Goalie splits with Murray back, Making roster space, hooray for defense: Leaflets

Goalie splits with Murray back, Making roster space, hooray for defense: Leaflets

Thanks to a Sunday battle with a stomach bug I’ve decided to tackle this week’s Leaflets a day late. I’m sure you didn’t notice, but generally my collection of half thoughts goes up Monday morning instead of Tuesday. If there is one reader out there going “WHERE ARE MY LEAFLETS?” this update is for you.
That’s enough preamble, let’s get to the half thoughts.
Don’t overwork Murray
If there is a time and place to overwork Matt Murray history has taught us that it is in the playoffs. And history has also taught us that keeping him healthy enough to get to the playoffs will be a challenge too, so despite his price tag and despite the fact that he in theory is the better goaltending option compared to Erik Kallgren, I’d hope the Leafs are cautious about easing him into their lineup.
We already know that Murray will be the starter for the Leafs tonight, and while Samsonov was at practice on Monday, his return hasn’t been announced either. That possibly means seeing more of Erik Kallgren than we …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Zach Aston-Reese points to the Leafs going with quality over quantity in their bottom six

There doesn’t seem to be much of a battle left for spots in the Leafs top six forward group come training camp time. Though the lines might not be a traditional top six and instead we might see the six most utilized forwards spread out across the top three lines, it seems pretty clear that Matthews, Tavares, Marner, Nylander, Bunting, and Kerfoot represent the top six group (unless Kerfoot ends up being a salary cap casualty.)
Now the Leafs’ bottom six is wide open. We can assume that the Leafs’ big summer acquisition of Calle Jarnkrok will have a spot there, as well staples of the bottom six Pierre Engvall and David Kampf (it also seems possible that one of Engvall or Jarnkrok could get some looks at center.) Nicholas Aube-Kubel seems like he was certainly brought in to play, while Adam Gaudette is a bit more of a “let’s see what he can do” guy, Wayne Simmonds seems to be back as the enforcer, and Joey Anderson, Nick Robertson, Nick Abruzzese, Alex Steeves, Kyle Clifford, and Pontus Holmberg are fighting for whatever positions they can. All that is before asking where Denis Malgin fits in (I can feel your rage from the mentio …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation