James van Riemsdyk couldn’t assist however chuckle.
How does the Maple Leafs winger really feel about being known as an ‘personal rental,’ the time period getting used for groups maintaining their potential unrestricted free brokers quite than commerce them?
“The phrases are simply…that’s loopy,” van Riemsdyk mentioned. “It’s humorous, we want phrases for stuff like that now. I don’t know. I don’t learn an excessive amount of into that.”
With lower than two weeks till the Feb. 26 commerce deadline within the Nationwide Hockey League, hypothesis continues to warmth up that the Leafs gained’t do something drastic in the way in which of participant strikes.
Whereas it’s true that normal supervisor Lou Lamoriello is able to making a commerce that nobody sees coming (assume Dion Phaneuf to Ottawa), we concur with what one NHL scout mentioned to us on Monday night time because the Leafs squared off with the Tampa Bay Lightning on the Air Canada Centre.
“The Leafs are a superb younger crew and they’re at some extent within the curve that they don’t have to do something,” the scout mentioned.
Contemplate that with 73 factors following a Four-Three victory towards Tampa, the Leafs are inside six factors of the Lightning, which is in first place total. There’s zero purpose for Lamoriello to commerce one in all his prime younger gamers, until the piece coming again is a bona fide No. 1 defenceman.
In different phrases, it’s extremely uncertain that it’s going to occur at this level.
The idea is that Lamoriello is making an attempt so as to add depth to the blue line and/or at centre. It’s one purpose why at least 20 groups had been represented on the listing of scouts in attendance on Monday night time (together with the Winnipeg Jets, the lone crew with two scouts).
As for New York Rangers ahead Rick Nash, his agent, Joe Resnick, wouldn’t touch upon a TSN report that the Leafs are one of many 12 groups on Nash’s commerce listing. It might be moot — how a participant in decline similar to Nash may assist the Leafs to a big extent is just not clear. And there’s no approach Lamoriello ought to, or would, quit any impactful participant for the Brampton-born Nash, who turns 34 in June.
FROM THE HASH MARKS
As a crowd of 19,112 watched, Auston Matthews was a younger man possessed, whether or not it was stripping Steven Stamkos of the puck within the Leafs finish to ship Zach Hyman again the opposite approach for a scoring likelihood, beating Stamkos on a face-off to start out the sequence on the Leafs’ first objective or recording three assists for the primary time since Feb. 21, 2017 towards Winnipeg. To assume Matthews is a mere 20 years previous. There seemingly is not any restrict to what he’ll be capable of accomplish within the NHL when he’s in his peak years…Frederik Andersen saved Morgan Rielly’s bacon within the first interval, denying Tyler Johnson on a breakaway after the fast Lightning ahead burst previous Rielly on the Tampa blue line throughout a Leafs energy play…William Nylander scored two objectives for the second time in 4 video games, however fell shy of his first hat trick since Feb. Four, 2017 when he had three in a sport in Boston…The Leafs’ Three-Zero lead formally evaporated when Alex Killorn and Yanni Gourde scored 20 seconds aside early within the third interval to tie the sport Three-Three. How did the Leafs reply? They didn’t wilt, as an alternative storming the Lightning and had been rewarded when van Riemsdyk scored at Four:37…A scout on whether or not his crew can be involved in buying Josh Leivo: “How may we be? We haven’t seen him play in a 12 months.” Leivo, who might or might not have requested for a commerce, has performed in 12 video games this season…Patrick Marleau performed in his 1,551st NHL sport, shifting into sole possession of 13th on the NHL profession listing. Marleau subsequent will cross Jarome Iginla, who performed in 1,554 video games, and Nicklas Lidstrom, who performed in 1,564 video games.
Rielly, who has performed in 5 video games since returning to the lineup, confirmed that it was an harm to his left elbow that saved him out of six video games. “This can be a studying curve for me,” Rielly mentioned. “It’s exhausting to get your fingers again. It’s not (getting the) wind (again), it’s not the mind, it’s extra simply the rhythm and the tempo of the sport.” …Rielly was damage on Jan. 18 when he fell to the ice with Philadelphia Flyers ahead Jakub Voracek. Did Rielly want warmth and chilly to recuperate from the harm? “If I comply with that, the coaching employees can be mad at me as a result of there may be extra to it,” Rielly mentioned. “We did a whole lot of work, so much within the gymnasium, a whole lot of stuff within the remedy room, there may be like lasers (for the therapeutic course of). A very powerful factor was relaxation, being cautious with it, icing it, and doing the mandatory steps within the gymnasium.” …Stated Stamkos after we requested him about watching the Winter Olympics from afar, with no NHL participation (together with his personal): “From Day 1, it has been extraordinarily disappointing, to say the least. Probably the most civil approach … that’s how guys have been answering it. It’s going to be powerful to look at figuring out some guys, selfishly myself included, by no means acquired an opportunity to go there…To have that taken away is fairly powerful.”