, ESPN released a list-icle that wasn't totally dumb. Specifically, Craig Custance wrote about the most interesting people (non-players) in hockey under the age of 40 (for Insiders). Among the 12 front office executives, coaches, statisticians and agents, two of them came from the Toronto Maple Leafs organization - Assistant GM Kyle Dubas and Marlies head coach Sheldon Keefe.
October 28 2015 03:18PM
If you asked me in the preseason which Leaf I figured I would be writing off first, I probably would have said Richard Panik. If you asked me for a second name, I probably would have said Peter Holland.
I have to say that no that the Leafs are essentially one tenth of the way through the season, I am now singing a different tune on Peter Holland, and am I now beginning to think he is being underutilized.