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November 29

UPDATE

The Leafs announced that forward Luca Caputi has been assigned to the Toronto Marlies of the AHL. Caputi has appeared in seven games with the Maple Leafs this season, collecting four penalty minutes and eight shots on goal. He has also registered a goal and two assists with nine penalty minutes in seven games with the Marlies.

Read the press release.

Previous Entry

It was quite the week for Maple Leafs prospect Greg McKegg. The St. Thomas, Ontario native had nine points in three games last week. Included in that was six goals (four in one game) against Belleville on Thursday.

McKegg's performance was recognized as he was named OHL Player of the Week for November 22-28. It is the second time this season that he has taken the honour. Read the full press release here....

Another Leafs prospect, Brad Ross was invited to Team Canada's selection camp that will be taking place in Toronto from December 12-15 at the MasterCard Centre. More right here

The Leafs returned to practice on Monday and head coach Ron Wilson unveiled some new line combinations. J.S. Giguere took part in full practice for the first time on Monday.

Here they are the line combinations:

Clarke MacArthur - Nazem Kadri - Phil Kessel
Nikolai Kulemin - Mikhail Grabovski - Luca Caputi
Kristopher Versteeg - Tyler Bozak - Fredrik Sjostrom
Colton Orr - Tim Brent - Mike Brown
John Mitchell

Ron Wilson


Nazem Kadri


J.S. Giguere



November 25

A day after being sent down to the Toronto Marlies, Luca Caputi was back with the Leafs on Thursday taking the place of Mike Brown. Brown took a shot to the groin on Wednesday and was in considerable pain. Ron Wilson said after practice that Brown will be in the lineup on Friday against the Sabres.

For the second straight day Colby Armstrong took to the ice prior to practice. Armstrong handled the puck but he still remains about ten days away from being back in the lineup.

Ron Wilson also announced that Jonas Gustavsson will start the back-to-back against Buffalo and Ottawa. J.S. Giguere is planning on traveling with the team this weekend as he continues to recover from a groin strain.

Ron Wilson


Colby Armstrong




November 24

The Leafs have announced that Luca Caputi has been assigned to the Toronto Marlies. Caputi has been out of the lineup for the last six games. He has zero points in six games this season and is a minus two.

With the Maple Leafs winning three of their last four games, it was a spirited practice Wednesday as the Leafs get set to play back-to-back games this weekend against Buffalo and Ottawa.

There were quite a few important things to come out of practice.

PHANEUF, GIGUERE & ARMSTRONG INJURY UPDATE 
Prior to practice, the Leafs three injured players skated on their own. 

J.S. Giguere was back on skates for the first time since his suffering his groin injury against Nashville on November 16th. Colby Armstrong was able to handle the puck for the first time since he underwent surgery on his finger back in later October.

Read the full story right here

Phaneuf Skating Before Practice


Ron Wilson




November 17

The Leafs announced that J.S. Giguere will be out of the lineup for one to two weeks with a minor groin strain. To take his place on the roster, they have recalled goaltender James Reimer from the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League.

In nine games this season, Reimer has a record of 5-3-1 with a GAA of 2.90 and a save percentage of .918. He has also recorded one shutout this season. Read the press release.

He is expected to backup Jonas Gustavsson when the Leafs host the New Jersey Devils Thursday at Air Canada Centre.

Both Francois Beauchemin and Tim Brent were given the day off but they will be in the lineup Thursday.

Dion Phaneuf spoke with the media for the first time since his injury against Ottawa on November 2nd. The operation was three hours and he spent three days in hospital.

Here were the lines from practice:

Clarke MacArthur - Mikhail Grabosvki - Nikolai Kulemin
Nazem Kadri - Tyler Bozak - Phil Kessel
Fredrik Sjostrom - John Mitchell - Kristopher Versteeg
Mike Brown - Luca Caputi - Colton Orr


November 15

After having their annual Skills Competition on Sunday, the Leafs held a workout at MasterCard Centre on Monday preparing for the Nashville Predators.

Here is the press release that wraps up the skills event and you can watch all the video here.

On Monday, it was announced that Marlies goaltender Jussi Rynnas was named the Reebok/AHL Player of the Week after going 3-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA . Read the press release.


