It didn’t take long for the Toronto Marlies to find a replacement for Steve Spott. The Toronto Maple Leafs’ American Hockey League affiliate promoted Gord Dineen to head coach yesterday. Dineen spent the last five seasons as an assistant coach for the Marlies, and previously was head coach of the AHL’s Iowa Chops. Spott was recently promoted to an assistant coaching position with the Leafs. The story is from the Canadian Press.
Jeff Veillette of The LeafsNation shares his take on the promotion of Dineen, as well as the promotion of Derek King from Marlies assistant to associate coach. Jeff credits Dineen for the Marlies’ superb special teams over the years.
2014 first-round pick William Nylander was one of the 29 Toronto Maple Leafs prospects in Toronto this past week to participate in development camp. The 18-year-old centre is already drawing rave reviews for not only his skill on the ice, but his maturity and levelheadedness off it. Joe Yerdon of NHL.com was at camp and spoke to Nylander, president Brendan Shanahan and other members of the Leafs’ scouting staff.
The Leafs’ roster is likely set at this point, but as Shanahan mentioned in the Yerdon piece, there will be opportunities for young players (like Nylander, Josh Leivo or Petter Granberg) or veteran Marlies (Spencer Abbott) to compete for spots out of camp. James Mirtle of The Globe and Mail has more on the team, which will rely on shifts in organizational philosophy and huge leaps forward by young players to improve on last year.
If you’re like me, you constantly have an eye on Twitter for the latest Leafs and hockey news and scuttlebutt. 13_Leafs of Blue and White Brotherhood put together an extensive and helpful list of 30 great Twitter follows for all 30 NHL teams. I agree with him when he says there are almost too many great Leafs fan follows to mention in one piece.