Troy Bodie was recalled by the Leafs on Thursday in conjunction with news that the team had sent Greg McKegg
down to the Toronto Marlies. Here's what Bodie had to say about his recall...
On his season:
The season is going well so far. With the Marlies we started a little slow but we've found a way to win and score goals. Things have been good down there.
On what sparked the turnaround with the Marlies:
Connor (Brown) has been great, he was just selected to the all-star team, which is well-deserved. He has been really good for us. Some different looks in the lineup, too. We got Kozun back, Matt Frattin has really produced offensively for us. Just working the kinks out. The start of the season wasn't great but we ended up figuring it out.
On his recall:
I got a text late last night, I woke up to it and it looked like the real deal but in the back of my head I was thinking, "I don't know." (Bodie was recalled and assigned on Jan. 4) Those paper transactions are weird. You do what you have to do and it's nice to be here now.
On being back with the NHL club and his role:
I'll be playing a similar role. Just fourth line, grind, get in on the forecheck, force turnovers and be solid defensively.
On bringing physicality:
That's my game is to get in there and finish hits and take the body and be more of a presence. That's what I hope to bring... I just try to be solid, I understand my role and know what I have to do on the fourth line.
On re-joining the team before a West Coast swing:
Yeah, I had no idea. We have a game in LA on Monday and Anaheim, San Jose. I've seen those teams a lot and been on one so I'm excited.
On playing with Carrick:
He has been good. He's a solid centreman, he has lots of offensive upside, he's great defensively, a good penalty killer. He's an all-situations type of guy down there. He's a good fit for the third or fourth line up here. We were linemates quite a bit.
On the difference between the AHL and NHL games:
You go down there and you'd like to do a little bit more. You have more room to be offensive and hold on to pucks a little bit more whereas up here it's big dump and chase, especially on the fourth line where you get pucks out no matter what and get pucks deep no matter what. There you can err a bit more on the offensive side.
On familiar linemates easing the transition:
Yeah, absolutely. Sam is with us, I've played a lot with Trevor (Smith) and I even played with David (Booth) for his two games down with the Marlies. I'm definitely comfortable with guys and it makes the transition a lot easier.