Archive for August, 2010

Vancouver Canucks Rumours and other Happenings around the NHL

August 24th, 2010 No Comments

  It has been reported on Sportsnet that UFA – Raffi Torres has signed a $1 million, one year contract with the Vancouver Canucks. It also has been floating around on some Tweets that Roberto Luongo would step aside and give up his captaincy to Henrik Sedin. Meanwhile Kevin Bieksa who has been working out at UBC has stated that his goal is to come into camp in good shape and that the trade rumours are out of his control.

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Toronto Maple Leafs: Thin Up Front And Tempting Disaster, Is Bill Guerin The Answer?

August 24th, 2010 No Comments

With so many Toronto Maple Leaf fans sidetracked with Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke adding that coveted top-six forward, few have taken the time to notice that, in the event of a lengthy injury to one of the Leafs top forwards, the Leafs may be doomed. With a top-six that currently features the likes of Kris Versteeg, Phil Kessel (who has only played a full 82 games once in four seasons), Tyler Bozak, Nikolai Kulemin, Michail Grabovski and Colby Armstrong the Leafs are already thin on top-end talent, a loss of one or more of those players for any significant time frame and the Leafs will be in big trouble. Sitting in the bottom six are Nazem Kadri (who could play second line centre if asked, *but he has to make the team first), Luca Caputi (who is still

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Toronto Maple Leafs: Ten Can’t Miss Games Of The 2010-11 Season

August 24th, 2010 1 Comment

With the 2010-11 season now just a few weeks away, many Toronto Maple Leaf fans have already circled several key match-ups as can’t miss games. For Leaf fans, games against their historic original six rivals— Montreal Canadiens, Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings, New York Rangers, and Chicago Blackhawks—instantly provides a spark to any game, regardless of where any of those teams are positioned in the standings. Of those five foes, the Maple Leafs will play the Canadiens and Bruins a total of six times each, the Rangers a total of four times—including three games in October, with the Blackhawks and Red Wings playing the Maple Leafs just once each. Outside of the original six match-ups, the Leafs have plenty of other key games and rivalries for Leaf fans to look forward to. Without further adieu, let’s take a look at

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Hits The Post

August 23rd, 2010 No Comments

Hits The Posts: Great articles you should check out! Is Tomas Fleischmann part of the problem? –NHL Hot Stove Coyotes 2010-11 Player Previews: Shane Doan- Five For Howling New Rules – Our Perspective- Rink Royalty If I Could Punch 5 NHL Players…Bolts By The Bay Islanders Forward Payroll: Living cheaply – for now Light House Hockey Grachev Not Ready Yet-The NY Ranger Blog Which Vancouver Canuck will Increase his Point Totals?- Nucks Iceman NHL 11 Demo Available- Blueline Station Taking care of business- Flaming Puck. NHL 2000′s All Decade Team- Isportsweb.com Got a Question you need answered? A unique article idea? Email me at mailto:theslapshotpucktalk@gmail.com where I will pick one question each week, posting my answers on my website at www.theslapshot.com Until next time, Peace!

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Toronto Maple Leafs: Tomas Kaberle or Ron Wilson, Which One Should Go???

August 22nd, 2010 No Comments

Originally drafted in the eighth round (132nd overall) of the 1975 NHL Entry Draft, Ron Wilson grinded out an NHL career spanning a total of 177 games, making stops in Toronto, Minnesota, ending his career with 26 goals and 93 points. After finishing his playing career with the Minnesota North Stars in 1987-88, Wilson took a coaching position with the Moncton Hawks of the AHL. Wilson made the leap to the NHL in a timely fashion, landing an assistant coaching position with the Vancouver Canucks in 1990-91. Wilson turned his three year apprenticeship with the Vancouver Canucks into a head coaching position with the Anaheim Ducks (who went by the “Mighty Ducks” back then) in 1993-94. Wilson quickly established himself as a visionary coach, insisting on adding technology as a coaching tool, going so far as to make it mandatory

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Toronto Maple Leafs: Will Brian Burke Re-Sign J.S. Giguere?

August 20th, 2010 1 Comment

When J.S. Giguere came over in a trade from the Anaheim Ducks organization to the Toronto Maple Leafs, many Leaf fans applauded the move as they felt Giguere would immediately solidify the Leafs between the pipes. What many Leaf fans didn’t take into account was the positive relationship Giguere would develop with rookie netminder Jonas “The Monster” Gustavsson and the importance that having a mentor like Giguere around could have on the young Swede. If you think back to last season, you will remember that just prior to Giguere coming to Toronto Gustavsson was struggling. There is a definite correlation between Giguere’s arrival and Gustavsson’s improvement, which was noticeable in every facet of the game. Since Giguere’s arrival, Gustavsson’s save percentage, goals against average, poise and overall play improved dramatically, which brings us to the question of whether or not

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