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Fri. Sep 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bozak will not be participating in Leafs' practices and scrimmages Saturday because of an undisclosed injury, reports Sportsnet 590TheFAN.
Impact: There's no word on the type of injury, but it's apparently a day-to-day issue. Leafs' coach Randy Carlyle didn't speak to reporters Friday.
Fri. Sep 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Clarkson missed the first day of Leafs' training camp with an undisclosed injury, according to Sportsnet 590TheFAN.
Impact: There was no word of the type of injury, but it is considered day-to-day.
Thu. Sep 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Phaneuf will move to the left side of the ice for the upcoming season, Mark Masters of TSN reports.
Impact: Given Phaneuf's standing as a left-handed puck handler, the move across the ice should actually prove beneficial for the veteran blueliner, whose defensive prowess has slipped as he's aged. In addition to transitioning to the left side, Phaneuf also figures to see more relief with the offseason additions of Roman Polak and Stephane Robidas, who should help preserve the 29-year-old for the rigors of an 82-game season. Even if Phaneuf notices a reduction in minutes, he should still offer 30-to-40-point potential to go along with a bevy of hits, blocks and penalty minutes.
Thu. Sep 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Robidas (leg) has yet to receive clearance for contact drills during training camp, TSN's Mark Masters reports.
Impact: Robidas is still on the mend from the broken leg he suffered with the Ducks in the postseason, but the expectation is that he'll be at full health for the final two preseason games. Following the offseason trade of Carl Gunnarsson to the Blues, Robidas could be asked to join Dion Phaneuf on the team's top defensive pairing.
Sat. Sep 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kontiola knows he's in a battle for a job with the Leafs, but he's prepared to play whatever role the team sees fit to win a spot, reports the National Post. "This isn't a guy that we've got pencilled in on the first line or the fourth line," said general manager Dave Nonis. "He's got the skill set that he can play multiple positions. If we need a guy to play in the top-6, would he fit into that position? Yes, there's no reason not to think that."
Impact: His role will be up to Randy Carlyle, but it's clear the team is already impressed with the 30-year-old forward. "This is one of the more motivated people I've ever seen," continued Nonis. "He spent close to half a million dollars of his own money to get out of a [KHL] contract to come over here and play. Not a lot of guys would do that." Kontiola is a finesse player who led all scorers with eight goals and 16 points in 10 games at the 2013 world championship. And he scored the highly-touted Evgeny Kuznetsov on his KHL squad last season. Keep an eye on him in camp -- he might provide value as a sleeper.