Archive for May, 2011

Is Patience The Key To Toronto Maple Leafs Re-Tooling?

May 23rd, 2011 1 Comment

With the NHL’s free agent frenzy looming, there is every reason to believe that Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke will be actively pursuing an unrestricted free agent or two in order to help firm up what many fans of the Blue and White believe to be a playoff team in 2011-12. At the top of Burke’s wish list is a top-flight centre, as well as a puck moving defenseman and perhaps a quality backup goaltender as insurance for the soon to be sophomore James Reimer. A quick look at this summers UFA list reveals that there are very few centres that would be able to serve as a true number one—actually, there is Brad Richards and not much else. If you believe what Richards said to reporters while visiting Toronto last season, there is hope that he will

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2011 NHL Free Agency: Restricted Free Agent Class Is Scary Good

May 12th, 2011 No Comments

With the Stanley Cup Playoffs in full swing, fans of the Detroit Red Wings, San Jose Sharks, Tampa Bay Lightning, Boston Bruins and Vancouver Canucks patiently await the fate of their beloved hockey teams. For the 25 other fan bases thoughts of next season are already running through their heads. For many, the answer to their teams problems lies with their general managers ability to bring in a top notch free agent to bolster their favorite teams lineup. Brad Richards, Tomas Vokoun, Ilya Bryzgalov, Michael Ryder, Andrei Markov, Nik Lidstrom, Kevin Bieska, James Wisniewski, Christian Erhoff and Joni Pitkanen arguably represent the ten most valuable unrestricted free agents on the market. That said, it is the restricted free agents that have NHL teams sweating buckets and NHL fans drooling at the possibilities. A quick look at the RFA’s shows that this

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Washington Capitals Playoff Failure Means They Will Make Changes

May 5th, 2011 2 Comments

Looking back at the Washington Capitals 2009-10 and 2010-11 early playoff exits there is no way to sugar coat it—they were/are an epic fail. After winning the Presidents Trophy as the NHL’s top regular season team in 2009-10, the Capitals lost a first round matchup against the eighth seeded Montreal Canadiens. The seven game series raised a number of eyebrows both in the dressing room and with the Caps upper management—both of which demanded change for the upcoming 2010-11 season. Head coach Bruce Boudreau did his best to change the culture and the way his troops approached the game this season by asking them to play a tighter, more defensive minded style of play, which, in the minds of many, would help the Caps become a legitimate Stanley Cup contender. As a result of the changes, the Capitals found themselves

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