Nothing wrong with sending Kadri down. He was not up to par last night. After his hit on Martin he kept hearing footsteps. He's a bit on the light side anyways, gets knocked off the puck far too easily. He's not NHL ready yet, at least not on this team. Maybe Columbus or some other cellar dweller.
As for Aulie, he should have stayed up. Gardiner should have been sent down instead, if it were possible. Gardiner can't clear anyone away from the net, and after last night's pass to a Penguin blowing by him...well, what can you say about that? Gardiner is overrated and Aulie has been underutilized.
So disappointing to see Kadri get sent down again. He's been doing everything asked of him which is to limit his turnovers, shorter shifts, playing more responsible defensively, getting the puck out of the zone, hitting, going to the net and chipping in offensively. He hasn't done anything to get sent down but I guess that's what happens when there aren't enough roster spots.
One of Lombardi/Armstrong/MacArthur has got to go to clear some space for Kadri.
Leafs need to get rid of MacArthur or Kulemin for Kadri to find a permanent home on the 2nd line, which is where he needs to play. Just not a third liner.
Aulie has seemed to regress this season, and until Komisarek or Schenn is gone from the lineup, he doesn't seem to have a home. Holzer and Blacker seem to be honing in on his spot. Might be trade fodder.
Naz is just the victim of a numbers game. He's on a rookie contract and can be sent down without clearing waivers. Essentially, that's the only reason he was sent down. His play has been deserving of a spot, and I believe by the trade deadline they'll have cleared a permanent spot for him.
I hate hearing all this "the Leafs screw ALL their young players" crap. Rushing young kids and expecting immediate results is exactly how this team has dug themselves into a hole in the past. We have the youngest damn team in the league, it's going to take some time for them to develop into a contender. I like how this team is looking now and for the future. They have a good young core and solid prospects coming up. Burke will clear spots when it's best for the team. He's not going to trade Armstrong and Lombardi for a 7th round pick because some message board kiddies think Naz is ready to be an NHL superstar. Yes, I do think some moves still need to be made, but to say they're purposely screwing over their younger players is asinine.
BE PATIENT. We're NOT winning the cup this year. HOWEVER, it would be wonderful if we can get into the playoffs and get this young team some much-needed experience in the post-season. There's a learning curve to being a good NHL team, and we're on a better point on that curve than we have been in a long long time.
I don't understand the management. They play kadri less than the fourth line. They let him play with two useless bums (Connolly and Lombardi). Then they send him down because he isn't producing. Is that how you are supposed to treat your top prospect?
Lombardi, Macarthur and Connolly better GTFO to make room for Kadri.
This just plain stupidity
Wilson is desperate to make the playoffs so if that means playing old and overpaid guys over young talent, he will do it
I'm done with the leafs for now
go pens go
enjoy your last days in Toronto Wilson
Leafs will finish 9th or 10th, what a waste
Ciao leafs nation
7 years missing the playoffs should not determent the development of players.
I've been critical of Nazem but i'd at least like to have seen him get a shot of this season to play meaningful minutes and games at the nhl not sign a stop gap player like Connolly just to play uninspired hockey and still miss or just make the playoffs.
Kadri didn't even get to play in the AHL all star game, which would have been a nice reward if they were going to make him play there and he put in the effort.
Interesting. They did not send Kadri down to play in the AHL all star game. They gave him a week off. I seem to remember Bozak & some other (bubble/young/rookie) player(s) going down to the farm during an NHL all star week. My tiny & meager understandings of Burke leads me to think that he believes an all star game should be treated with respect, honour & duty. They could of sent him down for that game & then recalled him for last nights game. He took a week off because he had to play in yesterday's game? I don't think he was/is meant to go down. Maybe something's (some sort of trade) close but it didn't go thru (yet). Interesting.
Last edited by tony m: 02-01-2012 at 11:08 AM.
How is Kadri supposed to build any confidence at this level if he keeps getting sent down regardless of how he plays? I think he's a diamond in the rough, but he needs honing at the NHL level now not the A. Two thumbs down on this move.