Curious Case of Casual Connolly

Gus Katsaros
September 27 2012 07:55AM

Tim Connolly is still under contract for another season. He was supposed to be the answer between Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul, the first line placeholder until a better option appeared. He was injured in the preseason and lost the spot to Tyler Bozak.

He didn't help his cause with a steadilty eroding defensive game, earning him decreased minutes until late in the season where a brief resurgence earned him seven points in the final dozen games.

This one play stuck out in particular as I was at the game and got to see it from a few different perspectives.

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Dangle's Cards: Who's Your Surprise Player?

Steve Dangle
September 26 2012 05:18PM


Thanks to everybody who watched the last video and congrats to the winners!

Ready for the next one? You could win a Bobby Ryan game-used jersey card! 

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That fourth Maple Leafs defenceman, and other Leaflets

Cam Charron
September 26 2012 02:49PM

Today on Twitter there was an informal discussion, as is wont to happen on that particular medium, about the fourth Leafs' defenceman on the penalty kill. Ryan wrote about Komisarek earlier today, while I broke down a Pittsburgh zone entry that paints Komisarek in a bad light. Here's the rest of the entry, and some added thoughts and afternoon links:

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The addition of Jay McClement and the penalty kill

Cam Charron
September 26 2012 11:30AM

I wanted to look a little bit at how Toronto's penalty killing can improve with the arrival of Jay McClement, so I took to watching a pair of games to see how the Maple Leafs reacted against one of the better powerplay teams in the league, Pittsburgh, versus a team that had some shorthanded success against them in, coincidentally, the Colorado Avalanche.

The Avalanche, McClement's former employers, had twice the success against the Pittsburgh powerplay as Toronto did, despite playing just as much shorthanded time against them as the Leafs in just two games versus four.

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The season of Mike Komisarek

Ryan Fancey
September 26 2012 06:58AM

The Leafs are coming up on the final two years of the thorn that's been stinging their side since 2009.

Mike Komisarek's salary dips in 2012-13 to $3.5M, which saves the Leafs $2M compared to last season in actual cash. We've now entered (or will enter, when hockey starts) that window where a lot of people believed he could be dumped to a floor team who won't mind paying him $3.5M and taking on the extra cap dollars along with it.

That idea was thrown around for a while, but fizzled out quite quickly.

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