Archive for November, 2010

Toronto Maple Leafs In Need Of A Player Of Substance

November 21st, 2010 No Comments

When Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke began he re-tolling of his club he promised to bring in a group of players that would play with an element of testosterone, Truculence and pugnacity. The additions of Dion Phaneuf, Kris Versteeg, Colton Orr, Colby Armstrong and Mike Komisarek were a move in the right direction but collectively, this group has failed to put the fear of God in the opposition. Now don’t get me wrong, the additions Burke has made are (in my eyes anyways) a big improvement on perimeter players such as Nik Hagman, Matt Stajan and Jason Blake (to name a few), but you get the feeling that the Maple Leafs are still in need of another player of substance/grit. There is a fine line between a player of grit and a player that simply fights (think Colton

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2010 NHL All-Star Game: Eight Unheralded Players Who Deserve Your All-Star Vote

November 19th, 2010 No Comments

The 2011 NHL All-Star Game is only just over three months away, and as the young 2010-’11 NHL season ages by the minute, the All-Star Game grows closer and closer. This past week, the NHL opened up the balloting on their website, nhl.com, for all fans to vote for their favorite players. The ballot includes 100 players to chose from (53 forwards, 29 defensemen, and 18 goalies) but the ballot also includes a write-in vote. Under the new system, fans vote for three forwards, two defensemen, and one goalie per ballot, and the top six vote-getters will be automatically named All-Stars. There won’t be many concerns from the top superstars, though, even when they’re not voted in at first; following the voting, the NHL will choose 36 more players to name All-Stars. The NHL hasn’t released the leaderboard yet, but we

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Is Brian Burke’s Plan Flawed?

November 19th, 2010 2 Comments

When Brian Burke took over the job as general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs from Cliff Fletcher many in Leafland were ready to start planning the Stanley Cup parade route right away. Burke, who had already won a Stanley Cup with the Anaheim Ducks had a reputation for shaking things up, making deals and, most importantly, making both players and management accountable for their actions or lack thereof. Burke promised a more competitive environment. He promised that the “cottage atmosphere” at the Air Canada Centre was over and he promised to add some much needed talent and depth to the Maple Leafs system. While nobody can argue that Burke has added an element of depth to the organization, one could argue that he has failed to add the talent. Blessed with the ability to shop for players via the

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Hey Mike Richards—Want Some Cheese With That Wine?

November 18th, 2010 No Comments

Accosted for his “cocky” play by Philadelphia Flyers captain Mike Richards, Montreal Canadiens rookie defenseman P.K. Subban must be having a hard time holding back his laughter. Afterall, it’s not often a player of Richards “reputation” calls out a player for his play, which, in retrospect, looks to be more a combination of confidence and vigor rather than the “cocky” label Richards chooses to put on Subban. In a statement made after Tuesday nights game between the Orange and Black and the Canadiens (a game in which Philly lost 3-0), Richards said Subban thinks he’s “better than a lot of people”. Richards went on to make a more detailed statement, saying, “It’s just frustrating to see a young guy like that come in here and so much as think that he’s better than a lot of people. You have to

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Toronto Maple Leafs: Still In Need of an Identity

November 17th, 2010 No Comments

When Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke took over the reigns from elder statesman Cliff Fletcher, he proudly boasted that his Toronto Maple Leafs would be a mirror image of himself, a team that would play with “pugnacity, testosterone and truculence.” Burke made that statement way back in November of 2008 and, to date, we (Leaf fans) are yet to see much of those traits from any of his players. Sure, pugilist Colton Orr can drop the gloves with the best of them, but does anyone really think any of the opposing players are shaking in their boots at the prospect of lining up against Orr? Fact is, outside of Dion Phaneuf—who only seems to be truculent when it suits him—nobody on the Maple Leafs current roster sends a message to the opposition. Disagree? Take another look at the

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NHL Breaking News: Carolina Hurricanes Trade For Ian White, Brett Sutter

November 17th, 2010 No Comments

The Carolina Hurricanes, and General Manager Jim Rutherford, have known that they needed some defensive help. They might just have found it in a very well-advised trade today with the Calgary Flames. Both teams have struggled as of late. The ‘Canes have been outscored by a combined score of 15-3 over their last two games and have given up 60 goals on the year, tied for second-most among all Eastern Conference teams. Meanwhile, Calgary has lost six of their last seven games and have quickly fallen nine points behind Northwest Division-leading Vancouver. However, the trade, in which the Flames send defenseman Ian White and left winger Brett Sutter to Carolina in exchange for defenseman Anton Babchuk and right winger Tom Kostopoulos, might have positive outcomes for both teams. Carolina will get a major defensive boost with 26-year-old Ian White. White had played

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