So the Leafs return home to face Calgary tonight with a slightly different look to their line-up. Mike Brown has been suspended for three games for his hit on Ed Jovanovski, Fredrik Sjostrom and Kris Versteeg (from what we know) are still banged up, and Brett Lebda is a terrible human being. In response to these developments, the brass sent James Reimer back to the AHL and called up Marcel Müller, a 6'3 left winger who was a free agent signing out of Europe over the summer. Müller struggled in his first month or so in Toronto, but has been progressively getting better as the season wears on. Garrett Bauman of MLHS has a few thoughts on the young German's big shot:
Similar to Reimer, odds are Mueller’s call-up will be limited in its timespan; once the Leafs’ regulars have returned from injury/suspension he will in all likelihood head back to the AHL. Consider Mueller’s call-up a prospect being rewarded for hard work and terrific play, and a glimpse at another potential piece of the franchise’s future.
Links after the jump...
THN has a recap of Fabian Brunnstrom's first game as a Marlie
Eric Duhatschek of the G&M has a really good piece on #41
VLM examines the fastest skaters in both Toronto and the NHL from the 60s and 70s
Buds in Blue argues that the Leafs have a bright future in net
Sort of a silly but fun article from Behind the Net. Worth a read