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NEW YORK (April 1, 2016) – Arizona Coyotes forward Martin Hanzal has been fined $2,000 as supplementary discipline under NHL Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment), the National Hockey League announced today.
NEW YORK (April 1, 2016) – Edmonton Oilers forward Nail Yakupov has been fined $2,000 as supplementary discipline under NHL Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment), the National Hockey League announced today.
NEW YORK (April 1, 2016) – Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri has been fined a total of $5,000 as supplementary discipline under NHL Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment), the National Hockey League announced today.
from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,
Mike Babcock post-game...
“So that’s four games the memo must be out there that they’re not allowed to call a penalty [on infractions against Kadri],” he said. “It’s got to be over with now. Let’s get on with it. When there’s a penalty let’s call a penalty. Let’s move on.”
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
On the day of the deal, the Maple Leaf who never was waited for a telephone call that never came.
“It would have been nice for somebody to call,” Raffi Torres said on the telephone from San Jose, half-kidding, half-not. “I would have thought that might have happened.
“I know it was just a paper transaction. My GM, Doug Wilson, called to tell me what was going on. I never heard from the Leafs. Never heard a thing.”
His phone was ringing non-stop that day in late February, buzzing with text messages from family and old friends, from people he grew up around, most of them learning of his trade to Toronto — just not of the unusual circumstances.
“I was excited for about five seconds,” said the Markham native. “When I was growing up, I didn’t know anything but Leafs. They were my team. I was crazy about them. Wendel Clark. Doug Gilmour. Mike Gartner. Those were my guys. Then I realized what this was all about.
“It is what it is. I understand the business.”
It’s one thing to understand the business. It’s another to be a central part of a trade that doesn’t send you anywhere but limbo. Torres became the contract that wasn’t necessarily named later in the deal that sent two second-round draft picks to the Leafs in exchange for Roman Polak and Nick Spaling. The Leafs didn’t want the controversial 34-year-old. They are basically eating his expiring salary to make the arrangement work. They didn’t even want to place him with their budding AHL team.
from Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star,
Here’s another one of Babcock’s phrases: “There are 23 players — you coach them 23 different ways.”
It’s a great notion to perpetuate. And it’s probably true. But if we’ve learned anything about Babcock in 72 games as coach of Toronto’s NHLers, it’s that if he’s officially in charge of 23 players at any given moment, he seems to coach a select few players far harder than the others. For much of the season, and even before the 82-game grind began, 25-year-old centreman Nazem Kadri has been one of the coach’s primary focal points. That’s meant regular one-on-one meetings in the coach’s office, complete with exhaustive video review of the evidence that suggested Kadri has not yet lived up to his potential as a two-way force.
“I’ve been in and out of his office pretty daily,” Kadri was saying on Wednesday.
It has quite possibly been a relief to Kadri that lately the coach’s attention has been at least partly diverted to another concern — namely William Nylander. Kadri and Nylander have their similar traits. They’re both talented. They’re both centremen. The difference is Nylander is about a half-dozen years younger and a few hundred NHL games less experienced. This week, Babcock said he’d asked Kadri if it’s possible Nylander will be invited to as many one-on-one meetings as Kadri has attended this season.
“I told Babs there’s not enough time left in the season for that,” Kadri said.
from Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star,
You walk around the Maple Leafs dressing room these days, and it’s as though the joint has been colonized by motivational speakers.
There are 10 games left in a season that’ll see the franchise miss the playoffs for the 10th time in the past 11 campaigns. And yet the buzzwords aren’t the usual “unacceptable” and “disappointing.” Players are instead speaking of how, thanks to a late-season influx of young and speedy prospects, they’re “energized” and “inspired.”
They’re also on a hot streak. Monday night’s 5-2 win over the Calgary Flames, as much as it fuelled the feel-good story machine of young men making good in their maiden months as NHLers, gave the Maple Leafs four wins in their past five games. These upbeat bottom dwellers have just two regulation losses in their past eight contests.
It’s a nice story, just like those are nice stats. But here’s one that’s not so nice to some eyes. Monday’s victory pulled the last-place Leafs within a single point of the Winnipeg Jets for 29th place.
Just to review the terms of the NHL’s latest tweak to its draft-lottery details: This year the dead-last finishers in the standings get a 20% chance at consensus first-overall pick Auston Matthews. The second-last-placers, meanwhile, get a 13.5% chance at No. 1. And it’s worth noting, too, that with 10 games remaining on their schedule the surging Leafs now only trail the 28th-place Oilers (they of the current Auston-winning odds of 11.5%) by just two points.
via the YouTube channel of Sportsnet,
The officials didn't like how Nazem Kadri went down after he drew the ire of the Flames after landing a massive hit on Johnny Gaudreau that put the Flames star on his rear and issued him an embellishment penalty for his troubles.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
So, are the Senators looking forward to the latest installment of the Battle of Ontario?
“What Battle of Ontario?” asked winger Chris Neil on Friday.
No, the rivalry isn’t dead, but it’s certainly on life support with no playoff series between the two teams since 2004 and the Toronto Maple Leafs in the middle of a massive rebuild that included sending captain Dion Phaneuf to the Senators in a nine-player deal last month.
“We’ve got more of a battle against Montreal,” said Neil. “Obviously the games are big when we go against (Toronto) but our rivalry, playing Montreal the last couple of years in the playoffs, has evolved into more of a battle than the Battle of Ontario.”
Asked if it’s no longer alive, Neil added: “I don’t think so. It will eventually come back. The teams are still close. I think it’s just the way the cards have unfolded the past couple of years for Toronto.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Class is fully in session for a cherubic Toronto Maple Leafs roster now in its next phase of the rebuild.
Called up earlier this week, prospects William Nylander, Kasperi Kapanen, Nikita Soshnikov and Zach Hyman are getting their NHL feet wet now, which was always part of the plan post-trade deadline after the front office jettisoned a number of veterans.
The current NHL roster now has 10 players who played in the AHL at some point this season.
They're now in the hands of professor Mike Babcock. The adjustment for these prospects to NHL life can be overwhelming at times. It's a steep learning curve.
from the CP at TSN,
The steam was still oozing off Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock in the moments after the team's 20th loss in the past 25 games.
Babcock was furious with the officiating in a 2-1 Thursday defeat to the Minnesota Wild at the Air Canada Centre. The Wild scored both goals on the power play, including the winner from Mikael Granlund with Leo Komarov in the penalty box.
"I thought we got ripped off big time today," Babcock said. "I don't get it. It makes no sense to me. The other thing I know is the people didn't pay to watch (the officials) play, they pay to watch the players."
Below, watch Mike Babcock post-game plus the penalty call on Komarov...
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