Leafs have recalled Denis Malgin, let’s see what he’s been up to

He’s back, baby!

Forward Denis Malgin has been reassigned to the @MapleLeafs taxi squad.
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) May 10, 2021

Okay, some of you might have completely forgotten about Denis Malgin, but he is still around. He’s just spent a little time back in Switzerland, playing hockey and (I assume) eating cheese. Now he’s back, been quarantined, and was assigned to Marlies, but never got around to playing. He’s skipped that step and has joined the taxi squad, and I wouldn’t doubt that the Leafs are looking to get him into at least one of the two remaining games to see how he looks against NHL competition.
While Malgin was overseas he managed to put up a pretty special season in the Swiss National League. He had 19 goals, 42 points in 45 games. He also picked up 3 points in the four playoff games he was in. This was the best scoring pace of Malgin’s young career, and at 24 this is certainly an encouraging thing to see and he definitely still needs to be viewed as an asset for the Leafs, significantly moreso than Mason Marchment was going to be.
When we last saw Malgin on the Leafs, he …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Critiquing the Leafs lines before they hit the ice

Bless Sheldon Keefe’s soul. He’s given us the unique opportunity to start reacting to the Leafs lines before they hit the ice tomorrow. Of course he didn’t give us his defense pairings, so he’s left us a little bit wanting, but we’ve got the big stuff to dissect early.

Maple Leafs lines to start:
Thornton – Matthews – MarnerVesey – Tavares – NylanderMikheyev – Kerfoot – HymanSimmonds – Spezza – Barabanov
Outside looking in to start: Robertson, Boyd, Engvall, Anderson
— James Mirtle (@mirtle) January 3, 2021

So we’ll go line by line through these, but first line left wing Joe Thornton deserves some special recognition. After weeks of trying to figure out if Thornton was going to be the fourth line center or if he was going to grab the 3C position from Alexander Kerfoot, we’ve now learned that Sheldon Keefe has been galaxy braining his lineup card the entire time, and we’ve really got some interesting combinations to look at.
The four players that James Mirtle lists as being on the outside looking in looks like the lock for the taxi squad forwards, and potentially the roster scratched player as well. Boyd would potentially the roster guy of that group, as …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Maple Leafs activate Trevor Moore from IR, assign him to Marlies for conditioning stint

He’s (almost) back, baby!
After suffering missing 15 games due to a shoulder injury suffered on November 15th, then returning on December 21st and immediately landing back on the shelf with a concussion, Trevor Moore has finally been activated from Injured Reserve this afternoon. In a corresponding move, the Maple Leafs assigned the 24-year-old winger to the Toronto Marlies for the purpose of a conditioning stint.

The @MapleLeafs announced today that the team has assigned forward Trevor Moore to the Toronto Marlies (AHL) on a conditioning loan. #LeafsForever
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) January 17, 2020

This is delightful news for a Leafs roster dealing with some horrid injury luck. Welcoming Moore back into the fold gives the team one more healthy piece at their disposal, which they assuredly need in their continued fight for divisional standing within the tightly-contested Atlantic.
Everyone knows how great Moore is, so let’s talk logistics.
The conditioning stint makes complete sense for Moore. Regardless of any rehab or off-ice work he happened to take part in while recovering from his various ailments, Moore has not seen consistent game action for the better part of the past two months. Such a lengthy lay off would …

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Author: Mike Stephens / The Leafs Nation

Adam Brooks called up to the Maple Leafs on Emergency Basis

It’s not clear exactly who he’s coming up to replace, but Adam Brooks has received a call-up to the Toronto Maple Leafs from the Toronto Marlies, on “emergency basis” due to Trevor Moore’s inability to return to the roster.

