Archive for February, 2011

Should Brian Burke Re-sign J.S. Giguere?

February 2nd, 2011 No Comments

It wasn’t supposed to be this way. Fifty games into the 2010-11 season, Brian Burke was supposed to know who his goaltender of the future was going to be. Given the lack of results or lack of experience from his three most talented goaltenders, Burke is still unsure which way to turn. On the one hand, it would seem beneficial for Burke to turn his back on J.S. Giguere, trading the veteran goaltender to a playoff contender or allowing Giguere to escape Toronto this summer via free agency. On the other hand, if Giguere leaves, who could possibly step up in his absence? When Burke brought in Swedish goaltending sensation Jonas Gustavsson he touted the youngster as “the best goalie not playing in the NHL”. Unfortunately for Burke, through 65 career NHL games, Gustavsson has posted a 22-28-11 record with

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Are The Toronto Maple Leafs Improving?

February 1st, 2011 No Comments

Through 49 games last season the Toronto Maple Leafs had earned a total of 41 points, just two less than they have this season. Bolstered by the additions of Dion Phaneuf, J.S. Giguere, Fredrik Sjostrom, Keith Aulie and Luca Caputi late last season and the additions of Colby Armstrong, Kris Versteeg, Clarke MacArthur, Tim Brent, Mike Zigomanis, Mike Brown and Brett Lebda over the summer, expectations were high for the 2010-11 edition of the Blue and White. While the Maple Leafs have all but failed to improve in the points department, there are a couple of positives the team can take out of the first 49 games of the 2010-11 season, starting with a much improved power play. In 2009-10 the Maple Leafs ranked 30th on the power play with a 14 percent efficiency rate. Thus far the Buds are

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For Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke, Reality Bites!

February 1st, 2011 No Comments

In a recent poll conducted by the NHLPA and Hockey Night in Canada, the Toronto Maple Leafs took a licking and Maple Leafs’ general manager Brian Burke is not too happy about it. When 318 NHL players were asked which coach they’d least like to play for Toronto Maple Leafs bench boss Ron Wilson emerged as the victor. When asked where they least like to play, Toronto ranked fifth at five percent.. It has been reported that both responses caused Burke to throw a temper tantrum for the ages. While I admire Burke’s passion, the reality is, the players are likely bang on. Wilson has long been the discussion of numerous player feuds and his “calling out” of players is well documented in San Jose and here in Toronto. While Wilson’s coaching abilities are up for discussion, it’s tough to make

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