ICYMI: Leafs vs. Sabres preseason recap

Chris Stewart lit the lamp twice for the Sabres in the 1st but Toronto took the lead going into the 2nd with goals from Roman Polak, Tyler Bozak, and Dion Phaneuf. The action didn’t slow down in the 2nd as the Leafs tried to solidify their lead when Leo Komarov and David Clarkson each notched their first goals of the preseason. Jake McCabe tried to close the gap for Buffalo but the Leafs lead 5-3 going into the 3rd. Josh Leivo scored for the buds and Cody McCormick put one more past Reimer ending the game 6-4 for the blue and white. Reimer made 34 saves for the Leafs win.

Toronto Maple Leafs: 6

Buffalo Sabres: 4

ICYMI: Leafs vs. Senators Recapx2 

Senators vs. Leafs: Canadian Tire Centre

After a scoreless first period the Sens got a pair from Bobby Ryan and Matt Puempel. Leafs put one up on the board from Sam Carrick before the end of the 2nd and went into the 3rd 2-1 Ottawa. Bobby Ryan got his 2nd of the game and the Leafs tried to make a come back at the end of the 3rd with a goal from Morgan Rielly, but it wasn’t enough and the Sens take the win.

Ottawa Senators: 3

Toronto Maple Leafs: 2

Leafs vs. Senators: Air Canada Centre

Nazem Kadri opened up the scoring for the Leafs and posted the only goal in the 1st. Jake Gardiner put the Leafs ahead by 2 at the beginning of the 2nd but the Sens answered with a goal by Shane Prince and went into the 3rd 2-1 Leafs. James van Riemsdyk posted another for the Leafs and gave them a 3 goal lead. The Senators managed to tie it up in the 3rd with a short handed goal by Alex Chiasson and another from Ryan Dzingel. Neither team could find the back of the net in overtime and the game went to a shootout. Connor Brown put one in for the Leafs but they fell short after Alex Chiasson got his 2nd of the night, and Milan Michalek secured the Senators win.

Toronto Maple Leafs: 3

Ottawa Senators: 4

ICYMI: Leafs vs Flyers Game Summary
1st Period: van Riemsdyk opens up the scoring with a top shelf goal on Mason early in the 1st. 
2nd Period: The 2nd period remained scoreless and the Leafs lead 1-0.
3rd Period: The Leafs lit the lamp 3 times in the 3rd with goals from Kozun, Franson, and a first NHL goal from Swedish sensation Nylander.
Bernier and Bibeau stopped a combined 25 saves for their shutout.
Toronto Maple Leafs: 4
Philadelphia Flyers: 0

ICYMI: Leafs vs Flyers Game Summary

1st Period: van Riemsdyk opens up the scoring with a top shelf goal on Mason early in the 1st. 

2nd Period: The 2nd period remained scoreless and the Leafs lead 1-0.

3rd Period: The Leafs lit the lamp 3 times in the 3rd with goals from Kozun, Franson, and a first NHL goal from Swedish sensation Nylander.

Bernier and Bibeau stopped a combined 25 saves for their shutout.

Toronto Maple Leafs: 4

Philadelphia Flyers: 0

ICYMI: The first preseason Leafs game of the 2014/15 season!
Toronto Maple Leafs: 3
Philadelphia Flyers: 2
1st Period: The game got off to a slow start and a scoreless first period.
2nd Period: The Flyers got the first goal of the game with Read’s power play goal followed by Raffl’s 5 minutes later. The buds put themselves on the board in the last minute of play at the end of the 2nd with a power play goal by Kadri.
3rd Period: The Leafs tied it up with another power play goal by Nilsson ending the game 2-2 and sending it into overtime.
OT: Neither team could find the back of the net during OT and took it to a shootout.
SO: Arkeson, Raffl, and Laughton all shot and missed for Philly while Kadri and Leivo missed for Toronto and left it to Booth to put in the winning goal.

ICYMI: The first preseason Leafs game of the 2014/15 season!

Toronto Maple Leafs: 3

Philadelphia Flyers: 2

1st Period: The game got off to a slow start and a scoreless first period.

2nd Period: The Flyers got the first goal of the game with Read’s power play goal followed by Raffl’s 5 minutes later. The buds put themselves on the board in the last minute of play at the end of the 2nd with a power play goal by Kadri.

3rd Period: The Leafs tied it up with another power play goal by Nilsson ending the game 2-2 and sending it into overtime.

OT: Neither team could find the back of the net during OT and took it to a shootout.

SO: Arkeson, Raffl, and Laughton all shot and missed for Philly while Kadri and Leivo missed for Toronto and left it to Booth to put in the winning goal.

Leafs avoid arbitration with Reimer and Franson.

Toronto signed Cody Franson to a 1 year $3.3 milliion deal. Franson played 39 games last year in the white and blue and racked up 33 points on 5 goals and 28 assists.

James Reimer agreed to a 2 year $4.6 million contract. After a dramatic season with the organization it was rumored Reimer was looking to leave and the Leafs were also looking to trade him. Part way through the season he fell into a backup position and took a lot of heat from unhappy Leaf fans. Reimer played 36 games for the buds last season with a record of 12-16-1, 3.29 goals against average, a .911 save percentage and one shutout.

Leafs Front Office Roundup

I haven’t covered the Leafs new office hires so lets take a look at the new faces upstairs.

A month ago the Leafs organization announced that Kyle Dubas will be coming on as Assistant General Manager. Since the season ended The Maple Leafs have been undergoing a restructure focusing on their analytics department.

Brandon Pridham will also take his new position as assistant to the GM. Pridham will assist in taking on salary cap analysis, contract negotiations and collective bargaining agreement interpretation for the team.

During the restructure the Leafs said goodbye to Vice President of Hockey Operations Dave Poulin and Vice President and Assistant General Manager Claude Loiselle.

With all the moves that have been made so far it looks like a lot of decisions will come from looking at player stats this year in the Leafs new approach. Of course we’ll have to wait till October when the skates hit the ice to see how much a role analytics will play this season.