Kadri speeds back

Ron Wilson has been caught off-guard by Nazem Kadri’s speed.

His recovery speed, that is.

“The little bastard is back faster than I was led to believe,” Wilson said lightheartedly after watching Kadri work out with the team on Monday.

“We’ll have to work something out.”

Wilson would not confirm if Kadri was ticketed to the Marlies because he had not talked to the young forward about the organization’s plans for him.

But that seems to be the logical destination for Kadri, who will have plenty of opportunity to shed some rust down on the farm after injuring his knee in late September.

Kadri originally was slated to be out of action for 3-4 weeks but is back on the ice in under two. The former London Knight skated on his own at the MasterCard Centre on Friday, then felt good enough to take part in a full practice with his teammates on Monday.

With hundreds of fans looking on, Kadri took Clarke MacArthur’s spot on a line with Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin. MacArthur, who is eligible to return after a two-game suspension, sat out Monday’s practice with an infected elbow but is expected to return to the ice on Tuesday.

Bozak centres on present

Tyler Bozak isn’t about to make a guess as to when centre Tim Connolly will return to the Maple Leafs lineup.

He’s just enjoying the ride while it lasts.


27 Responses to Kadri speeds back

  1. TheLeafNation91 says:

    I don't mind sending Kadri to the minors for a bit as Frattin is a more mature presence in the lineup. He is also more of a role player which Kadri would be currently inserted. Give him more time to play top minutes and grow with Colborne I say.

    Real question is…Who should get demoted. I will say Bozak…Or maybe Rosehill, either way TO has depth which is great to have. They are 2-0 without having some of their best players.


    Wow…I acctually have no idea on what to do. This is rough.

  2. thisgamewelose says:

    Adding Steckel, and Lombardi healthy, has and really made Bozak expendable, even with Connolly being a question mark.

  3. glotz_99 says:

    bozak has played too many games in the NHL and would have to clear waivers to be sent down. He would defintly get picked up on re-entry waivers so you would be basically just dumping him for nothing but cap space. Frattin can play something like 5 more games before he can get sent down without having to clear waivers and Rosehill could be sent down and recalled and I doubt anybody would claim him.

  4. hockey_lover says:

    This isnt meant to be a dig at all so no one get all sensitive but ..

    Isnt it crazy how things change in a year? Last season, Bozak was the teams #1 center and there were so many lofty expectations of him because of the way he ended the year before last.

    Now? He is a candidate for demotion to the minors.

    Its crazy how much things can change in a year.

  5. TheLeafNation91 says:

    I wonder what Phoenix want for him…Or some desperate offensive team like Winterpeg

  6. dumbassdoorman says:

    he might actually be a good fit in Dallas. They need to get over the cap floor and might give up a half assed return for a young guy?

  7. mojo19 says:

    I definitely wouldn't say he's a candidate to be sent down. He's looked way better this year then he did last year. He's faster than ever before and he's making really great passes.

    But I get your overall point. And ya, never been a huge Bozak fan, but he's definitely an NHL'er. He did score 15 goals last year, so its not like he's a complete bust. If his defensive game comes around he could be a really solid 3rd liner, even a borderline 2nd liner.

    And yes, he was never going to succeed as a 1st line center.

  8. mojo19 says:

    Rosehill could be claimed, McGratton just was today so you never know, but ya he'd likely clear.

    To me its Frattin who gets sent down. He's played really well, but he hasn't done anything outstanding, nothing to make him stand out, and if this were last year or the year before when the team was a lot thinner he would have a spot, but we actuall are deep enough to send a quality 23 year old, who is NHL ready back down to the Marlies. Good for us.

  9. mojo19 says:

    Frattin and Kadri could both go down for all I care. Connolly will be back soon (…right?) And we'll have this –

    MacArthur – Grabovski – Kulemin
    Lupul – Connolly – Kessel
    Dupuis/Bozak – Steckel – Armstrong
    Brown – Lombardi – Orr/Rosehill

    There's 14 strong as far as I'm concerned. With Connolly out, Bozak is versitile to move up to the 2nd line, or play as a 3rd line role player. Dupuis, Rosehill, Orr can all rotate in and out of the line up and in the bottom 6 roles.

  10. mojo19 says:

    Bozak for Glennie

  11. dumbassdoorman says:

    I would do that in a heartbeat, but not sure Dallas would lol

  12. reinjosh says:

    Loading them with top line pro experience won't hurt I guess. Plus it keeps us flexible with a trade as they can both get down without waivers. 

