Toronto Maple Leafs Press Box Membership
The Toronto Maple Leafs are going need to think about who will be sitting in the press box. Randy Carlyle being badgered day in and day out of this training camp and early pre-season – “what are you going to do with Morgan Rielly?” If you are Leafs coach Randy Carlyle you are getting tired of hearing the same question over and over. Ask it differently with the thoughts of “cap issues” and throwing another player under the bus – Hey Randy, “Who is going to get their membership to the press box stamped more often than not?”
John Michael Liles.
That is the answer if you are Randy Carlyle. I mean, if he was being honest. If being a coach allowed you to speak about what goes on behind closed doors with General Managers and front office advisors. Remember this is Coach Carlyle and it will be his team on the ice, to a point.
John Michael Liles – Toronto Maple Leafs $3.8M Press Box seat Warmer
Last season John Michael Liles played in 32 of the 48 games the Leafs played. In the playoffs he played 4 of the 7 games the Toronto Maple Leafs participated in. Last season was the first attempt for Liles to come back after a concussion suffered the year before. Speaking of headaches, Liles is unmovable due to his no trade clause. Press box seats kept warm by a guy making $3.8M is what the new NHL has become. No need to dive into collective bargaining agreement discussion, however across the NHL this type of “bury” a player in the Press Box will become more common. Get your cup of coffee Liles I predict you will be watching from the press box 30 plus games again this year.
Morgan Rielly – Toronto Maple Leafs future Carlyle
Considered a “Blue Chip” prospect Morgan Rielly is ready to crack the Leafs line up this year. Luke Schenn cracked the line up at a young age. Carlyle also got himself on the Toronto Maple Leaf blue line at the age of 20. Why do I say this? Time for Carlyle to make a “project” out of Morgan Rielly and put him in the spotlight of Toronto Media and give him a shot on the blue line this year. Nose to the grind, physical and plenty of speed is what Rielly will bring. Defensive Pairings? My idea of a great way to break him into the NHL and let him grind it out like Carlyle and Schenn did;
Gunnarsson & Phaneuf
Ranger & Gardiner
Rielly & Fraser
Toronto Needs a Defensive Savior and his Name is Morgan Rielly
What Toronto and Leafsnation need is a young player on defense to believe in. Remember Luke Schenn? Wasn’t it great to watch him grow up in front of the throng of Toronto Media and fandom alike? I think so. Morgan Rielly will be a player that Carlyle can make better throughout the season. Bounce him between the press box and games while Liles waits out his season waiting on a trade or impress the fans and front office enough to keep him. Fraser is the odd man out with one more year left on his contract at the end of the season. Fraser could end up trade bait if Liles picks up the pace. However that will be a discussion that rears its ugly head at trade deadline or near the end of the season.
Reilly will be the blue chip defenseman Carlyle can guide towards stardom in Leafs Nation. Hard hitting, young speed and something to prove is exactly what Schenn was and he turned into an asset that was eventually turned over for James Van Reimsdyk.