Toronto Marlies re-sign Rich Clune to one-year AHL contract

The Marlies announced on Thursday that the team has re-signed veteran forward Rich Clune to a one-year AHL contract. Clune first joined the organization for the 2015-2016 season and has suited up in 164 games for the Marlies over the last five seasons, racking up 18 goals and 25 assists.

Dicky is back!
We’ve signed forward Rich Clune to a one-year AHL contract. #ForeverStartsHere
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— Toronto Marlies (@TorontoMarlies) October 15, 2020

Clune’s value to the organization has stretched far beyond his contributions on the ice, serving as a mentor of sorts for many of Toronto’s young prospects as they come through the AHL system. Kyle Dubas and his staff have shown again and again that they value what Clune brings to the organization despite the fact that he has played just 31 games in the last two seasons.

Rich Clune is coming back for another season with the Toronto Marlies.
He’s become such a respected voice in that dressing room. Ask almost any #Leafs prospect who’s done time in the AHL, and there’s a story there about an impact Clune has had on them.
— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) October 15, 2020

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Marlies sign Rourke Chartier to one-year AHL contract

The Marlies announced Wednesday that the team has signed center Rourke Chartier to a one-year AHL contract. The 24 year old former 5th round pick sat out the entirety of the 2019-2020 season due to lingering post-concussion symptoms.

News: We’ve signed forward Rourke Chartier to a one-year AHL contract. #ForeverStartsHere
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— Toronto Marlies (@TorontoMarlies) October 14, 2020

Chartier suited up for 13 NHL games with San Jose in the 2018-2019 season but will serve purely as depth for the Marlies if and when the next AHL season gets underway. In 121 career AHL games, Chartier has tallied 30 goals and 44 assists for 74 points.

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

Marlies bring back Hudson Elynuik

The Marlies are doing their best to keep busy in their extended offseason, and today announced that they are bringing back one of their strong bottom six performers…

News: The Marlies have signed forward Hudson Elynuik to a one-year AHL contact.
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— Toronto Marlies (@TorontoMarlies) June 18, 2020
The 22 year old is a 6’5 center that was a solid offensive player at the junior hockey level who is transitioning into a strong bottom six forward in the pro ranks. In many ways he’s similar to Freddie Gauthier, but there is more of a physical upside that could be tapped into that could make him worthy of a SPC in a year or two.
I’ve always liked Elynuik, maybe not as much as the Canes when they reached to draft him 74th overall in 2016, but as a big player in the WHL he was dominant. Additionally I was a fan of his Dad, Pat, who played on the Winnipeg Jets 1.0 and owned a sports card shop within biking distance of my house growing up. Keeping Elynuik in the Leafs organization allows me to continue …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Marlies 2019-20 Season Review

Welcome to the 2019-20 season review for the Toronto Marlies. Today we are going to take a look at the 15th season in franchise history, examining what went right and what went wrong for the Marlies.

Overall, the 2019-20 season for the Marlies was disappointing to say the least. The team was on pace to miss the playoffs for the first time since the 2010-11 season. Between injuries, NHL recalls and coaching changes, the Marlies went through it all this season. With the AHL finally cancelling the remainder of the 2019-20 season on Monday, it’s time to review the year the Marlies had.
If I had to pick one word to describe the 2019-20 Toronto Marlies season, I would probably go with ‘Transition’.
After the Calder Cup victory in 2018 and a surprise playoff run to the Conference Finals in 2019, the transition first started in the offseason. Kyle Dubas, the architect of those last two Marlies playoff runs was promoted to General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Dubas would fill the void he created by hiring Laurence Gillman as his Assistant GM and also GM of the Marlies.

There was a lot of roster turnover …

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Author: Brendan Mori / The Leafs Nation

Potential Maple Leafs Black Aces

Today Toronto Marlies General Manager, Laurence Gilman, provided some insight on the conclusion of the Marlies season. This included exit interviews for some players, and something else for others:

Marlies GM Laurence Gilman says exit interviews have already been conducted with the AHL players who won’t get called up to the #leafs for their taxi squad. He didn’t disclose how many guys are on hold for a potential NHL restart.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) May 11, 2020

The players who join an NHL club for practices during playoffs are often referred to as “Black Aces”. In this instance, “taxi squad” fits all the same. In a typical year teams are limited to 3-4 Black Aces, but as you know this is not a typical season.
Given the potential time restraints, the NHL may allow teams to carry additional extras for the 2020 playoffs.
Who Is On the NHL Roster?
It’s been a while since NHL teams have been viewed as a 23 man roster, so here is a refresher. Rasmus Sandin and Martin Marincin are on the roster. Cody Ceci and Morgan Rielly have been activated from LTIR, while Andreas Johnsson and Ilya Mikheyev remain there. Mikheyev was …

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Author: Earl Schwartz / The Leafs Nation

Top Leafs Outside the NHL: #2 Nick Robertson

Well, after a run of Marlies players through most of the top 10, we return to junior hockey and take a look at Nick Robertson. Of all the players in the rankings, no one scored higher on potential upside and talent than Nick Robertson. If this was a straight up prospect ranking there is a very good chance that we would be considering Robertson the number one guy, but as much as he’s answered a lot of questions about what he can do this year, the one question remains, “Is Nick Robertson NHL ready?”

