Jake Gardiner Watchlist

Gus Katsaros
October 02 2012 02:02PM


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Puck rushing defensemen create a noticeable hole once removed from the lineup.

That’s what Jake Gardiner is, a skilled puck rushing blueliner. The ability to take the line and set up in the offensive zone has spawned studies into the importance of zone entries. The early evidence is that there’s a big advantage to having a defenseman with the ability to gain the line.

The Deephaven, Minnesota native burst onto the scene last preseason, creating a ‘nice problem’  or ‘forcing Burke’s hand’  with the love affair spilling into the regular season .

And boy, can he move. 

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Don Cherry's Nazem Kadri Twitter Rant

Thomas Drance
October 02 2012 11:10AM

It's fair to say that Don Cherry and Brian Burke don't really get along. In fact, it was only last March that Cherry accused Burke of trying to get him fired, a charge CBC officials eventually denied.

Perhaps the largest particular bee in Cherry's bonnet, especially now that he doesn't have Ron Wilson to kick around anymore, concerns the Maple Leafs' treatment of once prized prospect Nazem Kadri. Today Cherry took to Twitter and lambasted the original six club over "fitness-gate" and the clubs continued mistreatment of Kadri. 

Read on past the jump.

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Dangle's Cards: Who are you watching during the lockout?

Steve Dangle
October 01 2012 09:32PM

 
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Lots of players are heading to play for new teams during the lockout. Which ones are you watching?

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Cody Franson REAX, Shootout math problems, other Leaflets

Cam Charron
October 01 2012 04:21PM

The big news from today is obviously the Cody Franson signing, but these stories from both James Mirtle and Terry Koshan indicate that I was a bit quick in jumping the gun suggesting that Franson wouldn't be able to return to the Leafs for a lockout-shortened season.

“We would have two hurdles to clear — the lockout first and the Leafs would have to sign him,” Franson’s agent, Gerry Johannson, said on Monday afternoon. 

“If those two things happen, he can return.” [Toronto Sun]

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Cody Franson signs in SEL with Brynas IF

Cam Charron
October 01 2012 12:36PM

Another puzzle piece could be out of the mix for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Cody Franson, the 25-year old defenceman with three years of NHL experience, has jettisoned and signed with Brynäs IF of the Swedish Elite League for the full 2012-13 season, the club announced Monday afternoon.

The SEL doesn't necessarily want lockout-protected contracts, and the full-season contract is indicative of something or other. Franson went, of course, un-signed by the Maple Leafs this past summer as a restricted free agent coming off a 2-year contract worth $800K per season. Presumably, he was looking for a sizeable raise, that the Leafs didn't necessarily want to give to him.

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