The @MapleLeafs have recalled forward Adam Brooks from the @TorontoMarlies (AHL) on an emergency basis. #LeafsForever
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) December 17, 2019

This means that the Leafs have suffered enough injuries up front that they would be left with fewer than 13 healthy forwards on the roster. My assumption is that this includes injuries we already knew about, like Andreas Johnsson.
Trevor Moore has been hurt as well, and was originally expected to return tonight but that has been called off due to being in concussion protocol.

Spoke with Sheldon Keefe pre-game, and he said Trevor Moore will NOT return for #Leafs tonight. Was bumped in practice yesterday and informed team this afternoon after media initially spoke with Keefe that he wasn’t feeling right.
— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) December 17, 2019

Keefe explained further that Trevor Moore was put through concussion protocol and there is no concern for him in that respect, but the # …

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Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation

Will the 3rd time be a charm for Nic Petan?

Nic Petan has been a bit of a yo-yo this season. He’s been waived twice, and now recalled three times from the Marlies…

#Leafs have recalled Nic Petan and Kasimir Kaskisuo from the Marlies. Team is set to practice here shortly.
— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) November 12, 2019
The past few recalls have resulted in some press box sitting, some depth roles, and one glorious game of playing with Tavares and Marner, that unfortunately didn’t spark the glorious beginning of the offensive era of Nic Petan.
Alas, things can be different this go around. Petan’s recall is a result of the Mitch Marner’s four week, at minimum, absence. An absence that creates a hole in the top nine forward group, and potentially creating a chance for Petan to play with regular linemates in offensive situations.
That might be complicated slightly be the return of Zach Hyman, which could push Petan into a platooning situation with Jason Spezza, but the optimist in me wants to believe the Leafs are going to do everything in their power to make Petan a regular.
So what does that look like?
Well, let’s assume that the Matthews line goes untouched in this, …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

The Leafs could use Mr. Game 7

Justin Williams announced on Monday that he’s taking a break from hockey. It was widely speculated he would return to the Carolina Hurricanes for another season, but, instead, the team’s captain will enter the season with his future up in the air.

Justin Williams has announced that he is taking a break from the NHL
He will not join the team at the start of the 2019-20 season
More Info » https://t.co/dXQHEbTPsQ pic.twitter.com/EQRzsyFydN
— Carolina Hurricanes (@CanesNHL) September 2, 2019

The key here is that this isn’t a retirement announcement and the door remains open for Williams to return to the NHL at some point. That could be after a full year off or it could come in the middle of the regular season. A couple of years ago, we saw Nashville Predators captain Mike Fisher take a good chunk of the 2017-18 season off after a long run to the Stanley Cup Final before returning to the team in March.
As Bob McKenzie reports, Williams’ decision didn’t come down to a lack of interest. Apparently, and, unsurprisingly, multiple teams were interested in Mr. Game 7’s services. And, since this is a question that  …

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Author: Cam Lewis / The Leafs Nation

Five thoughts on last night’s Game 4: Raptors 107, Magic 85

Playoff Kawhi is real, and he’s a Toronto Raptor. The Raptors completed the rare (for them) back-to-back road playoff win streak, plus the rare (for them) three-game playoff win streak, and are coming home with the never-before accomplished (for them) 3-1 series lead.
That’s a big night!
The team is firing on all cylinders, Kawhi Leonard is a beast, Pascal Siakam is a revelation, Kyle Lowry is running the show and Marc Gasol is anchoring the defense. Even the bench was decent last night.
It’s all happening just like Masai Ujiri drew it up.
Let’s get to the thoughts:
Overcome a Rough Start? Check
The Raptors had opened each game of the series quite well up to last night, taking early leads in each (and big leads in Games 2 and 3. Last night it was a different story, as they committed to two turnovers and a foul in the first 90 seconds, and found themselves down 5-0 before they’d even gotten a shot off. They then proceeded miss three straight, as the Magic started 6-for-6, and were down 9-1.
In the past I might have been worried. Heck, in the past the Raptors themselves might have been …

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Author: Josh Kern / Raptors HQ