#1 transition to closer after Rivera reti by jinshuiqian0713 27.09.2019 04:06

DENVER – The story of Jonathan Cheechoo is one that offers caution to the 23-year-old centre plugging the Maple Leafs third line. Now playing for Moscow Dynamo, Cheechoo led the NHL with an astounding 56 goals as a 25-year-old with the Sharks and was gone from the league entirely less than five years later. Its a funny game that way, says Peter Holland, far from making it himself just yet. They say one of the hardest things to do is to get to the NHL, but its even harder to stay here. If there is that opportunity where I can say Ive made it, who knows maybe Ill be 38 years old. Eight picks after Toronto plucked Nazem Kadri with the seventh overall selection in 2009 did Anaheim spring for the Caledon, Ontario-born Holland, who rung up 67 points in 68 games that year with Guelph. Five years down the line and now 80 games into his NHL career, Holland is in the earliest stages of securing his place in a league that will chews up those that cant stick quickly and banishes them elsewhere. He was an up-and-down type for the Leafs last year – his first in Toronto – bouncing between the NHL and AHL with varying degrees of success (he had a dominant playoff with the Marlies), but its now, with opportunity at hand, that he needs to show why he belongs in the league. Holland has moved up in the lineup and is drawing bigger minutes with Joffrey Lupul sidelined – including a season-high of more than 16 minutes over the weekend. Hes also added power-play duty in Lupuls absence and is killing penalties for the first time since those junior days with the Storm. Simply put, his opportunity has never been better to show how and why he belongs. We know what Peter can do, said Leafs assistant and former Marlies coach Steve Spott. Obviously I saw it firsthand in the American Hockey League last year. I thought he was the best player in the American League last year. And now hes starting to find that here. Hes playing on the power-play now with [Kadri], hes killing penalties and his minutes are going up. Hes also slowly earning the sometimes difficult faith of head coach Randy Carlyle. That wasnt the case often a year ago – Hollands minutes were often overtaken by the veteran hand of Jay McClement. Thats a real big word for coaches is trust and I think Petes now got that from Randy, Spott said. Now hes got to keep it. In doing so, Spott says, Holland needs to be responsible with the puck and without it. And for young players that can be a challenge. It was Hollands ill-timed drop pass to Jake Gardiner behind the Toronto goal Tuesday night that precipitated Gardiners error and the Coyotes first goal. With trust from the coach, however, Holland admits to feeling more confident, more willing to hang onto the puck and try to make a play from time to time. He knows he needs to become more difficult for opponents to play against, more refined and aware away from the biscuit, more disruptive on the forecheck, and far better in the faceoff circle. My game is having the puck, making plays with the puck, said Holland. I dont make too many mistakes when I do have the puck, but its a matter of putting myself in position to have it more. Holland has just three points in 12 games this fall – including the game-winning goal over Chicago on Saturday – and poor possession numbers, but some of that has to be attributed to the sparse minutes he drew early on Torontos fourth line. Since moving into the third unit centre gig – alongside Leo Komarov and Mike Santorelli – those possession stats have improved and hes become a much more noticeable presence on the ice, using the size, speed and skill that made him a first round pick. And that has to become the norm for him to succeed. Though he boasts a new two-year deal and cant go down to the Marlies again without waivers – thereby keeping him in the NHL barring some unforeseen drop-off – Holland still must determine what kind of player he can be for the Leafs, establish himself as a piece of their future. He looks enviously at Bruins all-around ace David Krejci and sees a model to follow. I look at a guy like that and think thats something I want to strive towards, Holland said. He sees a player in Krejci that Claude Julien and the Bruins count on across the board, someone who rose up the ranks of a depth chart to become the leading scorer of a Stanley Cup champ. I want to be a guy that can be counted on in all situations, he says, whether were down a goal in the last couple minutes [and] I need to be put there to get one for us. Or if were up a goal, be trusted to shut the other team down. Its something that you just need to keep building towards. Holland was one of those players in the desert on Tuesday. He was there on the Gila River Arena ice in the final minute of the third period with the Leafs pushing for one more goal – they wouldnt get it, falling 3-2 to Arizona. Thats what he wants, but its also what he has to earn. And thats a process hes only just beginning. I dont know if you can ever really take your foot off the gas pedal, Holland said. Its a funny game in the sense that if you go on a bit of a slide, next thing you know they bring in the next better kid. Theres always kids up and coming trying to take your spot. Cheap Shoes From China .While Rosberg is coming off a strong victory at the Brazilian Grand Prix, Hamilton is dwelling on a mistake that ended his streak of five consecutive wins and kept him from increasing his advantage. Discount Shoes For Sale . Rajon Rondo had 18 of Bostons season-high 38 assists and the Celtics committed just seven turnovers in a 118-111 win over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday night. https://www.wholesaleshoesusa.com/. 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Robertson posted two saves in three games as the replacement for retired Yankees closer Mariano Rivera before getting hurt. Robertson said he felt discomfort during Sundays outing at Toronto, and doesnt expect to be sidelined for more than 15 days. The 25-year-old Cabral made his major league debut last year with the Yankees, pitching 3 2-3 innings. He had a 0.00 ERA in 9 1-3 innings during spring training this year. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he wanted to add another left-hander with the team facing the Orioles and Boston this week. Robertson felt discomfort Sunday five or six pitches into the ninth inning of a 6-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays, his second save in three outings this season. "Its really disappointing," Robertson said Monday after New York beat Baltimore 4-2 in its home opener. "I wouldve loved to have been out there pitching the ninth today, especially on opening day here." Instead, Robertson had an MRI that revealed a Grade 1 strain and setup man Shawn Kelley earned his first career save. Kelly pitched a perfect ninth that ended with him catching a toss from first baseman Kelly Johnson and keeping the game ball.dddddddddddd "Exciting," said Kelley, who learned Sunday night he might fill in for Robertson. Robertson doesnt expect his absence to last more than the required 15 days. "Anytime I sit for a handful of days I feel good as gold," Robertson said. "I think it will be rest a little while, play catch and get a bullpen and get right back in there." Robertson made a smooth transition to closer after Rivera retired at the end of last season with a major league-record 652 saves. An All-Star setup man, Robertson was only eight for 18 in save chances during six seasons before taking over the role. Hes allowed one hit in three scoreless innings this year. The Yankees bullpen was impressive without him Monday. Adam Warren pitched the eighth and after a leadoff walk he retired three straight, striking out All-Stars Adam Jones and Chris Davis to end the inning. "Were going to try to step up and fill that void for a brief period of time," Warren said. Also, first baseman Mark Teixeira had an MRI that confirmed he had a Grade 1 right hamstring strain. Placed on the DL Saturday, Teixeira thinks he will only need the minimum time out. He said he will begin an exercise program Tuesday. "I knew that it wasnt anything major when I did it," Teixeira said. ' ' '

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