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The Globe and Mail’s James Mirtle is reporting that the Leafs have cut 23 players from their training camp roster. This list – which features hardly any surprises – can be found below.

Assigned to AHL: Will Acton, Tyler Brenner, Matt Caruana, Dave Cowan, Jamie Devane, Josh Engel, Brayden Irwin, Kyle Neuber, Denny Urban, Kelsey Wilson

Assigned to Junior: David Broll (Sault Ste. Marie), Sam Carrick (Brampton), Andrew Crescenzi (Kitchener), Josh Leivo (Sudbury), Josh Nicholls (Saskatoon), Sondre Olden (Erie), Stuart Percy (Mississauga), Brad Ross (Portland), Garret Sparks (Guelph)

Released from Try-out: Garrett Clarke, Mitchell Heard, Mike Schwindt, Matt Stanisz

My thoughts on the cuts:

  • Mitchell Heard is the only name on the list I’m somewhat upset about. Although unspectacular, Heard had a good showing in the rookie tournament, not unlike Andrew Crescenzi‘s last year which landed him an ELC.
  • Kenny Ryan remains. He’s likely AHL bound, but his strong game against Ottawa has shown the brass he might be ready for prime time.
The following players remain on the Toronto Maple Leafs training camp roster.

Colby Armstrong 6’2 195 Forward

Darryl Boyce 6’0 200 Forward

Tyler Bozak 6’1 195 Forward

Mike Brown 5’11 205 Forward

Luca Caputi 6’3 200 Forward

Joe Colborne 6’5 213 Forward

Tim Connolly 6’1 190 Forward

Joey Crabb 6’1 190 Forward

Jerry D’Amigo 5’11 213 Forward

Philippe Dupuis 6’0 196 Forward

Matt Frattin 6’0 200 Forward

Mikhail Grabovski 5’11 183 Forward

Richard Greenop 6’4 246 Forward

Ryan Hamilton 6’2 230 Forward

Nazem Kadri 6’0 188 Forward

Phil Kessel 6’0 202 Forward

Nikolai Kulemin 6’1 225 Forward

Matthew Lombardi 5’11 195 Forward

Joffrey Lupul 6’1 206 Forward

Clarke MacArthur 6’0 191 Forward

Greg McKegg 6’0 195 Forward

Dale Mitchell 5’9 200 Forward

Marcel Mueller 6’3 232 Forward

Colton Orr 6’3 222 Forward

Jay Rosehill 6’3 215 Forward

Kenny Ryan 6’0 210 Forward

Greg Scott 6’0 193 Forward

Mike Zigomanis 6’0 200 Forward

Keith Aulie 6’5 217 Defence

Jesse Blacker 6’2 190 Defence

Jeff Finger 6’1 209 Defence

Cody Franson 6’5 213 Defence

Jake Gardiner 6’2 184 Defence

Carl Gunnarsson 6’2 196 Defence

Simon Gysbers 6’4 200 Defence

Korbinian Holzer 6’3 205 Defence

Mike Komisarek 6’4 243 Defence

Matt Lashoff 6’2 204 Defence

John-Michael Liles 5’10 185 Defence

Juraj Mikus 6’4 210 Defence

Dion Phaneuf 6’3 214 Defence

Luke Schenn 6’2 229 Defence

Jonas Gustavsson 6’3 192 Goaltender

Mark Owuya 6’2 198 Goaltender

James Reimer 6’2 212 Goaltender

Jussi Rynnas 6’5 212 Goaltender

Ben Scrivens 6’2 192 Goaltender

Damien Cox of the Toronto Star speculates that unsigned Coyotes forward Kyle Turris could be a trade option for the Maple Leafs, stating that very preliminary talks may have taken place between Brian Burke and Coyotes GM Don Maloney. He goes on to say that Tyler Bozak could be the asking price for the former third overall pick of the 2007 entry draft.

In my opinion, this could be a great deal; or it could blow up in our face. It’s not known for sure if it would just be Bozak for Turris straight up, but at this point in time it would be a hell of a hard decision to determine who has more value.

Turris has more offensive potential than Bozak, but currently is (and projects to be) a better all around player.

What are everyone else’s thoughts on this?

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