Archive for February, 2011

Toronto Maple Leafs: Brad Richards And Brian Burke’s Other Pending Moves?

February 18th, 2011 1 Comment

While there is no guarantee that Dallas Stars forward Brad Richards will hit the free agent market there is no denying that if/when Richards does hit the free agent market the competition for his services will be fast and furious. Through 56 games with the Dallas Stars Richards has registered a total of 24 goals and 63 points, good enough for seventh overall in the scoring race and enough to make Richards a very rich man this summer. Unlike many NHL stars that are one-dimensional, Richards brings a unique combination of playmaking ability, goal scoring, defensive prowess and character. Richards ranks 15th in goals (24), fifth in assists, 24th in power play goals, tenth in shots (215) and a faceoff percentage that ranks him 41st in the league at a 51.4% success rate. Clearly, when it comes to this summers

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Tomas Kaberle Traded To Boston: Brian Burke Nets Huge Return!

February 18th, 2011 No Comments

For the better part of two full seasons, veteran defenseman Tomas Kaberle has seen his name appear in just about every trade rumor surrounding the Toronto Maple Leafs. TSN is reporting that the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs are set to announce a deal involving the talented puck moving defenseman, which will see the Maple Leafs receive Bruins prospect Joe Colborne, the Bruins’ first round draft choice in the upcoming 2011 NHL Entry Draft and a conditional draft choice (believed to be the Bruins second rounder in 2012) in return. Kaberle, who hates the spotlight, had hinted that he was willing to waive his no-trade clause if he was dealt to Boston. Rumors started early this week that Kaberle had told Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke that he would accept a trade to Boston and only Boston

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Are The Toronto Maple Leafs Playoff Bound?

February 17th, 2011 No Comments

Heading into Thursday nights action the Toronto Maple Leafs sit in eleventh place in the Eastern Conference, a mere six points out of the eighth and final playoff spot. With a record of 25-27-6 the Maple Leafs don’t really look like a playoff team, but as the rise of the New Jersey Devils (8-1-1 in their past ten) and close to unbeatable for the better part of a month now, anything can happen. The question is, with three teams to pass, can the Maple Leafs get hot enough to capture the final playoff spot in the East? The obvious answer is, probably not, but as the saying goes, “stranger things have happened.” Last season the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference earned a total of 88 points (both the Philadelphia Flyers and Montreal Canadiens hit the 88 point mark), the

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NHL Trade Rumors: Will Colby Armstrong Be Moved?

February 15th, 2011 No Comments

Quietly, Toronto Maple Leafs general manager is righting the wrongs that he made in off-seasons past. Gone is veteran defenseman Francois Beauchemin, as is speedy forward Kris Versteeg, with a real possibility of more changes to come. At Monday nights press conference Burke announced that the Maple Leafs would receive the Philadelphia Flyers first and third round draft choice in 2011 in return for Versteeg. Along with that announcement Burke stated that he already had the Flyers third round draft choice in play in hopes of landing another forward to help fill the void left by Versteeg. When you look at next years payroll the Maple Leafs have a total of 12 players under contract at a cap hit of $35,170,000. That leaves Burke with $24,230,000 with which to sign ten players, one of which must be a top six forward,

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Kris Versteeg Headed to Philadelphia, Brain Burke Lands First Rounder

February 14th, 2011 No Comments

Several media outlets are reporting that the Toronto Maple Leafs have traded forward Kris Versteeg to the Philadelphia Flyers for a first and third round pick round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Burke said that he has already offered the third round draft choice for a plyer that could help the Leafs immediately, also lamenting that he had not given up on making the playoffs as the trading of Francois Beauchemin and Versteeg may indicate. Burke traded for Versteeg this summer, sending prospects Chris DiDomenico, Phillippe Paradis and Viktor Stalberg to the Chicago Blackhawks. Vesrteeg was seen as a possible fit on Toronto’s first line, but failed to click with sniper Phil Kessel, causing Versteeg to fall to the second unit and then to Toronto’s third line. By trading Versteeg Toronto will save $3,083,333 in cap space next season,

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NHL Trade Rumors: Who Will Replace Tomas Kaberle?

February 13th, 2011 No Comments

The Time for Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke to trade Tomas Kaberle was never better than last summer. Void of his no-trade clause, Kaberle was susceptible  to a move but Burke failed to pull the trigger on a deal, suggesting the returns being offered up by opposing GM’s were underwhelming. Given the lack of interest in Kaberle from NHL circles, Burke happily held onto Kaberle, where he has watched his veteran defenseman have an ordinary season on a team that has once again fallen short of expectations. Even with Kaberle struggling at times this season, in a league with few defenseman that can play upwards of 25 minutes per night, make a terrific outlet pass, run the power play and play with poise, Kaberle is expected to be sought after by several NHL teams. The Boston Bruins, New

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