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The Maple Leafs head coach would say

in Tomahawk 06.03.2019 06:43
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TORONTO a€“ Randy Carlyle preferred to keep his thoughts on 21-year-old winger Josh Leivo to a minimum in this particular instance. I temper all of my enthusiasm, Carlyle said, because this place gets a little crazy if the coach says this or the coach says that. The Maple Leafs head coach would say that Leivo, who had three points in an exhibition win over Buffalo on Friday, has been noticeable through the first 10 days of training camp, adding that hes one young guy thats made an impression. Dave Nonis, Torontos GM, declared on the opening day of camp that there was no reason that a player should have his spot on the team determined by a one-way contract or the size of his salary. Will the organization follow through on that pronouncement if the likes of Leivo, Stuart Percy, Brandon Kozun, Sam Carrick and perhaps Petter Granberg, continue to perform and maybe even outperform their more senior counterparts? Right from the first day theres been an understanding that there [are] jobs here for the taking, Carlyle said Friday, because we have taken on the mantra [that] what we were doing wasnt going to be good enough. And if youre not prepared to step out of your comfort zone and change some of those things that we were prepared to change you. Were not afraid to put people into situations if we believe that theyve earned it. Thats a fair way to deal with people. Leivo potted a goal and offered a couple assists in tandem with Tyler Bozak and Joffrey Lupul against the Sabres, this after a standout rookie season that saw him score 23 goals in 59 AHL games. A return trip to the Marlies was the likeliest scenario at the outset of camp, but thats shifted with his preseason performance so far. He did a lot of good things, Carlyle said, noting his strength in the corners and along the walls. And if he can continue to do that then hes going to make our decisions that much more difficult. But would they keep him ahead of someone on a one-way contract, someone with more experience, someone with more career goals or points? Does the preseason performance of a youngster outweigh the track record of a vet? The challenging balance, it seems, is measuring that veterans performance in a brief camp versus his accomplishments over a number of years. How much, for instance, does David Booth, a veteran of 443 games but one who struggled through a disappointing Vancouver stint, have to prove in exhibition games this fall? I think you always give people the benefit of the doubt, said Carlyle, not referring specifically to Booth, who had nine goals in 66 games with the Canucks. I dont think that you cast people aside. Theres peaks and valleys that take place through the start of training camp. But, he added, [w]e expect our young players to continue to grow into competitive roles here and make sure that our veteran players are not putting themselves in a position where somebody is working to take their opportunity or pushing them aside. I dont think it matters [what you did] in the past at all, Matt Frattin said, the 26-year-old coming off a bumpy campaign split between Los Angeles and Columbus. [Maybe] for a little bit if you played for eight, nine years, like a Robidas or Polak, but as a young guy youre just trying to fight for your job every day. It seems unlikely, however, that the Leafs would risk losing an asset (like Frattin) for nothing if he underperformed at camp. Though 22 forwards remain after the latest round of cuts on Saturday, only one job (maybe two) figures to be there for the taking a€“ barring an unexpected demotion. Leivo probably leads that field which includes the familiar Troy Bodie, the teenage William Nylander, NHL tweener Carter Ashton, and not to mention longer shots like Carrick, Kozun and Petri Kontiola. Im just coming out each game and trying to show what Ive got and hopefully I can crack this squad, Leivo said. Another gig could emerge if the facial injury to David Clarkson keeps him out for any extended period of time. Clarkson was due to visit a specialist for his swollen right cheekbone on Saturday afternoon following a fight with Cody McCormick in Buffalo. Colton Orr, controversial as it may be under the Leafs changing landscape, stands a good chance of remaining as the teams 14th forward, his place in Carlyles good books unchanged. Defence is where Torontos job competition has suddenly become a little more interesting. A steady veteran type, Henrik Tallinder appeared the logical leader for what is ultimately the seventh gig on the back-end. But he suffered a dislocated left shoulder on Friday, dampening his chances considerably. That leaves Percy, Granberg and 26-year-old Korbinian Holzer as the final contenders. The youngest of the group and a first round pick in 2011, Percy has nudged his way further into the mix with a heady all-around game, though his size, foot-speed and overall readiness remain in question. Partnering mostly with Roman Polak in the most recent exhibition match, Percy played nearly 23 minutes and added an assist on Leivos