Toronto Maple Leafs ahead Kenny Agostino will make his season and workforce debut when his workforce hosts the Winnipeg Jets at Scotiabank Enviornment on Thursday.
The 28-year-old has two targets and 5 assists in eight video games with the Toronto Marlies this season. He was assigned to the Leafs’ taxi squad on Feb. 27.
“[He] has been actual chief and among the finest, if not essentially the most constant, gamers with the Marlies when he is been down there,” Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe stated.
Agostino skated on the fourth line with Jason Spezza and Jimmy Vesey throughout the workforce’s observe on Wednesday. Amid a season-high three-game dropping streak, Keefe hopes that injecting a recent physique will assist get his workforce again on observe.
“[He is] somebody who’s hungry for his alternative and his likelihood,” Keefe stated. “We simply assume it’d inject one thing into the group at this time.”
Agostino signed a two-year contract with the Maple Leafs at a median annual worth of $737,500 on July 24, 2019. He final performed within the NHL throughout the 2018-19 season, the place he break up his time between the Montreal Canadiens and New Jersey Devils.
Travis Boyd will come out of the lineup to make room for Agostino.
The American-born participant has eight targets and 22 assists in 85 NHL video games.
Jumbo retains issues gentle
Toronto’s funding in Joe Thornton is being put to the check because the workforce tries to shake off consecutive losses in opposition to the Vancouver Canucks final week and in opposition to the Jets on Tuesday.
Signed to a one-year $700,000 contract by the Leafs again in October, Thornton’s contributions off the ice had been a precedence to assist push the workforce by means of adversity.
“There’s going to up and there is going to be downs, you have to combat by means of all of it,” Thornton stated. “I believe having humorousness and know when there’s work to be accomplished, however actually take pleasure in what you do, and I believe the workforce basically has been nice with that.”
Thornton’s contribution on the ice has been solild. He has three targets and eight assists in 15 video games this season. The 41-year-old will transfer right into a tie for sixth on the all-time NHL games-played listing tonight. He and Mark Recchi will each sit at 1652 video games after Thursday.
Preserving it gentle with the nicknames
With entry restricted this season because of the pandemic, anytime we be taught of any new nicknames (principally created by Thornton) we be taught a bit bit extra in regards to the Leafs.
Thornton has been the creator of a lot of the names, however stated he did not provide you with ‘Fredzilla’ for Frederik Andersen. That time period was utilized by Matthews to explain the workforce’s beginning goaltender following their 6-1 win in opposition to the Edmonton Oilers on Mar. 3.
Alex Kerfoot disclosed a pair of nicknames not heard earlier than to explain Jimmy Vesey.
“The fellows have been calling Vesey ‘Hollywood’ or ‘9-0’ a bit bit,” Kerfoot stated.
Simmonds might be part of observe subsequent week
Toronto Maple Leafs ahead Wayne Simmonds might be part of workforce practices subsequent week because the veteran forwards works his approach to returning to the lineup.
“The whole lot seems to be very optimistic by way of how issues have progressed right here,” Keefe stated. “My conversations with the medical workers been excellent and [he] simply continues to work his method by means of getting again on top of things and getting extra comfy.”
Simmonds fractured his wrist on Feb. 6 in opposition to the Canucks. The timeline for his absence was introduced as six weeks. Simmonds. That is places his return at round Mar. 20 give or take a days.
The 32-year-old scored 5 targets in 12 video games this season. He has been skating with expertise and conditioning workers for the reason that workforce was away for his or her five-game journey out west.