Sucks to see Gardiner still out with that 'mystery' injury.
Also, with regards to that Liles discussion earlier- I just hope he can bounce back from the concussion. He was playing fantastic before that game against the Sabres, on pace for 50 points and role in mentoring Gardiner.
So, by your logic, when the other team continuously throws cheap hits on your star players, you would just watch them. Nice logic
Eakins explained it best in the post game interview, we keep in mind who did that. Use the powerplay to our advantage and score, and if things get worse later on and the time is right we go for it. I am ofc paraphrasing it but that's it.
"He has been impressive," Leafs president and general manager Brian Burke said via e-mail. "High hockey IQ, great patience with the puck, can really thread passes on the power play."
A poised, intelligent decision-maker on the back-end, his game is little flash and mostly substance, a do-it-all type for the Marlies who has steadied the top pairing, killed penalties, run the powerplay, piled up points (11 in the last nine games) and played in every game this season.
"He's not a flashy guy," said Gord Dineen, the Marlies assistant coach, charged with spearheading the defence, "but he's just effective the way he gets things done, the way he moves the puck, the way he shoots the puck, the different ways that he garners offence."
"He's not the most physical guy, but he makes people go through him,"
"When he goes to the NHL, yeah, he's going to have to make adjustments," said Dineen, "but I think he's smart enough to make those adjustments, just maybe do things a little bit quicker sometimes with the puck."
"For me it's always been a matter of proving people wrong and basically having the mindset of not giving anyone an opportunity to not give me a chance," said Kostka. "I haven't been given my opportunity at the next level yet and I'm going to do everything in my power to make sure that I do." mike kostka
He'd have to sign a contract with the Leafs first. Having an AHL contract with the lockout put him in a good spot, desperate team may be willing to give him some $$ if the season ever does start.
I would sign him to a 2 year, 2 way contract near the league minimum.
If all the issues that he's had in the past are gone, then I think he's a huge bargain. The guy just knows how to play and having a guy like that come up to play in an injury situation at the very least is huge. In comparison to last year where the team just ends up in a huge tailspin once one guy is out for a considerable amount.
The Leafs would be stupid to let him walk. Burke has always talked about the "free wallets". Well this wallet has hundred dollar bills in it and will pay dividends for a couple years.