power-play goal. Different player, Carlyle said of Percy, remarking on the change from last fall to here in 2014. I still think the speed of the game and his foot speed is going to be something hes going to have to continue to improve on, but you cant take away his puck-moving ability and his hockey sense. Its worth noting that of the trio, only Holzer, in the final year of a two-year deal, requires waivers and thus could be lost to an opposing club if not kept on the roster. We think that our young players have done a great job of competing for positions, Carlyle said. Scratched up after a pair of dustups with the Sabres a€“ including a showdown with 6-foot-8 Tyler Myers a€“ Carrick, like Leivo, made himself noticed over the weekend. Im just trying to make an impression, he said, a good impression that is. Whatever I can do to make myself noticed. Cheap MLB Jerseys China .com) - Mikko Korhonen carded a 5-under 67 on Thursday to claim medalist honors at the European Tours Final Qualifying Stage tournament. Cheap Nike MLB Jerseys . 3 Ohio State. Amedeo Della Valle had 15 points, Marc Loving scored a career-high 13 and the bench provided 38 points as the Buckeyes sprinted past Nebraska 84-53 on Saturday. http://www.cheapmlbjerseysusa.com/. Ferrer was unable to find his rhythm in losing 6-4, 6-2 to Teymuraz Gabashvili in his opening match while Nadal struggled past fellow Spanish player Albert Ramos 7-6 (2), 6-4. 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The only other player with two 18-game hitting streaks in a season for the White Sox was Hall of Famer Eddie Collins, who had runs of 21 and 22 games in 1920. Collins was already a seasoned veteran by that point. Abreu is in his first year in the majors. "He comes every day prepared and ready to work," manager Robin Ventura said of his 27-year-old Cuban slugger. "Its a very mature approach, and I know Ive said that before, but its true. He comes here and he gets it right away." Abreu and Adam Dunn hit consecutive home runs in the seventh, when the White Sox scored seven runs. Chicago sent 12 batters to the plate in the inning and broke the game open against Anibal Sanchez (7-5) and Joakim Soria. Alexei Ramirez added a three-run double during the rally. Jose Quintana (6-7) allowed two runs and nine hits in six innings. Detroit made three errors, including two in that seventh inning. Soria made his first home appearance since the Tigers acquired him in a trade with Texas. He retired only one of the seven batters he faced and allowed his first two homers of the season. "That was probably the worst outing of my career," Soria said. "You want to make a good impression on the fans and your new team, and then that happens. No matter what pitch I threw, they were right on it. I felt fine, but I missed some over the middle, and they hit all of them." With men on first and second and one out in the seventh, Tyler Flowers singled to left, and left fielder Rajai Davis error allowed a run to score from second. That gave Chicago a 3-2 lead. Soria replaced Sanchez, and after Adam Eatons single loaded the bases, Ramirez doubled too make it 6-2.dddddddddddd Abreu followed with a two-run homer, his major league-leading 31st of the year. Dunns solo shot made it 9-2. Sanchez allowed five runs -- four earned -- and six hits in 6 1-3 innings. He struck out six and walked two. QUINTANA SHARP The Chicago left-hander has a 1.84 ERA in his last eight starts, although he hasnt always gotten much run support. That changed in a big way Tuesday. "I tried to throw all my pitches, start ahead in the count early," Quintana said. "Sometimes I fight with my delivery, especially early in the count." SLUMPING AGAIN The Tigers still lead the AL Central by five games over Kansas City, but theyve lost four in a row. This is their fourth losing streak of at least four games this season. The White Sox are now seven games out of first. TRAINERS ROOM White Sox: Reliever Matt Lindstrom (left ankle) threw batting practice to outfielder Avisail Garcia (left shoulder) before the game. Garcia has not played since early April, and Lindstrom has been out since mid-May. Ventura says the team will know more about their status when the White Sox return to Chicago for a six-game homestand that starts Friday. Tigers: Shortstop Eugenio Suarez left the game in the fourth inning with lower back tightness, and third baseman Nick Castellanos was scratched shortly before the game with an injured right index finger. Castellanos was hit with a groundball during batting practice. He and Suarez are both day to day. "Nick could have hit, and he could have played if we needed him, but we decided to play it safe," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "Hell probably be OK tomorrow. With Suarie, well just see how he feels tomorrow afternoon." ON DECK White Sox: Right-hander Hector Noesi (5-7) starts against the Tigers on Wednesday night and will try for his third straight win. He allowed four runs in a victory over Detroit on June 9. Tigers: Reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (12-3) takes the mound. Hes unbeaten in his last six starts. ' ' '

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