Morning Mashup: Friday Morning Links


Quiet day for Leafs and Marlies content, but here are a few links for your Friday morning perusal:

Barons one win away from Western Conference Final
Looking like first-placed Oklahoma City – the Oilers’ AHL affiliate – will be the Marlies’ Western Conference Final opponent as the Barons have taken a 3-1 lead in their series against the San Antonio Rampage. The two teams are pretty unfamiliar with each other. With the AHL’s division heavy schedule, OKC and Toronto played only twice this season, splitting the season series. Ben Scrivens hasn’t even gotten a look at the Barons this season as Mark Owuya and Jussi Rynnas got those starts. If OKC closes it out, the Marlies would not have home ice advantage in a match up of the one and two seeds respectively.

Lashoff overcomes injury to become off-ice leader for the Marlies
Lashoff, who played in Game 4 for the Marlies in what was his first appearance this season due to a major knee injury, had been traveling with the team throughout the playoffs.

Fan Fuel: NHL players who need new teams
Luke Schenn is named alongside Tim Thomas, Roberto Luongo, Rick Nash and Jarome Iginla. The thought is certainly more fathomable than ever but unless he’s between the Leafs and a number one center, I think we’re better off seeing what he can do in a new season under a new – more defense-oriented – head coach.

Will Ryan Suter stay in Nashville after all?
Greg Wyshynski tells us not to count out the Predators just yet.

Reconstructing Patrick Kane’s Drunken Weekend in Madison
Patrick Kane might not be the only 23-year-old professional athlete who likes to party, but he’s got to be the worst at not drawing the attention of the public eye. This time his wild ways include allegations of choking a woman and uttering anti-semitic slurs. We can laugh because it isn’t our star player.

Call it a toss-up; No clear-cut favourite in Capitals-Rangers Game 7 showdown
Most Game 7s don’t have a clear cut favourite, but anyways, New Jersey’s opponent for the Eastern Conference finals is decided tomorrow at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers are 4-0 in Game 7s at MSG.