Archive for January, 2012

Jeff Carter: Why Brian Burke Will Pass

January 31st, 2012 2 Comments

With the NHL trade deadline just four weeks away, plenty of rumors have surfaced, including the likes of Columbus Blue Jackets forward Jeff Carter joining the Toronto Maple Leafs. While no Maple Leaf players have been mentioned as possible candidates to join the Blue Jackets, the names of Clarke MacArthur, Luke Schenn and Mikhail Grabovski have been front in centre in just about every rumor involving the Maple Leafs. So, will Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke attempt to land Carter? At first glance, Carter, who stands 6’3” and weighs in at just under 200 pounds, has the size that Burke so desperately needs down the middle. That said, Carter is hardly known as a physical player, which is what Burke needs most. A former first round draft choice of the Philadelphia Flyers (11th overall) in the 2003 NHL

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Scott Hartnell To Dion Phaneuf: “Suck It”…

January 29th, 2012 10 Comments

Sunday Afternoon team Chara took on Team Alfredsson in what was supposed to be a fun-spirited All-Star event. For the most part, the players had fun, enjoyed themselves and put on a good show for the fans, but one incident will leave a bad taste in the mouths of many NHL fans and the fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs. With many players wearing microphones for the duration of the game the odd bout of questionable language was bound to be heard. That said, nobody was prepared for what Hartnell said after Maple Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf gave away the puck in his own zone, which led to a team Alfredsson goal when Henrik Sedin tipped one past goaltender Jimmy Howard at the 12:51 mark of the first period. Hartnell, who was added to the All-Star roster when several NHL

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Toronto Maple Leafs Trade Rumors: Dealing Luke Schenn?

January 29th, 2012 1 Comment

On January 25th the Toronto Maple Leafs announced they were signing veteran defenseman John-Michael Liles to a four-year $15.5 million contract extension, and with that announcement came more rumors that defenseman Luke Schenn was going to be on the trading block. We have already discussed the good, bad and the ugly of trading Luke Schenn, with the majority of Leaf fans feeling that, if the return was great enough, i.e.: a top-six forward, then Burke would have their blessing to trade Schenn—a player that was thought to be untouchable as little as last season. In the case of Schenn, at just 22-years of age, he has tremendous upside. To a team in need of a legitimate top-four defenseman with the ability to be a top-tier defenseman one day, Schenn offers hope that he can evolve into that stud defense-first D-man.

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Toronto Maple Leafs Extend John-Michael Liles

January 25th, 2012 2 Comments

The Toronto Maple Leafs have announced that they have signed veteran defenseman John-Michael Liles to a four-year, $15.5 million contract. The contract averages out to $3.875 million per season, which is a pay cut from his current salary which pays him $4.2 million this season. At 31 years of age, Liles’ new contract looks to be on-point for his combination of veteran leadership and abilities. Through 34 games, Liles has four goals and 17 assists for a total of 21 points. Over 557 career NHL games, Liles has scored 72 goals (including 35 power play markers), adding 224 assists for a total of 296 points. Originally drafted in the fifth round (159th overall) of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, Liles was acquired via trade from the Colorado Avalanche over the summer for the nominal price of a second round draft

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Toronto Maple Leafs Trade Rumors: Ryan Malone or Ryan Jones?

January 22nd, 2012 7 Comments

If you watched the Toronto Maple Leafs play the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night you will have noticed there were an awful lot of NHL general managers and scouts in the building. Of course, outside of the GM’s and scouts, you may also have noticed that the Maple Leafs failed to impose their will on the struggling Habs, who came away with a 3-1 victory over the limp-wristed Maple Leafs. That’s right, I said it, the Maple Leafs looked limp-wristed against the Habs, which is hard to do when you consider most of the NHL looks at Montreal as a skill team, rather than one that attempts to out-muscle its opponents. When Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke joined the Maple Leafs he promised to instill a brand of hockey that would feature plenty of testosterone, truculence and pugnacity.

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Digging A Hole: Maple Leafs Loss To Montreal Unacceptable

January 22nd, 2012 2 Comments

Heading into Saturday nights tilt against the Montreal Canadiens the Toronto Maple Leafs had lost three of their past four games, including two losses at Home. The Maple Leafs continued their downward trend, losing 3-1 to the Montreal Canadiens and losing valuable points in their pursuit of a playoff spot. In season’s past a 3-1 loss to the Habs might have been acceptable, but not this season, not when the Habs are struggling, not with the Maple Leafs talking playoffs. When you look back at Saturday night’s game you’ll be hard pressed to find excuses for the Blue and White. Even though Toronto got off to a decent start, they failed to skate for much of the first and second period’s, were guilty of taking the Canadiens (who had played the night before) too lightly and they failed to develop

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