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03-25-2013, 11:39 AM
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The whole point of sending Holzer down was so that he could get some more playing time and get his confidence down. Having him sit in the press box as a 7th defenseman wouldn't do him any good.

This is just a bit of a reward to Blacker for his play this year; gets to practice and travel with the big team and maybe see a game or two of action (depending on how long Liles is out for).
Missed the most important part, $$$.

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03-25-2013, 11:40 AM
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You heard it here first folks -- Jesse Blacker
Not sure what's funny here.


Anyways, I doubt he plays, but congrats to him on his first call-up.

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Phaneuf - Gunnar
Gardiner - Franson
Fraser - Blacker

do you guys think this is how carlyle would pair the D? Obviously blacker would play pretty safe mins and he would rely on the other 5D heavily (maybe 20+ mins each like last game?)

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03-25-2013, 11:43 AM
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Phaneuf - Gunnar
Gardiner - Franson
Fraser - Blacker

do you guys think this is how carlyle would pair the D?
I imagine Kostka plays with Gardiner and Blacker watches.

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03-25-2013, 11:44 AM
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Missed the most important part, $$$.
True...almost a 10x pay raise for the next 1-2 weeks or so.

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Really? Yikes. If people thought Holzer looked lost, I can't imagine the venom they'll throw at Blacker. Playing sheltered minutes in the AHL doesn't really prepare you for the NHL game.

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03-25-2013, 11:46 AM
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I imagine Kostka plays with Gardiner and Blacker watches.
youre probably right... hope we get to see blacker play against a weaker team later in the week though

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03-25-2013, 11:48 AM
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This is just a bit of a reward to Blacker for his play this year; gets to practice and travel with the big team and maybe see a game or two of action (depending on how long Liles is out for).
And collect an NHL paycheque for a little while.

Edit: saw it was mentioned.

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03-25-2013, 11:50 AM
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"Play the kids"

Hasn't failed us yet this year.

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03-25-2013, 11:51 AM
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Jesse always had the tools, if he keeps his game simple, doesn't pretend to be an offensive defenceman, he has a chance. It's when he thinks he is more than what he is that he tends to get in trouble.

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03-25-2013, 11:53 AM
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"Play the kids"

Hasn't failed us yet this year.
Except when everyone and their dog blamed Holzer for literally everything bad that happened

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03-25-2013, 11:54 AM
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youre probably right... hope we get to see blacker play against a weaker team later in the week though
Maybe against Florida on Tuesday?

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03-25-2013, 11:57 AM
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I wanna see some of that confidence.

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03-25-2013, 11:58 AM
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whats the scouting report on blacker? if you were going to compare him to someone who would it be?

i hear conflicting reports that he is doing great with the marlies and not so great. id be curious to see him get into an nhl game to see if the potential is there.

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"Play the kids"

Hasn't failed us yet this year.
Eventually Marshall will get his shot, like what the Leafs are doing, rewarding time with the Marlies, I think Rielly, Marshall, and Holzer will all figure big in the Leafs future.

Could they be showcasing Blacker?

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You guys are overreacting.

Holzer will be with the Leafs in due time, but right now they are trying to access all of the players that are close to NHL ready.

Holzer had his chance but clearly need him to keep working on his game.

This doesn't mean he's done nor does it mean he won't ever a Leafs jersey ever again.

Heck he'll probably be back sometime this season. Right now though, Blacker will get his chance while Holzer keeps trying to find what made him so good at the AHL level.
This was my exact thought. Holzer was up, had his time to show what hes got, and it was determined that he needs more time. Now lets see some of the other kids.

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03-25-2013, 12:03 PM
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Except when everyone and their dog blamed Holzer for literally everything bad that happened
Precisely. Or when Jake Gardiner has a tough game (ala Saturday).

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03-25-2013, 12:06 PM
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Did Blacker even play that much last night? AHl.com doesn't show TOI.

It seems more likely that he's the least valuable Marlies defenseman left with an NHL deal. I'd be surprised if he'll get to play at all or if it's supposed to be a reward for his mediocre play.

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03-25-2013, 12:09 PM
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Blacker... isn't ready yet... is he really next on the D depth chart?

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03-25-2013, 12:11 PM
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Obviously someone is going to be traded from our surplus of D--Men at deadline.

I wouldn't be surprised if Gardner is moved

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03-25-2013, 12:14 PM
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Wow Blacker > Holzer right now?

Crazy.

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03-25-2013, 12:25 PM
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It's a reward for taking steps in his development.

Why is it that everyone always infers that it definitely means something about someone else?

Holzer was just up. He struggled to hold down his end of his pairing's bargain. It was clear he was lacking in confidence, and needed time with the Marlies to continue to work on his game. He was also easy to put down, not be subject to waivers. Liles gets games in, and plays pretty well, shows mobility, and strengthens the team's ability to move the puck. He then gets hurt, and we need an extra D-man for insurance.

You don't yo-yo Holzer. He's there working on his game. The best thing to do is exactly what Nonis did. Take a kid who has taken strides in developing his game, and reward him with a call-up. Give him a taste of life in the league. The travel, the routine, the atmosphere, and the paycheque. It's a carrot. He may get a game in, to see how he steps up to the pressure of playing with the big club, and we can all hope for the best that night. But this is going to wake up the hunger in him to really push for next year's camp. This is the kind of motivation that developing players live for.

Good for him, and I hope he makes the best of it.

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03-25-2013, 12:26 PM
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Really? Yikes. If people thought Holzer looked lost, I can't imagine the venom they'll throw at Blacker. Playing sheltered minutes in the AHL doesn't really prepare you for the NHL game.
This.

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03-25-2013, 12:27 PM
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I wanna see some of that confidence.
i remember watching that game!

very excited about the Blacker callup, he's always been a favorite prospect of mine. i hope he gets in there instead of Kostka

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