Jake Gardiner Freed - Holzer? We hardly knew ya

Cam Charron
March 19 2013 02:28PM

After several games of Korbinian Holzer under performing on the Toronto Maple Leafs top two defensive pairings, the big German has been demoted to the American Hockey League. This comes a game after Randy Carlyle made the switch and re-united Dion Phaneuf and Carl Gunnarsson on the top line.

The bigger news?

This is some fantastic news if you're a Leafs fan.

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The absurdity of Colton Orr

Cam Charron
March 18 2013 02:59PM

Something funny happened on Joffrey Lupul's second goal Saturday night. As you can see from the video above, Colton Orr gets in quick, makes a hit that forces a turnover and allowing Nazem Kadri to recover the puck, set up Joffrey Lupul for a Leafs goal. Easy, right, just how Randy Carlyle drew it up, with Orr creating space for the young Kadri.

The problem is that when he's playing away from Colton Orr, Nazem Kadri scores more goals, records more points, and fires more pucks at the net, it's close, but Kadri's been better away from Orr this season:

  TOI GF/20 MIN Goals/20 MIN Points/20 MIN Attempts/20 MIN
With Orr 56:14 1.067 0.00 1.07 5.33
Without Orr 306:12 1.306 0.39 1.11 5.62

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Five Leafs thoughts to begin the week

Cam Charron
March 18 2013 04:34AM

A few thoughts to kick off your week, and previewing the things we'll look at on this blog in Toronto Maple Leafs analysis…

No. 1 - Nikolai Kulemin's scoring: Where did it go?

One of the major concerns this season has been the lack of production from Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin. In 2011, those two were 3-4 on the Leafs with 58 and 57 points apiece. This season, the two are on pace for just 31 and 44 points apiece. Bob Mitchell in the Toronto Star brought it up in a column yesterday, with a quote from Randy Carlyle:

“From my memory before I got here, Kulemin had a big-time shot and I don’t see him shooting the puck as often,” Carlyle said before Saturday’s game. “He used to step over the blue line and his wrist shot had the ability to beat the goalie from the top of the circle . . . I don’t see that happening anymore.

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Marlies Begin Road Trip With Win

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
March 17 2013 07:36PM

Being on the road has no doubt been the weaker situation for the Toronto Marlies this sesaon, particularly after the lockout. Entering today's game, the blue and white had only won one of seven games away from Ricoh Coliseum after the beginning of Leafs training camp. That said, it's been a while since they've been away from home, and many were hoping that the 7-3-0 run of the past several weeks was more than just arena advantage, but rather the forming of team chemistry. The Lake Erie Monsters were the first test of this, and with a 5-3 win today, the Marlies are hoping this is a sign of things to come.

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LFR6 - Game 29 - Lupul Fiasco

Steve Dangle
March 17 2013 01:02PM


The Leafs move up in the standings, even though they lost. Losing is the new winning! I talk about Lupul's comeback, the trouble with Bozak, and the argument for trading Nikolai Kulemin.

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