This is fine. The kid hasn't even ever played more than 51 games in a season AND he was starting to show signs of slowing down in the last few games he dressed for. It's not like they're giving up on him. Burke said time and time again, if he wasn't going to play regular minutes on the Leafs, he'd be going down to the Marlies. There's a logjam on D if Liles comes back this week, so what's the problem?
He'll be back. Don't get your panties in a knot.
Last edited by PoisonMushroom: 01-15-2012 at 01:55 AM.
Looks like the Leafs don't like turnovers behind their net
You realize Komisarek and Aulie make tons of horrible blatant turnovers too, right? A lot of which are in front of the net which is far worse.
The only way you can justify Komisarek and Aulie in the line-up over Gardiner would be Leafs are not a complete disaster on the PK with those two.
I would be fine with the move if Liles was healthy but right now, he is not. Komisarek just had a horrendous game and he is playing on his off-wing. The PP has been struggling a lot lately too so I think it wold make some sense to keep him up for now since things can change in a hurry. Aulie nor Komisarek by any means have their spots locked down.
people are spastic over this but there is no denying he DID slow down in the last 5 or 6 games he played.
this is not the end of the world. we have our future puck mover people.
Exactly. No need to overreact here. Probably means somebody is coming off the IR. Gardiner has been getting progressively worse the past few weeks so a short stint to get back to the basics won't hurt his development.
I don't mind this. Anyone who thought he's been good recently hasn't been watching hockey games. He's a rookie for ****'s sake - and sitting him like this is awful for his development. Letting him play in the marlies for a while is the right move at this point.
The most games he's played a season prior to this is 50, tops. And while people raved about his conditioning, you can tell from his play that he couldn't keep up in december. Putting him in a slightly slower league is the perfect way to allow him to build his conditioning up to the point where he'll be able to come in and make a difference next year (or even later this season).
Who cares if he's our best skating defensman? It doesn't matter if he gives the puck away at our own blueline like he's been prone to do ing recently.