TSN SportsCentre reporter Mark Masters reports on the Toronto Maple Leafs training in two groups at the Ford Performance Center on Thursday.
New Tandem in Toronto Matt Murray When Ilya Samsonov I made a good first impression on their new head coach.
“Today was my first time on the ice with them,” Sheldon Keef said. “I think they’ve been great. They’re really big players on the net, they take up a lot of space and they move well. Murray looked really coordinated and focused. The first day of camp was a seasoned goaltender. As far as he’s concerned, he looked pretty… dialed me in. It was good.”
Murray, 28, is looking for a fresh start after an injury-plagued stretch in Ottawa. 899 save percentage in his 47 games with the Senators over the past two years. Murray cleared waivers and last season he played two games in the American Hockey League.
“Overcoming adversity is a big part of growing and improving, so it gives me a lot to take advantage of,” said the Thunder Bay, Ontario native. I feel there are a lot of things I can’t do.”
Murray has already proven that he can pull it off in the playoffs. He boosted his Pittsburgh Penguins to his Stanley Cup title in 2016 and his 2017.
“Every player I’ve spoken to this offseason, that was one of the things they were really excited about,” Keough said. “I don’t know how many goalkeepers playing in the league right now who have won these games and won the Stanley Cup. there is.”
Murray has an impressive .921 save percentage in 51 career playoff games.
“The last few years haven’t been the same for him, but I believe he has talent,” Keef continued. “I think we’ve done a good enough job in front of him to really help him and get some traction going forward. He’s had a great offseason. Our facility here. His time spent in has been great…he is off to a great start from day one.”
In his first meeting with media in Toronto, Samsonov admitted he was “a little surprised” that the Washington Capitals didn’t extend their qualifying offer over the summer.
“I understand it’s just a business,” said the 25-year-old Russian.
896 save percentage in 44 games last season, Samsonov accepted the chance to bet himself on a one-year, $1.8 million contract despite a longer offer.
“It’s good for me and good for the team,” he said.
“He’s a really nice guy with a great attitude and a great approach,” Keef said. “He speaks decent English. He doesn’t go out of his way to talk to men. He’s never been a loud guy, but he’s certainly around. I’ve been involved with him Every time he’s been great..like him..he enjoys being here…he has a lot of work to do and is a very motivated person to come here. ”
Samsonov appreciated Toronto’s new goalkeeping coach, Curtis Sanford, coming to his offseason base of Florida to work with him over the summer. The focus was to get faster and improve post play. He also skated alongside his compatriots and was the winner of the Vezina Trophy. Igor Shesterkin.
Samsonov thinks he’s ready for the intense limelight of the Toronto market, but he also admits it’s hard to know exactly how that will feel. The nominee was impressed by Toronto’s large support staff.
“It’s the best organization in the league and now I understand why.
Samsonov is already familiar with Toronto’s offensive offense. He was pulled in both games against the Leafs last season.
“I remember going to the bench after the first period,” he said with a smile. “We all know this is the best team to score goals. A lot of goals.”
In his first practice as a member of the Leafs, Jaan Krok Road slid side by side Auston Matthews.
“He’s as good as they say,” quipped the 30-year-old Swede.
This was a move designed to make Jarkrok feel at home.
“I don’t know if there’s a better way to get into a new team and feel part of things,” Keef said. I think” [Tavares]He has the ability to do that. He can play anywhere in our lineup. He is a player very similar to [Alex] Carfoot with the ability to move around. “
Mitch Marner is back with Matthews Michael Bunting Soon, there will be work available on the second line with Tavares.
“I feel like I can take a little bit of everything,” Jarkrok said. “Whatever they ask of me, I’m ready to do it.”
After hopping between Nashville, Seattle and Calgary over the past two seasons, Jernklok signed a four-year contract with Toronto over the summer.
“I didn’t want to sign a short-term contract,” he said. “I wanted to go to a place and stay there for a while. They felt like something good was going on here and I wanted to be a part of it.”
Jarkrok are you ready for the intense glare that comes from living in the heart of the hockey universe?
“I think I’m trying to find out,” he said. “I went to a small market in Nashville, then to Seattle with my new team. And Calgary is a big market, but coming here is a leap from that. Let’s see…it’s amazing “To play in a city like this. Everyone cares about the team and it feels like home. Hockey has everything and it’s so much fun.”
Adam Gaudetteanother new face, skated alongside Tavares and Marner.
“We want to give [him] Keefe explained. “I think he can really score. He’s a worker. I think he’s a good candidate.”
Gaudette arrived in Toronto about a month before training camp started. He works with the team’s development staff, which he believes has made his skating more dynamic.
“I feel a little more confident going through the neutral zone and handing the puck around, holding the puck longer and creating a little more space,” he said. “I’m just using my speed to open lanes for other players on the ice.”
Gaudette, who signed a one-year deal worth $750,000 over the summer, has performed well at the 2022 World Championship, posting six goals and two assists in 10 games with Team USA.
“I feel like my game has improved a lot in the last year, year and a half or so, so I’m excited to show it,” he said.
Gaudette appeared in 58 games for Chicago and Ottawa last season, scoring five goals and providing nine assists.
Zach Aston ReeseSkating next to you during the pro tryout training camp Battle of David When Joey Anderson.
“It’s a good opportunity to show what I can bring,” he said. …coaches and staff have made it clear that there are vacancies.”
“He’s the guy we were interested in because free agency had just started and the money was running out,” Keef revealed. “He’s still here, still competing in the mix.” It’s good for us.He came in with a very good attitude.He’s a very smart and responsible player.He’s played a lot in the league.He’s coming. from a good program of the years he spent in Pittsburgh.”
Aston Lease played for Pittsburgh from 2017-2022. He led the Penguins last season with his 187 hits in 52 games. This he should have led the Leafs with 16.7 hits per 60 minutes.
“I had an older brother who beat me pretty well, so it was always part of my game.
The Staten Island, New York native had several tryout offers, but he liked the fit in Toronto.
“They really care about winning and growing,” he said. “It’s a good chance to win the cup and they have so many tools here to develop. I’m a little older and he’s 28, but there’s still a lot of room to grow.”
veteran defenseman Jake Mazin I neglected my practice.
“For the last few minutes he was feeling a little discomfort in his back,” Keef said. “I think we’ll evaluate him in a week or so and see how things go.”
Mazin suffered two concussions last season that limited him to 47 games.
“I wouldn’t say ‘concern’, especially given that there is nothing on the front line regarding his surveillance.”
Muzzin turns 34 in February.
Justin Hall I spoke to reporters for the first time since our Game 7 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.Right-shot defense whistled at Lightning interference penalty to his center Anthony Cirelli During the second period of the elimination game, which swept Tavares’ goal. Referee Eric Furlat ruled that Hall set up the pick to free Tavares.
“It was a difficult decision,” Hall said. “I felt like we were both on the same path. I actually tried to get out of the way, but he came up to me, or that’s what I felt.” If that’s not the goal, it might not get called, but it was a bang-bang situation.Obviously, I didn’t like it, but that’s the way it is.
Did he relive that play over the summer?
“Yeah, but I don’t think I would have done anything different. Like I said, I tried to get out of the way. You just try to make the right decisions at the right time. Sometimes that doesn’t work. No way.”
Lines from practice on Thursday:
Robertson – Carfoot – Ove Kubel
Lily – Brody
Ben – Mete
hofenmeyer – mirror
McMann – SDA – Abratze
Steves – Douglas – Ellis
Giordano – Hall
Dahlström – Krall
Rephi – Hollowell
Pietroniro – Helixson