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DETROIT – Randy Carlyle needed very few words to get his message across. [url=http://
03.11.2017, 06:17
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DETROIT – Randy Carlyle needed very few words to get his message across. [url=http://
DETROIT – Randy Carlyle needed very few words to get his message across. Ryan Anderson Jersey . The Leafs head coach was asked directly if Jake Gardiner was back to resembling the player who performed so prominently in the playoffs. He responded firmly in the negative. "No," he said, before repeating himself with some emphasis. "No, hes not." Gardiner is looking to right himself after a generally lost 2013 regular season, one that saw him re-emerge with five points in six games during a thrilling opening round series with Boston. And yet, with training camp nearly at its end and the regular season opener in Montreal drawing near, its clear he has yet to make a positive impression. "We havent got too many more days [left]," Carlyle sniped. Though his hold on a job in the Leafs top-6 would seem secure at the outset of the regular season, Gardiner does face internal competition for opportunity, notably in 19-year-old Morgan Rielly, who could fill a similar role, in theory, to his more experienced 23-year-old counterpart. "Feeling pretty good," said Gardiner of his training camp performance, unaware of his Carlyles assessment. "I think Ive been limiting my turnovers and trying to still play offensive and join the play as much as I can." Gardiners presence at an optimal level is vastly important to the structure of the Toronto defence, one that had its share of instabilities last season. With no major upgrades to the back-end in the offseason – save for added stability from Paul Ranger – and some uncertainty as to expectations for Cody Franson, Mark Fraser and the aforementioned Ranger, it was thought that Gardiner could be the difference-maker. Stunted by the after-effects of a December concussion last year, Gardiner got off on the wrong foot with Carlyle in 2013. His performance was generally off the mark in trips between the Leafs, Marlies and press-box. Previously lacking the assertiveness defensively that his coach required, the former Ducks prospect re-emerged in the playoffs, once again resembling the confident, aggressive asset that gave the organization so much optimism during a banner rookie season under Ron Wilson. Of his playoff play, Gardiner explained that he was, "still skating a lot, still being offensive, but at the same time responsible defensively. I wasnt a liability at all. Thats what Im going to try to do this year." So far, at least according to Carlyle, that hasnt happened. Early in the first period at Joe Louis Arena on Friday evening, Gardiner was unable to push the heftier Todd Bertuzzi off the puck in the defensive zone and moments later it was in the back of the net, redirected from the point past Jonathan Bernier. It was the first of two goals against that Gardiner was on the ice for, the Minnesota native also adding two assists in 18 minutes. Displeased with what he has seen so far, Carlyle could just be looking to rattle the cage of his promising young defender, an early attempt to prevent complacency before the puck drops at the Bell Centre on October 1. Whatever the motive, Gardiner had better take notice. Five Points 1. Final exhibition for Bernier Jonathan Bernier yielded five goals on 37 shots in what figures to be his final exhibition start. Friday proved his first full start of the preseason, the 25-year-old compiling an .891 save percentage in four games. "In my game Ive got to be patient and I felt like tonight I made some stand-up saves which for me its the way I play," said Bernier of the effort. "I was seeing the puck a lot better than the past few games so its just got to get better." Bernier was still smarting afterward about the fifth and final Detroit goal, one that snuck five-hole off the tape of Johan Franzen. "For me, that fifth one, thats just a basic save," he said. "Thats definitely a save that Ive got to have." Randy Carlyle has yet to make clear whether Bernier or his counterpart, James Reimer, will start in the regular season opener against Montreal, but did note that both goaltenders would play in the back-to-back set that also includes a Wednesday date in Philadelphia. 2. Franson debut After he and the Leafs finally agreed to a one-year deal on Thursday, Cody Franson stepped into his first exhibition tilt against the Red Wings. "I felt pretty good all in all," said Franson, who logged 21 minutes alongside Gardiner. "Theyre a quick and skilled team so coming in against that you have to be sure of what youre doing and make sure youre in a good position." Franson spent most of the exhibition schedule training with the Ryerson Rams and thus was expected to suit up in both remaining exhibition games, including the finale on Saturday with Detroit visiting Toronto. "Just get my confidence up and get used to the pace of the game and the skill-set and your reads," he said of getting on track before the season officially opened. 3. Red Wings Now an Atlantic division rival, the Red Wings sure made an impression in their first meeting with the Leafs, controlling Fridays affair from the second period onward. With Daniel Alfredsson and Stephen Weiss added to a group that already features the likes of Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk, skill and puck possession was not in short supply. "Its like the Swedish national team over there," Franson chimed of the Wings, the pace furious throughout the Wings 5-2 win. "They hold onto the puck, they move it around really well, they pick their spots to dump it in well, and theyre effective in what they do." 4. Barometer? Icing nearly a full lineup opposite an equally full Wings group – the Leafs were notably short the suspended Phil Kessel – Carlyle conceded that Fridays game was viewed as a barometer to "some degree", the results not particularly appealing. "Were trying to do some evaluations," he said. "We had some kids in the lineup. Thats what exhibition games are for." Of particular concern for the Leafs coach was the effort defensively and in particular the three power-play goals Detroit scored. "Some of the goals that we allowed them to score were in the critical areas," he stated. "We didnt have stiff enough protection in those areas." The Leafs had the second-ranked penalty kill last season, but were ineffective at even-strength defensively, yielding the fourth-most goals league-wide. Considering the weak performance in such areas against the Wings on Friday with a group of mostly regulars – including the projected top-6 on defence – Carlyle had reason to be concerned. 