The Toronto Maple Leafs cut two more players from training camp yesterday: Tyler Biggs and Jesse Blacker. Neither cut is surprising. The other big news from camp was Joffrey Lupul made his return to the ice after recovering from back soreness, and HBO’s camera crew made their first appearance invading everybody’s privacy for this year’s edition of 24/7. And the best part? Head coach Randy Carlyle is incredibly grumpy about all of it. All that and more in another exciting edition of Browsing the Barilkosphere! (*cues exciting theme music*)
Drew MacIntyre is sure giving Paul Ranger a run for the title of feel-good story of training camp. I mean, the dude started in Reading of the ECHL last year and worked his way up to eventually becoming the third-string guy for the Leafs, what’s not to like? From Sean Fitz-Gerald of the National Post.
Toronto Marlies head coach Steve Spott likes to swear, apparently. Some cool pictures included in the post as well. From Jeff Veillette of The LeafsNation.
Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment President and CEO Tim Leiweke wants to ensure the fans sitting in the platinums are in their seats at the start of each period. I’m not entirely sure how he can go about doing that, but I like the idea. It’s pretty embarrassing when a new period starts and three-quarters of the platinum section is empty for the first five minutes. From James Mirtle of The Globe and Mail.
Ryan Fancey of The LeafsNation helps you get set for your fantasy hockey draft by projecting some notable Leafs forwards. (That reminds me, I should probably do some research at some point since I’m in three of them.)
Travis Bateman of Tip of the Tower thinks Dion Phaneuf will score 20 goals this year, a mark he hasn’t reached since his rookie year. He scored nine last year, which prorates to around 15.5 in an 82-game season, so it’s certainly in the realm of possibility.
Those first three lines are about as good as any in the league. And Hunter Shinkaruk looks like a pretty good player, eh? From Allen Tung of The Canuck Way.