Cody Franson's struggles now over?

Cam Charron
January 23 2014 10:28AM

Wednesday afternoon, I was out and a TV at the place I was at had Sportsnet Connected on with the closed captioning on. "Is it any coincidence the Leafs win streak coincided with the Leafs acquisition of Tim Gleason?" said the closed captioning. It was presumably attributed to Damien Cox, but I'm going to assume that the closed captioner went rogue, since there's no chance a sentient being said that.

The Leafs are, in fact, 6-3 with Gleason in the lineup, with Gleason jumping into the lineup right in the middle of a Maple Leafs losing streak. I'm going to re-iterate what I've said many times before: lineups change due to injuries and trades so often throughout the year and streaks always happen, so you're going to run into players with disproportionate records when they're in the lineup as opposed to out. No, David Bolland's injury is not why the Leafs are 2nd worst in the East since November 2. No, Tim Gleason is not why the Leafs are on a 6-game win streak. Yes, it is absolutely a coincidence the Leafs are 16-16-4 with David Clarkson in the lineup, and 11-4-1 when he's not.

One thing Tim Gleason has done, however, is stabilized Cody Franson a little. Well, maybe.

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TLN Top 20 Leafs Prospects Midterm Rankings: #10-#6

Justin Fisher
January 23 2014 06:23AM

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#10 - Greg McKegg - C (Toronto, AHL)

Greg McKegg is a player I've liked ever since he was the one bright spot on a dismal Erie roster, and after interviewing him at a Canadian Juniors development camp a few years back I can't help but root for. That's probably why I'm excited to see him rebound from his tough first professional season and cement his place in the Marlies top six, frequently centering the top line. 

Whether McKegg has the ability to move beyond that role remains to be seen, but with few options at that position it is likely we could see McKegg getting spot duty in the NHL next year. If McKegg is going to take the next step it would probably be better to shift him back to the wing. Jon Steitzer

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The Steve Dangle Podcast - January 22, 2014 - Darkwing Puck

Steve Dangle
January 22 2014 08:57PM


On this episode of the Panago Pizza Steve Dangle Podcast, the guys talk about greatness, trades, and the ethical treatment of ducks.

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Leafs Acquire Kozun from Los Angeles

Justin Fisher
January 22 2014 05:27PM

I guess one way to be more like the Los Angeles Kings is to trade with the Los Angeles Kings.

The Toronto Maple Leafs swapped minor league forwards with Los Angeles this evening, sending Andrew Crescenzi to the Kings for right winger Brandon Kozun.

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TLN Top 20 Leafs Prospects Midterm Rankings: #15-#11

Justin Fisher
January 22 2014 06:17AM

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#15 - Garret Sparks - G (Toronto, AHL)

Goaltenders are difficult to judge so I'll keep this brief, but Sparks is the most advanced Leafs goalie prospect in the system and has excellent social media game, which makes him Top 15 candidate. 
A strong .924 save percentage in 495 minutes with the Orlando Solar Bears makes up for a disappointing .891 save percentage in 295 minutes with the Toronto Marlies, but those are goalies and small samples. Limited playing time recently due to playing behind a strong Drew MacIntyre in Toronto, but goalies take longer anyway. - Cam Charron

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