5. Waiting game for Ashton Carter Ashton dressed alongside Colton Orr and Jay McClement against Detroit, the 22-year-old looking to secure his first full-time job in the NHL. With energy and a physical presence, Ashton made himself noticeable at times throughout the preseason, but whether itll be enough to claim a roster spot remains unclear. "Mentally you have to realize that there are decisions to be made," said the Lightning draft pick. "To ease your mind you just have to do everything you can in your power so you obviously dont second-guess yourself." With an injury sidelining Frazer McLaren at the outset of the season, a roster spot (perhaps two) would appear to be open in the Leafs bottom-6, one that Ashton looks primed to snatch. "Training camps a stressful time," he said. "You have to come in and prove yourself every day." Up Next The Leafs host the Red Wings in their final exhibition game on Saturday. Jamison Crowder Jersey .2 million in 2012, according to tax returns the league has submitted. DeAngelo Hall Jersey . JOHNS, N. . They probably ruined Tim Duncans hopes of a career change, though. Duncan wants to be a point guard, coach Gregg Popovich revealed Saturday, a wish that wont be granted.MONTREAL -- New Buffalo Sabres signing Sam Reinhart wants to focus on nothing else but making Canadas national junior hockey team. The 18-year-old Reinhart is taking part in Canadas one-week development camp being held just outside Montreal. The squad is preparing for the 2015 world junior championship, which gets underway Dec. 26 in Toronto and Montreal. Reinhart joins 38 other young Canadians vying for a spot on head coach Benoit Groulxs final 22-man roster. "Im here this week trying to give myself the best opportunity to make the team," said Reinhart, who scored in Canadas 6-2 victory over the Czech Republic on Tuesday. The game was the first of four exhibition matches involving the Russian and Czech national junior teams. "Its gone well so far," added Reinhart. "Its always tough for a lot of the guys coming in during the summer. After the first two practices, things have really started picking up. There are always going to be a few more mistakes now than when December comes, but were aware of that, and were battling through that." Reinhart has hockey coursing through his veins. His father Paul played 11 National Hockey League seasons with the Atlanta/Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks in the 1970s and 80s. Sams brother Max was drafted by Calgary in 2010, and his brother Griffin was chosen fourth overall by the New York Islanders in 2012. Sam Reinhart did one better, as he was drafted second overall by the Sabres in this years draft. Three weeks ago, Reinhart signed a three-year entry-level contract with Buffalo. The North Vancouver, B.C., native is captain of the Kootenay Ice in the Western Hockey League, where he has scored 101 goals in 203 games. Last season, he was named the WHLs Player of the Year. The six-foot-one centre also captained Canada to a gold medal at the U18 junior world cup in 2012, and again at the U18 IIHF world championship in 2013. At the 2014 world junior championship in Malmo, Sweden, Reinhart scored two goals and had three assists in seven games. Canada ultimately lost 2-1 to Russia in the bronze medal game and finished fourth at the tournament for the second year in a row. If Reinhart plays in the upcoming tournament, which culminates with the gold medal game in Toronto on Jan. 5, Buffalos top prospect says this year is all about redemption. "A lot of the guys who were there feel it," said Reinhart of Canadas tough loss to the Russians. "Its not an easy tournament to win by any means. We felt we were getting better each day throughout that tournament, and it was one slip-up that cost us. Dexter Manley Jersey. We know how fast it can all be taken away, and you cant take that for granted." If Buffalo decides the junior championship is not beneficial to Reinharts development -- or if the forward is already playing for the Sabres at that point -- there wont be any individual redemption for Reinhart after last years fourth-place finish. "Its not really on my mind right now," he said. "Im just trying not to think about it too much. When I have the opportunity to make my name in Buffalo, Ill be focused there as well." Its at each teams discretion whether they want their signings to play the tournament. Hockey Canada will have no choice but to accept the Sabres decision. "Sometimes, when you look at your line-up and you have guys like Reinhart, you realize how good they are when youre on the ice with them," said Groulx. "We want them to be in the show, but in a selfish way, youd like to have them with you at Christmas time." Canada is suffering through a five-year gold medal drought at the tournament after winning five consecutive years between 2005 and 2009. The teams last medal, a bronze, came in 2012. After three exhibition games in mid-December, Canada opens the 11-day tournament with a group game against Slovakia in Montreal. Canada will play its four round-robin matches at Montreals Bell Centre. The Canadians are in Group A with the United States, Finland, Slovakia and Germany. Toronto will welcome teams from Group B, which includes Russia, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Sweden, and Switzerland. Groulx knows that Reinharts potential absence will leave a big gap on the team, and will dull Canadas offence. "Sam Reinhart is the kind of player that, when everything is disorganized on the ice, when he touches the puck, everything gets organized again," said Groulx. "Thats a sign that he knows what hes doing, its a sign of maturity, its a sign of a very good hockey player. "Sam is doing everything right. Hes a great young man who loves the game." Notes: Team Canadas second exhibition match is Wednesday versus the Russians in Sherbrooke, Que. à Defenceman Aaron Ekblad, who suffered a concussion in Tuesdays game, did not skate with his team on Wednesday. The Florida Panthers prospect will miss the remainder of the national junior development camp. à With 15 gold medals, Canada is the most successful country in the competitions 38-year history. à Finland won last years tournament, beating Sweden in the final game. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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