    Frattin gets called up if a trade happens, and Kadri gets top line time if Connolly goes down.
  13. hockey_lover says:

    There were many on these boards who thought he WAS going to succeed at the 1st line center.  Just saying.

    I thought he was a lock for 2nd line center. He definitely showed skill and talent and all that good stuff. He totally isnt a bust in my eyes.

    For the record .. I was saying that I think he should get demoted. I was just referencing what another poster here said in this thread.

  14. alpalstewart says:

    Taylor Chorney was placed on waivers by the Oilers yesterday and plucked by  St.louis today, i wonder if the Oilers have a good lock on a decent trade that makes a team in need of a defencemen lose one to waivers. i knew he'd be plucked by some team.

  15. supermapleleafs says:

    could be a trade on the way?

  16. alpalstewart says:

    this was written by Richard Cloutier. THE OILERS are not willing to part with MPS. its Omark and Gagner that are on the block. 

    Teams the Oilers are talking to include the Toronto Maple Leafs (Franson), Ottawa Senators (one of Rundblad or Cowen), Winnipeg Jets (Bogosian), Phoenix (Klesla or OEL) and Carolina (McBain). I wouldn't be surprised if the LA Kings and Voynov become part of the discussion as well.
  17. dumbassdoorman says:

    Unfortuneately the Oilers are not get most of those players with what they are offering. Not saying Franson is worth more, just not the type of players Burke is looking for IMO. Klesla maybe but, I don't see Phx trading him for some reason.

  18. reinjosh says:

    Well for at least one game, it will be pretty easy to figure stuff out. Apparently Connolly isn't expected to start, so Kadri should get some top line time then. Frattin will fit somewhere I guess. 

  19. reinjosh says:

    And I think its going to come to just sending Gardiner down. He doesn't look terrible but I just think he's going to be better off getting top pairing time for the Marlies. Plus it clears up the depth problem a little for us. 

  20. reinjosh says:

    I like this idea to go after Brendan Morrow. He can score, he can hit and he would be a great top line presence to have for Kessel. The only issue would be chemistry I guess but that's not something we can really quantify. 

    The issue I think is a cap one though. The Stars need to keep his cap hit. They need more salary coming back.
    So what can we give up? What are you comfortable giving up?
    I would think one of Lupul or MacArthur for sure. A high pick. The Stars would probably want our first, Burke would probably push for a 2nd. A high value prospect? Maybe Colborne? 
  21. dumbassdoorman says:

    I think that is probably the move that comes as well. He can go up and down without clearing and logging big minutes being the go to guy, can't hurt right? Plus Eakins is a helluva a coach.

  22. dumbassdoorman says:

    At Morrows age i would not give all that up. I think he is a great leader and a warrior, however he is on the downside of his carreer at almost 33.

  23. mojo19 says:

    Brendan Morrow would have chemistry with anyone. He's like Kulemin that way, because he's a great defensive player who is going to be causing a lot of turnovers on the other team, winning battles, getting the puck back and getting his team back on offense all the time. He's a beast.

    I wonder if you could get him for a prospect like Kadri + a 2nd and maybe one of our excess D-men (Gunnarsson or Aulie?). I know its a lot to give up for a 32 year old, and maybe it would be a short sited move to add a guy in his prime now for younger assets.

    But anyways, if Morrow is going anywhere it won't be at least until Nov/Dec if Dallas is struggling, and at that point Burke can asses where the Leafs are at and determine if it makes sense to add a star veteran player.

  24. dumbassdoorman says:

    I agree with all you said of Morrow as a player, though I think he is just exiting his prime not in it still. Effective and a warrior for sure he is. I guess, I just see how greatly this team has cost itself is previous years, trading youth for aging vets. It makes me more than a little nervous thinking that the same mistakes could be made again.

  25. mojo19 says:

    I'm with you. If ever a trade is gonna happen for an aging star like Morrow, or maybe Shane Doan (final yr of his contract, in rumors etc.) Then Burke will have to be very careful on which players he gives up to acquire the veteran.

    You think back to mistakes like JFJ dealing Rask as a bandaid move for Raycroft, because he was just waiting on the goalie of the future: Justin Pogge… oops. But, imagine he'd traded Pogge for Raycroft, who still got a lot of wins this year, and then instead of Aubin backing him up we had an up and coming Rask who ended up taking a few starts by the end and took over as our starter the following year. Wouldn't have been a bad trade at all. It was a simple switch and the trade probably could have gone through either way (Pogge or Rask). So if Burke can do a great job at predicting what his prospects are, and who are the real blue chippers, he could pull off a good trade for a vet.

  26. senators_choke says:

    I would love for the leafs to get him.

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