Colby Armstrong took to the ice prior to the practice as he skated for the second time. He still can't hold the stick in his right hand but he expects to return to the lineup around December 5th.

Luke Schenn will be facing his good friend Shea Weber who is still a mentor to Schenn. Ron Wilson announced that J.S. Giguere will get the start in net for the second straight game.

Here is all of Monday's post-practice video:

Colby Armstrong


Luke Schenn


Kristoper Versteeg




November 12

The Leafs have called up forward Nazem Kadri and defenceman Keith Aulie from the Toronto Marlies. Read the full press release here

Watch this sick goal by Kadri from earlier this season with the Marlies.

Kadri has recorded 14 points in 14 games this season with the Marlies including five points in his past three games. He is tied for 20th in the AHL in points and he is third in rookie scoring.

Aulie is a steady at home defenceman who has three points in 14 games.Check out a fight that Aulie had earlier this week (FYI: it's the second fight in the video).

Also on Friday, the NHL announced which players will be on the 2011 All-Star ballot. Get the full list here. Balloting begins on Monday.

Here were the lines from Friday's practice:

Clarke MacArthur - Mikhail Grabovski - Phil Kessel
Nazem Kadri - Tyler Bozak - Nikolai Kulemin
Fredrik Sjostrom - Tim Brent - Kristopher Versteeg
Colton Orr - John Mitchell - Mike Brown
Luca Caputi

Below is video from Friday's media availability.

Brian Burke


Ron Wilson


Nazem Kadri


Keith Aulie



November 11

Following the 4-1 loss to the Panthers, the Leafs returned to practice Thursday at MasterCard Centre for Hockey Excellence.

Ron Wilson had two new lines at practice as he had a line of Nikolai Kulemin-Mikhail Grabovski-Phil Kessel and Clarke MacArthur-Tyler Bozak-Kristopher Versteeg.

Below is video from Thursday's media availability.

Ron Wilson


Tomas Kaberle


J.S. Giguere


Luke Schenn


Kristopher Versteeg




November 8

Coming off a tough 3-2 shootout loss to the Buffalo Sabres, the Leafs had an early practice Monday before heading off Florida for back-to-back games on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Although he has scored just one goal this season, Mikhail Grabovski has been one of the better players on the Maple Leafs. He sits third on the team in scoring and leads the team in plus/minus at plus eight which is fifth best in the NHL.

Tyler Bozak hasn't had a great offensive start to the season but he is the top Leafs forward on the draws at 59.3 per cent, good enough for seventh in the NHL.

Looking ahead to the Leafs opponent on Tuesday, the Lightning, they are coming off a West Coast road trip that saw them go 1-2-1. The Bolts are led by Steven Stamkos who has 11 goals and 22 points in 13 games so far this season.

Tampa Bay is 3-1-1 so far this season at the St. Pete Times Forum. The Leafs will need to be disciplined as the Lightning power play at home has been firing at incredible 28 per cent. They are eighth in the NHL in power play efficiency at 22.8 per cent.

Last season, the Leafs were 2-0-2 against Tampa Bay.

All the action starts at 7:30 p.m. on Rogers Sportsnet Ontario, Leafs TV Interactive and AM640.

Here is some post practice video:

Ron Wilson


Colby Armstrong


Tyler Bozak


Francois Beauchemin




November 1

After being shutout in their last two games, head coach Ron Wilson mixed up the lines at practice. Luca Caputi was bumped up to the top line while Kris Versteeg was moved down.

The Leafs also assigned forward Mike Zigomanis to the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League. Here is the press release.

Here is how the they lined up at practice:

Luca Caputi - Tyler Bozak - Phil Kessel
Nikolai Kulemin - Mikhail Grabovski - Clarke MacArthur
Mike Brown - Tim Brent - Kris Versteeg
Colton Orr - Christian Hanson - Fredrik Sjostrom

John Mitchell

The Leafs directed 92 shots towards the Rangers net on Saturday. 36 were on net, 35 were blocked and 21 missed the net.

Dion Phaneuf was responsible for 18 shots towards the net. Here are a few more numbers in my closer look from Saturday.

Here are few links to some of the stories from Monday's papers:

The Toronto Star's Mark Zwolinski has more on the new line combos. Read more

The Toronto Sun's Lance Hornby on how the Leafs are looking for a spark. Read more
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