JVR Takes Part In Portion Of Practice

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The Leafs hit the ice at MasterCard Centre on Wednesday as they get set to host the Carolina Hurricanes Thursday. James van Riemsdyk skated for 40 minutes before leaving practice as he continues to deal with an upper body injury.

Head coach Randy Carlyle said that there has been progress with van Riemsdyk and hopefully with more treatment over the next 24 hours that he could be in action against the Hurricanes but that won’t be known until after the game day skate.

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Bolland Misses Practice With Maintenance Day

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The Maple Leafs hit the ice Friday in preparation for Saturday’s home game against the Edmonton Oilers but they were without forward Dave Bolland who had a maintenance day.

There was some good news as Cody Franson took part in practice after being cut on the nose when he as hit from behind during Thursday’s game. He practiced with a full cage and is expected to play Saturday night.

Prior to practice, the team announced that defenceman T.J. Brennan was assigned to the Toronto Marlies after being recalled Wednesday.

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Marlies prospect makes sure things don’t blow up in his face.

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It is a testament to Christopher Gibson’s dexterity that the Toronto Marlies 20-year-old goalie handles the puck as he would a hand grenade.

He has handled hand grenades. He prefers pucks but sometimes they don’t give the kid a choice.

Gibson is one of the more arresting stories on the Marlies, a private in the Finnish army who this summer fulfilled half of the 180 days of military service every Finnish male is obliged to provide. His North American peers, meanwhile, hung out at the cottage and worked out.

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Throwback Thursday: Signing Day

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Autograph. Signature. John Hancock. Whatever you want to call it, it’s a part of the gig as an NHL player. But it’s also much more. In many cases it represents a moment or story that a fan will remember forever.

For some, an autograph can come out of a chance meeting, set appearance date, practice, game, or in this day and age certain online auctions and stores.

Throughout the season the Leafs will also have dedicated signing days. A time for players to filter through an abundance of merchandise, sign their autograph, and move on.

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Leafs Recall Three, Look Ahead To Predators

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The Maple Leafs announced on Wednesday that the team has recalled forwards Josh Leivo and David Broll and defenceman T.J. Brennan. With the three call ups, the team has assigned Trevor Smith and Jamie Devane to the Toronto Marlies.

Leivo, Broll and Brennan are all expected to take part in Wednesday’s practice at MasterCard Centre. Both Leivo and Broll have yet to play an NHL game while Brennan saw action in 29 games last season between Buffalo and Florida with 10 points (three goals, seven assists).

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Smith, Devane Recalled From Marlies

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The Maple Leafs announced on Monday that the team has recalled forwards Jamie Devane and Trevor Smith from the Toronto Marlies.

Devane played in his first NHL game on Saturday and saw 6:52 of ice-time. He was assinged to the Marlies Sunday and recorded an assist in the win over Lake Erie.

Smith was recently named the captain of the Marlies following his first training camp with the Leafs. The Ottawa, Ontario native recorded five points in two games over the weekend as the Marlies began their season with two straight wins.

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One in 10,000 chance lands fan chance to drop puck

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It has been 20 years since Brian Brett dropped a puck and barring a recall on gravity he will do it again.

This time, though, there will be 20,000 spectators.

Brian Brett is the winner of the Leafs Drop The Puck contest.

Brian is a 32-year-old Brampton resident who works in marketing. He is also the winner of the Leafs Drop the Puck contest and as such will handle the ceremonial puck drop between Ottawa captain Jason Spezza and Dion Phaneuf when the Leafs open against the Senators.

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Rielly Could Make NHL Debut Saturday

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The Maple Leafs returned to practice Friday morning as they get set for their home opener Saturday against the Ottawa Senators.

There was a new face at practice as Jamie Devane was recalled from the Toronto Marlies as defenceman Mark Fraser was placed on long term injury list.

With Fraser being sidelined, look for Morgan Rielly to play his first regular season game tomorrow night against Ottawa.

Head coach Randy Carlyle said that Fraser could be out of the lineup for three to four weeks with a lower body injury.

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Smith tabbed to wear the deep blue C

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When you meet Vincent Lecavalier or Sidney Crosby and you are a brother hockey player they look you in the eye, extend their right hands and say: “Vincent Lecavalier” or “Sidney Crosby.”

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That experience stayed with the Trevor Smith, bestowed the captaincy of the Toronto Marlies Friday in a press conference at the Ricoh Coliseum.

The 28-year-centreman is a first time pro captain but his resume shows seven minor league teams going onto eight years.

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Tailgate Party At Maple Leaf Square For Home Opener

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When the Maple Leafs host the Ottawa Senators at the ACC on Saturday, we will be having a Molson Canadian Tailgate Party in Maple Leaf Square starting at 3pm. At 7pm the game will be shown on the big board.

Just like during the playoffs, there will be several Leafs Alumni on hand including Wendel Clark. Darcy Tucker. Brad May. Darryl Sittler. Mark Osborne and more.

There will also be tons of giveaways, including a t-shirt toss and tickets plus a DJ spinning some tunes and a Molson Canadian Hockey House.

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