Ready for your comments/questions regarding the home opener. Fire away.
by Kevin McGran 10/4/2013 6:02:52 PM
@JayT: Biggest surprise to me is how well, I mean really well, both goaltenders have played. James Reimer seems to have adapted is game a bit. No really big rebounds. And Bernier, for a small guy, seems big in net.
by Kevin McGran 10/4/2013 6:03:44 PM
As for disappointments, that's a harsh word for a 2-0 team. But Paul Ranger is a work in progress and Jake Gardiner seems a little unfocused at times.
by Kevin McGran 10/4/2013 6:04:17 PM
@Lindrino: injuries are a factor. Bodie could stick in large part because he has a relatively low salary. I think Carter Ashton is more likely to be sent down when McLaren gets back.
by Kevin McGran 10/4/2013 6:08:02 PM
@EvanE: In practise today it was: Phaneuf-Gardiner; Ranger-Franson; Rielly-Gardiner
by Kevin McGran 10/4/2013 6:08:31 PM
@Lindrino: he's got to rediscover the speed of the game.
by Kevin McGran 10/4/2013 6:08:48 PM
Centre. Bozak is not a No. 1. Kadri is not yet a No. 2. It will take time.
by Kevin McGran 10/4/2013 6:11:08 PM
Morgan Rielly prepares for his first NHL game in Maple Leafs home opener.
by Kevin McGran edited by edtsportsedit 10/4/2013 6:11:48 PM
that said, I like what I see in Leafs forwards. They have guys who can score. If the goalies keep them in games, they will always have a chance to win.
by Kevin McGran 10/4/2013 6:12:08 PM
Randy Carlyle defends flipping Nazem Kadri to third line
by Kevin McGran 10/4/2013 6:13:35 PM
@Lindrino: It's player for player with salary cap implications. JML won't be back as long as Leafs are tight to cap (even though only $925,000 of his salary is off cap.) For Fraser being out, I think Holzer would get first call. Maybe MacWilliam, who has to learn how to play a full year. If an offensive D-man is out, then you're looking at Percy or Blacker (or Liles). For now, Rielly gets his chance. That could all change by Tuesday.
by Kevin McGran 10/4/2013 6:14:15 PM
Poll is saying Reimer almost on a 2-to-1 basis.
by Kevin McGran 10/4/2013 6:14:49 PM