The @NHL extends Player Development Agreements for the 2020-21 season.
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) April 28, 2020
The NHL’s decision yesterday complicates things for Nick Robertson a little more. The Leafs don’t have an AHL option for him next season, and it largely comes down to if he’s not a Leaf, he’s going to be returning to the OHL, and another question comes from that, “what more can he accomplish there?”
Let’s look at some of those accomplishments…


2017 …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Bracco, Liljegren named to AHL all-star game

Two Toronto Marlies have been made late additions to the American Hockey League all-star game rosters.
Marlies F Jeremy Bracco and D Timothy Liljegren will be off to the big game on Monday.

Bracco, 22, has scored four goals and 29 assists in 42 games with the club. He’s fifth in the league in assists and is tied for second amongst all Marlies players in all-time regular-season assists (112) through three seasons. The 2015 second-round pick of the Maple Leafs has played in 167 AHL games with the Marlies scoring 144 points.
Liljegren, meanwhile, has played in 35 games with the Marlies scoring four goals and adding 22 assists setting career highs. The 2017 first round pick of the Maple Leafs played in his first NHL game this year on Jan. 18 against the Chicago Blackhawks. He’s scored 58 points in 122 games with the Marlies.
Both players will play in the all-star game and are joining goaltender Kasimir Kaskisuo at the game.
On Twitter: @zjlaing

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Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Marlies assistant coach Rob Davison suffered seizure, released from hospital

Toronto Marlies assistant coach Rob Davison has been released from a Texas hospital a day after suffering a prolonged grand mal seizure, the organization said Saturday.
The incident happened Friday night in the visitor’s dressing room at the HEB Center in Cedar Park, Texas, as the Marlies were preparing to take on the Texas Stars.

Davison, 39, was rushed to hospital and the Marlies forfeited the game. He was kept overnight for observation and his condition has since stabilized, the Maple Leafs said.
The seizure was witnessed by both players and staff leaving the entire team in a state of shock, Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas said in a statement Friday night.
The organization said Davison is set to return to Toronto today along with a member of the Marlies medical team. He will be away from the team indefinitely on medical leave.
Davison has been with the club since he was hired in July 2017. An NHLer of over 500 games, the former 4th round draft pick launched his coaching career in 2014-2015 with EC Salzburg of the EBEL. He spent two seasons there, before one year with Dinamo Minsk of the KHL.
On Twitter: @zjlaing

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Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation

Getting a Good Read on the Marlies

If you are fan of below average puns you have to be excited for the Marlies signing Matt Read to an AHL deal. If you are a fan of speedy two way veteran wingers you probably also like the move. Additionally, if you want to hold out hope that if the Leafs see their roster thin from injuries that Read could be a good option for them, you also probably like this deal. If you are going to work and the biggest sign on the window says “Minnows” then you might be a redneck.
Anyway, back to Matt Read.
Earlier this month I took a look at Matt Read, but included in that for those of you who don’t feel like clicking is a breakdown of how he compares to other Marlies veteran wingers…

BC :'(
So all and all, on par with the field.
The post also concluded that the likely outcome was that he’d find himself with the Marlies if he …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Marlies Season Ends On Controversial Double OT Goal

The Toronto Marlies’ season came to an end on a sour note, thanks to a controversial no-call right before Checkers forward Morgan Geekie scored the game-winning goal in double overtime to give Charlotte a 4-3 win and eliminate the Marlies from the Eastern Conference Finals.
1:35 into the second overtime period, Checkers forward Steven Lorentz shot the puck out of play, however, the play was not blown dead. The puck dropped back into the playing surface and then 14 seconds later, Lorentz set up Geekie for the game-winner. In a matter of seconds, the Marlies’ season came to a close on a play that should have never even occurred.
Take a look for yourself:

The puck went out of play, but no whistle was blown. The game carried on. And then, Charlotte scored the winner. Fitting end to such an atrociously called series. #Marlies are done and the #Checkers are headed to the Calder Cup Final. Brutal. @TLNdc
— Jacob Stoller (@JLStoller) May 27, 2019

The AHL rulebook states that if the puck hits anything that is not the boards or glass, the play shall be called to a halt. If the puck is shot out by the attacking forward (as …

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Author: Jacob Stoller / The Leafs Nation