Connoly looks ready to go tonight

Nothing like a Broadway debut to elevate the excitement of a mid-week hockey game.

For the opening act at Madison Square Garden Thursday night, we have the Rangers playing their first home contest of the season at the renovated and self-proclaimed “most famous arena on earth.”

Also under the lights will be the Big Apple opening for Brad Richards, the marquee acquisition of this summer’s free agency sweeps but a player who has struggled at times early in his Rangers tenure.

And not to be outdone, the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs will trot out the long-awaited start of centre Tim Connolly, the consolation prize for not landing Richards.

It’s quite an environment for Connolly to begin his career as a Leaf, the first meeting of the season between two teams that it wouldn’t be a stretch to see locked in a battle for an Eastern Conference playoff spot months from now.

While coach Ron Wilson wouldn’t make it official, Connolly skated a full 90-minute practice at the Garden Thursday afternoon between wingers Joffrey Lupul and Phil Kessel and is anxious to begin the work he was brought here to do.

“They are really clicking right now and playing extremely well together,” Connolly said of Kessel and Lupul. “I’m just going to try to stay out of their way. Get them the puck as much as possible and just try do all the little things right.

37 Responses to Connoly looks ready to go tonight

  1. 93killer93 says:

    According to Gustavsson Reimer has a concussion.

    So…Signing Marty Turco sounds great around now.  
  2. leafmeister says:

    Its always gotta be something. But yeah, bad move by old Burke in not getting a back-up. Even if he still has faith that Gustovsson; he hasnt earned the right to be a legit back-up. This could cost us what looked like it could have been a fun season.

    Burke has done a good job so far, but that is terrible management. Just awful. What would have been wrong with going out and signing Ty Conklin?

  3. dumbassdoorman says:

    I hate that i don't have a good feeling about tonights game. I can just imagine losing 5-4 and hearing/reading about how it wasn't Gus' fault……lol….or is it just me?

  4. blaze says:

    Reimer is going to be fine. There is still potential back ups available, not to mention how easy it would be to trade for a servicable tender with the depth we have in every position.

    All this without even mentioning that Scrivens is chomping at the bit for a shot with the big club. And Rynnas, and that top prospect they signed out of Sweden who isn't even get time on the Marlies.

    Hmmmm terrible management indeed.

  5. mojo19 says:

    Mark my words. The Leafs will win tonight by a score of 3-1.

    Take it to the bank.

  6. dumbassdoorman says:

    lol….ok, but will they cash it?

  7. leafmeister says:

    We are still unprepared. An experienced back-up should have been a no-brainer considering Reimer's lack of experience. Scrivins and Rynnas are entirely unproven, and while they look good for the future, my post was focused on what we are to do now. Which apparently, is rely on Gustovsson, who is not the goalie of a playoff team.

  8. reinjosh says:

    Why the hell is Kadri beings sent down…I'm starting to think Wilson just doesn't like the kid. 

    At least Eakins knows what to do with him. 
  9. dumbassdoorman says:

    He is being sent down to get quality ice time and work on his all around game. Good play maker but still prone to defensive lapses and turnovers. Working with Eakins will do him good, as it did last year

  10. dumbassdoorman says:

    agreed this is why i called for the signing of conklin before free agency

  11. blaze says:

    Well whats the point of having a plethora of goalie prospects looking for ice time if you have Conklin taking it away. If it becomes an issue, which it hasn't yet, Burke will acquire a back-up. Not a big deal.

  12. reinjosh says:

    I don't know, I flip flop back and forth on this. I was full with you on Saturday after the Montreal game but Gustavsson played pretty damn well against the Flyers.

    At the end of the day, I figure management knows what its doing. Burke has a history of bringing along star goalies (Hiller, Bryzgalov) and Allaire is considered a top goalie coach in the league for a reason. 
  13. blaze says:

    It was him or Frattin and Frattin has earned his spot ahead of Kadri.

  14. LeafsFTW17 says:

    I think you're wrong there.  Kadri has shown to be better then Frattin and has made a bigger impact in the games he has played.  Yes kadri may be knocked down easily but he can also through around the body well for being a smaller guy.  I think this is a mistake but it isn't that big of a deal, Frattin will be good enough and Kadri and Colbourne can gain chemistry.

  15. 93killer93 says:

    U psychic bastard…what are the winning lottery numbers?

  16. 93killer93 says:

    I spoke too soon. 

