Tyler Gaudet signs with the Marlies

(NOTE: That was literally the only Leafs photo of him in our library. Sorry Tyler)
Tyler Gaudet will be back with the Marlies next season…

News: We’ve signed forward Tyler Gaudet to a one-year AHL contract. #ForeverStartsHere
Details >> https://t.co/n3KeNpk072 pic.twitter.com/b7sNg2iKuC
— Toronto Marlies (@TorontoMarlies) October 16, 2020

Gaudet had previously been on a SPC with the Leafs, but while he’ll be returning to his role on the Marlies, he’ll be ineligible for callups to the Leafs.
Gaudet has a long history with Sheldon Keefe and Kyle Dubas, having played for Keefe in Pembroke, Soo, and on the Marlies, and of course with Kyle in the last two locations. He was a surprise addition to the Leafs return to play training camp over the summer, largely because of his strong defensive zone play that Keefe and Dubas wanted to the Leafs regulars to line up against.
While the 2021 season won’t see Gaudet in a Leafs uniform, I’m not sure we’ll see the door close on a future NHL contract with the club, given the fondness for him from both the head coach and GM. He’ll certainly …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

What to expect from Mitch Marner this summer

Editor’s note: Today we are kicking off our new series taking a look at the current state of the Leafs roster and each player’s season so far. Based on what we’ve seen we’re trying to put together or best guess at how they’ll fare in the play-in against Columbus and if we’re lucky, the playoffs beyond that. We’re kicking off this morning with the always interesting Mitch Marner.
It’s hard to believe that we’re almost a year removed from the Mitch Marner contract debacle. Something that I’m most of us would happily never wish to go through again, and with a few years of having Marner, Matthews, Nylander, and Tavares locked into their deals, we can relax. Except there still might be some lingering buyers remorse on $40M worth of contracts for four players in a salary cap world that won’t see those numbers budge for the next few season. At least they are all good players.
Mitch’s regular season ride was a wild one. His 1.13 point per game pace was nearly identical to his 1.14 point …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

News and Notes: Mid-season standings update, Justin Holl’s new contract, Ilya Mikheyev, and more

The Leafs ended the 2010s on a positive note, beating the Minnesota Wild by a score of 4-1 on New Year’s Eve. Sheldon Keefe’s team will head into the 2020s sitting in second place in the Atlantic Division with the surging Tampa Bay Lightning right behind them.

After three months of play, the Atlantic is finally looking normal. The Boston Bruins sit at the top of the pack with a healthy lead in the standings while the Leafs and Lightning, the two other teams who were expected to form the division’s Big Three, are in second and third respectively. While the Panthers, and, to a lesser extent, the Sabres and Habs, are in the mix, it seems like the second half of the season will be a fight between Toronto and Tampa for home-ice advantage in the playoffs.
Tampa is three points back but they have three games in hand on the Leafs. The teams will also play each other three more times before the end of the season. Despite a slower-than-expected start, the Lightning are looking more like last year’s Presidents’ Trophy winners as of late, as they’re …

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Author: Cam Lewis / The Leafs Nation

Lord help me, I’m back on my backup goaltender BS

Please note that I wrote this prior to the Leafs imploding in front of Andersen against the Flyers, so you can pretty much take every point, double underline them and put them in bold. Maybe add some blingee glitter to it, and animated emojis too. The Leafs need some help.

Kyle Dubas on #Leafs potentially pursuing trade for a new back-up goalie: “What I would really like more than anything is for us to put together a good game in front of Michael here in the coming stretch. We need to give him an opportunity as well.”
— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) December 2, 2019
This doesn’t seem like a GM who is actively looking for a new backup goaltender. Or at least it looks like a GM who isn’t overly thrilled that 30 other GMs are quite content to gouge him on any potential deal for one. So perhaps it’s better to quietly accept what we cannot change, acknowledge that Kyle Dubas is very well aware of the problem, and accept that he’s done the analysis on what poor goaltending is costing the Leafs compared to what addressing it would cost the team.

I’m going to make a …

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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 pic.twitter.com/utkXRRwrNM
— 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

Hot Takes From the Farm: Week Five

Starting off this week, I note that the full season teams are about 1/4 of the way through their season, and that several players on the pre-season prospect have graduated so it seems like a good time to do our first revision to that list. Again, this particular list is my own personal judgement, driven by publicly available information but not reflective of any one specific evaluator.  Some of these players held position or even climbed a notch or two without the performance you might expect to account for such a result simply because so many players have graduated from prospect status this year. Since the pre-season prospects lists were all published, fully six Blue jays players have lost their eligibility for prospect status. Trent Thornton and Elvis Luciano just this last Saturday as the season is now 45 days old. Here’s my revised list.

Vlad Guerrero, Jr
TJ Zeuch
Josh Winckowski
Jacob Waguespack
Bo Bichette
Chavez Young
Justin Maese
Andrew Sopko
Nate Pearson
Griffin Conine
Leanardo Jiminez
DJ Neal
Jordan Groshans
Riley Adams
Jon Davis
Zach Jackson
Eric Pardinho
Alejandro Kirk
Joey …

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Author: Tammy Rainey / Blue Jays Nation