Morgan Rielly named to Team Canada

Cam Charron
December 13 2012 05:23PM

Hardly a shocker. Maple Leafs fifth overall select from this past draft Morgan Rielly was one of seven defencemen to make Team Canada for the IIHF U-20 world championship. He didn't play in either of the scrimmages against Canadian university squads, neither did any of the favourites to make the team.

Bob McKenzie suggests he'll play with Dougie Hamilton on the top pairing for Team Canada, a decent troll job by Canada coach Steve Spott if there ever was one. The remaining defenders will be fellow WHLers Griffin Reinhart and Tyler Wotherspoon, OHLers Ryan Murphy and Scott Harrington and the QMJHL's Xavier Ouellet.

Rielly plays an elite offensive game for this level. Paired with Hamilton or Harrington he'd be a two-way threat. This is a good chance for Leaf fans to get familiar with a prospect whose stock has soared since Burke took him back in June.

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Leafs Prospects Points by Period

Gus Katsaros
December 13 2012 08:51AM


A few days back I presented the Maple Leafs prospects points breakdowns.

We're going to dig a little deeper into the numbers here. Let's take a trip.

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“No progress” in lockout talks, but the end is near all the same

Jonathan Willis
December 12 2012 05:08PM

Remember last week, when negotiations between the NHL and NHLPA collapsed? Don Fehr gave a press conference, saying the two sides were close, then came back and said that talks had broken off, and then Gary Bettman gave what was likely the angriest media availability of his NHL tenure, insisting that the owner’s offer of $300 million in “make whole” payments was now off the table.

The two sides met on Wednesday, and despite the rhetoric seem not to have moved much at all from their positions during the ‘owners/players only’ meetings.

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Update: Jake Gardiner no longer "not in a concussion state"

Cam Charron
December 12 2012 10:55AM

This isn't too surprising. The Toronto Marlies have upgraded Jake Gardiner's status to "concussion-like symptoms" although the way this is progressing, I have to wonder why they're avoiding the term "concussion" altogether.

From what I understand, Jake Gardiner took a hit from Kevin Porter in Saturday's game against the Lake Erie Monsters, scored a goal on the ensuing powerplay, and then sat out the third period. After the game, Dallas Eakins said Gardiner "wasn't in a concussion state" and held him out of Sunday's game for "precautionary" reasons.

So, yes, this is a huge blow to Toronto, both Maple Leafs and Marlies. I can't find a video of the hit, so if anybody comes across one, please get it over to me somehow.

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Depending on way dollars are counted, Leafs could be in trouble

Cam Charron
December 12 2012 10:29AM

If Brian Burke, a man who has never let himself get away with excessive spending, doesn't have a team that will be put into an advantageous position when the collective bargaining agreement is all settled, then what the heck is it we're doing here? 

By now I think we know some of the particulars of the owners' demands. We know that they want caps on expensive contracts, and for the players to take the hit in the transition to 50-50. (The first question you need to ask here is 'why do they need to do this?') Burke's Leafs stand according to Capgeek at just over $64.3M committed in 2013. 

The salary cap under the previous CBA was set at about $70.2M. The way it works is that a midpoint is calculated by totalling hockey-related revenues (or HRR) across all clubs, taking 57% (the players' share) and dividing that above the 30 teams to establish a midpoint. The salary cap was designed to be $8M above the midpoint, and the salary floor at $8M below.

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