  17. Steven_Leafs says:

    that doesn't make much sense. Gustavsson is a solid backup. If the problem was to sign someone in case Reimer gets hurt, then Conklin is not really a better starter, in fact all signing Conklin would have done if either force us to waive Gustavsson or have Conklin take valuable AHL games away from Scrivins, slowing his development. Gustavsson is doing fine, he is not ready to be a starter but we don't need him to be, we only need him to win a couple games while Reimer is gone.

  18. Steven_Leafs says:

    close enough, even if there were psychics, no way they could predict Brown scoring on a great snipe. LOL

  19. Steven_Leafs says:

    fact is, Kadri has not been playing well enough, at least not at the level we need him for. The reason why we are playing Frattin over Kadri is that Frattin is playing at his expected level (at least for a 1st year player) Kadri is not. The Leafs gain more from having Kadri in the AHL; he gains more experience and improves his game, and the Leafs get the same amount of skill level and production out of Frattin.


  20. MystifoLeafs says:

    Ronnie does not want to split up MacArthur and USSR line. So instead of Kadri playing 3rd line minutes he can play top line with Joe Colbourne which could be good for Kadri in the long run. I honestly would of rather of had Frattin and Kadri down on the wing of Colbourne but in any case this could be great for Kadri.

  21. blaze says:

    Guess ya missed the whole defensive play thread earlier. No worries. But seriously have you not watched Frattin play, that kid is solid on his skates.

    Kadri is trying to play physical so props there it will come as he puts on more size. As for Frattin he's throwing solid hits and even better he's running over defenders who are trying to hit him.

  22. LeafFansAreGay says:

    The laffs are nothing special when they play the Beasts of the East.

  23. LeafFansAreGay says:

    It was a lucky win. Their just lucky the rangers suck. This win doesn't mean nothing.

  24. NonLeafFansAreGay says:

    HAHAHAHAHAH beasts of the east AKA last place team in the east HAHAHAHA

  25. LeafFansAreGay says:

    So why, it's October. Only children are excited in October.

    Experienced hockey minds know the Bruins are the team to beat. The Laffs are the team to destroy. Big difference.

    I can't wait till the next Bruins-Laffs game. It's gonna get ugly.

  26. reinjosh says:

    I missed it before posting it. Saw it now. 

  27. reinjosh says:

    I suppose i was a little bullheaded on Kadri. Better to let him light up the AHL with Colborne and develop his defensive game than to just get third line time. 

    MacArthur needs to be dropped to the third. Let Frattin play with the USSR line. From what I've seen so far and from what I've heard from the games I didn't see, MacA has just not bee good. Send him a message Ron.
    Gustavsson might be getting his confidence back? Nice win.
    Colborne is ripping up the AHL and looking like he could be Burke's second version of Getzlaf for another team of his. He's leading the AHL in points (tied with Crabb) and hasn't even taken a penalty yet. Kid is just killing it. 
  28. dumbassdoorman says:

    I think that Kadri developing with Eakins is better then him developing with Wilson. i don't think he gets an extention unless the leafs go far and I mean far. The PP and PK are still just brutal. So let him play important minutes for a coach who wants to teach him instead of one who is trying to save his job!!

  29. reinjosh says:

    Your probably right and were all along. And Dreger seems to think Eakins is the next in line for the Leafs coaching job so that would make sense. 

  30. dumbassdoorman says:

    I sure hope he is, I think Eakins is a great teacher and should get his shot.  Especially if a lot of our future pieces believe in him and his system. To be clear though it isn't that i think Kadri can't play in the NHL, I just dont think that 12-14 mins a night is good for him. Hopefully in the AHL he also learns to ber a leader and clutch type player. 

    On a side note from what i read do you not get to watch a lot of leaf games or am I off base here? Just curious.

  31. reinjosh says:

    Well I'm a student right so I don't have cable or anything, so I can watch Saturday games (which I always do) and when I have time stream weekday games. So of the 9 games so far I've watched about 5. It's annoying sometimes but its part of life. 

  32. dumbassdoorman says:

    lol…ya my buddy just told me about a site for streaming, figured u would know of one but figured if you didn't i would share……it is not often old guys get to feel clever

  33. reinjosh says:

    Haha well I'm always looking for sites, sometimes ones shutdown and others don't work, so do tell.

    And Old guys have wisdom haha. 
  34. dumbassdoorman says:

    The site my buddy told me to use and for my dad to use, as the lucky prick spends most of the winter in Fla. is they cover what looks like to be about everything.

  35. reinjosh says:

    Nice! Thanks man, I shall use that. 

  36. mojo19 says:

    haha, damn, it was 3-1 so late in the game…. Close but no guitar

  37. NonLeafFansAreGay says:

    3-7-0 hahahaha get used to the bottom of the conference 

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