Archive for March, 2011

Toronto Maple Leafs: Seven Players That Won’t Be back Next Season

March 23rd, 2011 1 Comment

With the 2010-11 NHL season winding down and with the Toronto Maple Leafs looking like they will once again miss the playoffs, Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke has some tough decisions to make with regards to the roster he wants to send over the boards for the 2011-12 season. While it is tough to speculate on which players Burke will bring into the fold via free agency this summer, there are more than a few players within the organization that appear to be on their way out. With that in mind, let’s take a look at Seven players that will not be wearing the Blue and White of the Toronto Maple Leafs next season. J.S. Giguere, Goaltender, Toronto Maple Leafs: When Brian Burke traded for J.S. Giguere it was thought that he could help bring along goaltending prospect Jonas

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Does Christian Hanson Still Fit Into Brian Burke’s Plan?

March 22nd, 2011 No Comments

Signed as a free agent out of the U.S. College ranks in 2009 by Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke, Christian Hanson has struggled to make an impact with the Maple Leafs organization. Known as a gritty, yet disciplined player, Hanson has seen little NHL action this season, spending most of his time developing with the Maple Leafs American Hockey League Affiliate, the Toronto Marlies. Hanson has amassed a total of 13 goals and 30 points through 50 games with the Marlies, while contunuing to improve his two-way play and develop his offensive game. While defensively competent and physically strong, Hanson struggles to find the net, especially at the NHL level where has registered a total of three goals in 42 career NHL games. To be fair, outside of the 2009-10 season where he played in 31 NHL games (netting

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Matt “Cooke-d” For At Least 14 Games

March 21st, 2011 No Comments

NHL senior executive vice president of hockey operations Colin Campbell issued a statement today saying:  “Mr. Cooke, a repeat offender, directly and unnecessarily targeted the head of an opponent who was in an unsuspecting and vulnerable position. This isn’t the first time this season that we have had to address dangerous behavior on the ice by Mr. Cooke, and his conduct requires an appropriately harsh response.” Campbell was referring to Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cooke’s suspension for his dangerous hit on New York Rangers forward Ryan McDonagh for which Cooke will be suspended for the rest of the regular season and the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. What it amounts to is a suspension that will last at least 14 games (ten regular season, four or more playoff games).  This latest suspension marks the second time Cooke has

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Toronto Maple Leafs: Is Brian Burke’s Bottom Six Good Enough?

March 21st, 2011 No Comments

When Brian Burke was hired to be the Toronto Maple Leafs president and general manager in November of 2008, there were a lot of Maple Leaf fans who were ecstatic that the franchise had finally delivered on bringing in one of the top men in hockey. While nobody is taking anything away from Cliff Fletcher (the man Burke replaced), there is no question that when you consider Burke’s education, league experience, draft record, personal awards and Stanley Cup Championship, Burke was “the man” for the job. When Burke arrived in Toronto, he promised to bring in players who were ready and able to drop the gloves while bringing a compete level that would be the envy of the NHL. “We require, as a team, proper levels of pugnacity, testosterone, truculence and belligerence. That’s how our teams play,” said Burke. “I

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Toronto Maple Leafs: The Top Six UFA’s Brian Burke May Target This Summer

March 19th, 2011 1 Comment

Free Agency. For the players it is often like hitting the lottery, for NHL general managers, it often spells the difference between making the playoffs and finding yourself in the unemployment line. While most free agent signings work out for both parties there are plenty of examples of big money signings gone wrong. For Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke, the summer of 2011 might just be the most important of his career as he must identify organizational needs and decide which ones he intends on filling from within, while filling the holes with a potential free agent signing. Most fans will agree that the Maple Leafs are still at least three or four players from becoming a legitimate playoff team. Some the holes on the current roster include question marks between the pipes, a lack of power play

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Toronto Maple Leafs Blow It Versus The Florida Panthers

March 18th, 2011 No Comments

When you look at the Toronto Maple Leafs season it is easy to point to their eight game slump in late October through early November as the catalyst as to why they are so close, yet so far away from a playoff spot this season. On the other hand, last night’s game against the Florida Panthers is another example of a missed opportunity to further their chances at making the playoffs for the first time since what seems like a decade ago. Fresh off the heels of an impressive win against the Carolina Hurricanes (who are also right in the playoff mix) on Wednesday night the Maple Leafs put in a listless, often mistake-prone effort against the Panthers, a team that is well out of the Eastern Conference playoff race. Its games like these that playoff teams win, its games

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