Leafs Locker: Freddy not sure hes ready

Leafs Locker: Freddy not sure he\s ready
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Babcock said Monday night the Leafs were aware of the injury in the morning, but waited to see if it was anything worth worrying about before making a roster move. But Monday afternoon that news of Andersens injury emerged, and the Leafs recalled goaltender Eamon McAdam from the ECHLs Newfoundland Growlers on an emergency basis to back up Sparks.

Drew Doughty has won a Norris Trophy as the NHL’s best defenceman and a pair of Stanley Cups with the Los Angeles Kings. But he’ll be the first to tell you that he still needs work. That’s where Dion Phaneuf comes in.

The two defenceman have struck up a friendship since Phaneuf was traded by the Ottawa Senators to L.A. last season. Although Doughty is the more accomplished player, he’s relied on Phaneuf — five years his senior — to teach him the importance of leading by example.

“I get frustrated sometimes and I’ll take it out on either the refs or myself or my stick, whatever it may be,” said Doughty on Monday before the Kings’ 4-1 loss in Toronto. “He’s kind of taught me that when I’m showing frustration in myself it affects the whole team.

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“As a leader on this team I can’t be doing that and I’ve been working on it for years and sometimes I just go psycho. He’s really helped me with that and he’s a good person, a good friend.”

The 28-year-old Doughty has 102 goals and 322 assists over 11 seasons with Los Angeles. He is often a contender for the Norris, winning it in 2016, and helped the Kings with the Cup in 2012 and 2014.

Even still, L.A. head coach John Stevens admits that Doughty has struggled with discipline over his career, amassing 557 penalty minutes. But Stevens has noticed a difference in Doughty since Phaneuf arrived from Ottawa on Feb. 13.

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“Drew’s a really passionate guy, it’s what makes him such a great player. Sometimes his passions turn into frustrations but I’d rather try to dampen a fire then try and light one,” said Stevens. “Dion’s been in the league a long time, he’s a really emotionally invested guy and Dion does a great job of riding that edge of emotion but not crossing the line of discipline.”

Takeaways: Nazem Kadri is goal-less in seven games after scoring 32 in each of the last two seasons, but he’s familiar with slow starts. He had just one goal in October three seasons ago, and three for the month in 2016-17 … The Kings have yet to score a power-play goal: 0 for 3 on Monday and 0-for-20 for the season … The Leafs scored once on two man advantages and are 9-for-19 on the season.

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The 33-year-old Phaneuf is now on his fourth NHL team. He was selected ninth overall by the Calgary Flames in the 2003 draft, making his professional debut in 2005. He was then traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in early January 2010, where he was eventually made team captain. Seeking to rebuild, Toronto shipped him to Ottawa in February 2016 before his most recent move to California.

Takeaways: Nazem Kadri is goal-less in seven games after scoring 32 in each of the last two seasons, but he’s familiar with slow starts. He had just one goal in October three seasons ago, and three for the month in 2016-17 … The Kings have yet to score a power-play goal: 0 for 3 on Monday and 0-for-20 for the season … The Leafs scored once on two man advantages and are 9-for-19 on the season.

“He’s a great fit for our team, great player. Plays so hard too, stands up for his teammates all the time, always stands up for his teammates. We’re really happy to have him,” said Doughty. “I think the Leafs could probably use him now, having a veteran guy like that on the back end. We’re happy to have him here now and he’s going to help us.”

Kasperi Kapanen scored twice and the Maple Leafs got a solid night in goal from Garret Sparks to turn away the Kings 4-1 in their first game back on home ice after a 4-0-0 road trip. There was no letdown back at Scotiabank Arena. Mitch Marner and Patrick Marleau, with his first of the season, had the other goals for the Leafs, now winners of five in a row:

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Drew Doughty has won a Norris Trophy as the NHL’s best defenceman and a pair of Stanley Cups with the Los Angeles Kings. But he’ll be the first to tell you that he still needs work. That’s where Dion Phaneuf comes in.

Kasperi Kapanen scored twice and the Maple Leafs got a solid night in goal from Garret Sparks to turn away the Kings 4-1 in their first game back on home ice after a 4-0-0 road trip. There was no letdown back at Scotiabank Arena. Mitch Marner and Patrick Marleau, with his first of the season, had the other goals for the Leafs, now winners of five in a row:

The two defenceman have struck up a friendship since Phaneuf was traded by the Ottawa Senators to L.A. last season. Although Doughty is the more accomplished player, he’s relied on Phaneuf — five years his senior — to teach him the importance of leading by example.

“I get frustrated sometimes and I’ll take it out on either the refs or myself or my stick, whatever it may be,” said Doughty on Monday before the Kings’ 4-1 loss in Toronto. “He’s kind of taught me that when I’m showing frustration in myself it affects the whole team.

Talking point: Sparks was solid in his second start of the season. That was important with No. 1 goalie Freddie Andersen now out day-to-day with a knee injury. The Kings outshot the Leafs 34-25, including 15-8 in the second period.

“As a leader on this team I can’t be doing that and I’ve been working on it for years and sometimes I just go psycho. He’s really helped me with that and he’s a good person, a good friend.”

Numbers of note: Gardiner, while struggling to score, was second on the team in even-strength ice time (19:11 per game) and started the second-most five-on-five shifts in the defensive zone (43).

The 28-year-old Doughty has 102 goals and 322 assists over 11 seasons with Los Angeles. He is often a contender for the Norris, winning it in 2016, and helped the Kings with the Cup in 2012 and 2014.

Numbers of note: Gardiner, while struggling to score, was second on the team in even-strength ice time (19:11 per game) and started the second-most five-on-five shifts in the defensive zone (43).

Even still, L.A. head coach John Stevens admits that Doughty has struggled with discipline over his career, amassing 557 penalty minutes. But Stevens has noticed a difference in Doughty since Phaneuf arrived from Ottawa on Feb. 13.

Who’s next? Another measuring-stick game with Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Phil Kessel and the Pittsburgh Penguins in town Thursday night.

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“Drew’s a really passionate guy, it’s what makes him such a great player. Sometimes his passions turn into frustrations but I’d rather try to dampen a fire then try and light one,” said Stevens. “Dion’s been in the league a long time, he’s a really emotionally invested guy and Dion does a great job of riding that edge of emotion but not crossing the line of discipline.”

The 33-year-old Phaneuf is now on his fourth NHL team. He was selected ninth overall by the Calgary Flames in the 2003 draft, making his professional debut in 2005. He was then traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in early January 2010, where he was eventually made team captain. Seeking to rebuild, Toronto shipped him to Ottawa in February 2016 before his most recent move to California.

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“He’s a great fit for our team, great player. Plays so hard too, stands up for his teammates all the time, always stands up for his teammates. We’re really happy to have him,” said Doughty. “I think the Leafs could probably use him now, having a veteran guy like that on the back end. We’re happy to have him here now and he’s going to help us.”