The Leafs are just two days into their on ice sessions at camp, and they’ve already seen three of their key players miss practice.
The latest was Phil Kessel – who did not practise Friday morning. The Leafs top goal scorer was excused from camp so he could attend the funeral of a grand parent.
Kessel is expected back with the team Saturday.
The Leafs also lost Joffrey Lupul (back spasms) and Colton Orr (leg bone bruise) on Thursday.
Lupul was listed as day to day; Orr will not skate for a week
by edtsportsedit 9/13/2013 1:32:39 PM
Today's lines with the group on the Leafs ice:
Connor Brown-Trevor Smith-James van Riemsdyk
Mason Raymond-Joe Colborne-Tyler Biggs
Fabrice Herzog-Andrew Crescenzi-Sam Carrick
Ryan Rupert-Jamie Devane-Matt Rupert
Morgan Rielly-Kevin Raine
Carl Gunnarsson-Petter Granberg
Jake Gardiner-Korbinian Holzer
Andrew MacWilliam-TJ Brennan
Drew MacIntyre, Jonathan Bernier, Chris Gibson
by Kevin McGran 9/13/2013 1:34:25 PM
by Kevin McGran 9/13/2013 1:39:51 PM
A little Zamboni action right now. There will be a modified scrimmage coming up.
by Kevin McGran 9/13/2013 2:08:10 PM
by Kevin McGran 9/13/2013 2:10:27 PM
A quick note on Cody Franson. He's looking for 1 year, $3 million hoping to cash in bigger next season when the salary cap goes up. Leafs want him for two years because they have too many other D-men turning into free agents next summer, notably Phaneuf (UFA), Fraser (UFA), Ranger (UFA) and Gardiner (RFA). Franson would make five. To sign Franson to a longer deal would require more $$$. May have to shed $$$ to make room for Franson on a long term deal.
by Kevin McGran 9/13/2013 2:16:53 PM
Here is what Franson told TSN: "I really like playing in Toronto,” he said. “I think we have a great team and we have some unfinished business to take care of. I learned a lot from the coaches last year and felt like my game took a step forward. I understand the cap situation this team faces and have been ready to sign a one-year deal for some time. I hope this gets worked out soon so I can get back on the ice with my teammates"
by Kevin McGran 9/13/2013 2:17:46 PM
by Kevin McGran 9/13/2013 2:41:51 PM
by Kevin McGran 9/13/2013 3:00:12 PM
Carl Gunnarsson says his hip is healthy
by Kevin McGran 9/13/2013 3:52:01 PM
Randy Carlyle says it's possible for Morgan Rielly to make the team and still play in the world junior tournament.
by Kevin McGran 9/13/2013 4:42:32 PM
Randy Carlyle says he likes what he sees in Mason Raymond.
by Kevin McGran 9/13/2013 4:42:51 PM
by Kevin McGran 9/13/2013 1:41:12 PM