Archive for August, 2010

Toronto Maple Leafs: Season May Be Won or Lost Down the Middle

August 17th, 2010 No Comments

As much as it pains me to write this, Toronto Maple Leaf fans look to be headed for another long/frustrating season in 2010-11. While the Leafs will be a tougher team to play against, if general manager Brian Burke hits the floor running with the likes of Tyler Bozak, Nazem Kadri, Mikhail Grabovski, and Christian Hanson down the middle they will lose more battles and more games than they win. Want proof? Here is a sample of the top three centres from the top eight Eastern Conference teams as projected by The Hockey News: Boston Bruins: Marc Savard, David Krejci, Patrice Bergeron  Buffalo Sabres: Derek Roy, Tim Connolly, Paul Gaustad Montreal Canadiens: Scott Gomez, Tomas Plekanec, Dustin Boyd  Ottawa Senators: Jason Spezza, Mike Fisher, Peter Regin Pittsburgh Penguins: Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jordan Staal Philadelphia Flyers: Mike Richards, Jeff Carter,

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Raffi Torres: Will He Be a Maple Leaf This Season?

August 16th, 2010 No Comments

With the Tomas Kaberle saga now over, many Toronto Maple Leaf fans are left asking themselves what Leafs general manager Brian Burke’s next move will be? Many media experts have suggested the fact that Ilya Kovalchuk is still on the market handicapped Burke’s ability to trade Kaberle. Combine that with the availability of defenseman Kevin Bieksa from the Vancouver Canucks and free agent defenseman Willie Mitchell and you have what many NHL GMs perceive as a glut of defensive talent available. Regardless of the current market conditions, Burke still needs to add another forward—preferably a centre that can feed Phil Kessel the puck. While many Leafs fans are suggesting the bigger need for the Leafs is a winger, I think at this point the entire Leafs Nation would accept just about anything as long as that player can put the

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Tomas Kaberle Stays With The Toronto Maple Leafs: What Now?

August 16th, 2010 No Comments

For those of you that sat by your computer all day in hopes of being one of the first to catch a glimpse of the Tomas Kaberle trade, I know your pain. It’s 12:01, and Kaberle is still a Maple Leaf! Rumored to be headed to numerous NHL teams for weeks, Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke was unable to find a suitable return for what Burke deemed to be a tremendous asset in Kaberle. Here is a copy of Brian Burke’s official press release: “The hockey club confirms this evening that Tomas Kaberle remains a Leaf. While a number of Clubs made offers to trade for Tomas, none of them reflected Tomas’s value to our team. I understand a period like this is stressful to the player, and we are pleased that there is a resolution, and we

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Tomas Kaberle Update: Is Kaberle Going To Remain a Toronto Maple Leaf?

August 15th, 2010 No Comments

TSN’s Darren Dreger is reporting that, while Brian Burke has been fielding offers for veteran defenseman Tomas Kaberle, that, thus far, the offers have been underwhelming. “If these offers are all we get…he’s staying put,” Burke told TSN on Sunday morning. With no legitimate offers on the table and with just over twelve hours to go before Kaberle’s no-trade clause is re-instated, it appears as if, unless offers improve dramatically, that Kaberle will remain a Maple Leaf. If Kaberle does remain a Leaf, one has to think that Burke will be forced into looking at other trade options, including moving the likes of Francois Beauchemin or Luke Schenn for that coveted top-six, scoring forward. If Burke was able to turn Beauchemin or Schenn into a top-six forward you gotta believe most Leaf fans would be thrilled, especially when you consider

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Tomas Kaberle: Looks Like A Deal Will Come Down to the Wire

August 15th, 2010 No Comments

With about 26 hours to go before Tomas Kaberle’s no-trade clause goes back into effect the entire hockey world is at the mercy of Toronto Maple Leafs general manager to close the deal. Burke, who has been sifting through offers for Kaberle for weeks now, has a penchant fro the dramatic. I would not put it past Burke to wait until the final seconds before he makes his decision to keep Kaberle or accept a trade offer for the coveted veteran defenseman. ESPN’s Scott Burnside recently Tweeted that Burke is telling reporters that it is looking more and more like Kaberle will remain with the Leafs—but I am not buying that. Somewhere, you just know that Burke has his feet up, laughing at the media, who, with little in the way of hockey news to report on, are chomping at

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Tomas Kaberle: The Five Best Fits for Kabby

August 15th, 2010 1 Comment

The jury is still out on whether or not Toronto Maple Leafs veteran defensemen Tomas Kaberle will be traded, but with just over 24 hours to go before Kaberle’s no-trade clause kick’s back in, there seems to be a number of teams that are interested in Kaberle’s services. Leafs general manager Brian Burke has said that he would prefer to bring in a top six forward that can help elevate the Leafs into a playoff position as early as this season. But he said he would consider a “futures package” that may include one or more prospects and/or draft picks coming to Toronto. While there has been plenty of speculation as to which teams appear to be interested in Kaberle, there has been no confirmation. Of that teams that may be interested in Kaberle only a few may offer a

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