Archive for July, 2012

Rick Nash Not Coming To Toronto

July 10th, 2012 No Comments

According to The Columbus Dispatch, Columbus Blue Jackets forward Rick Nash has a list of six teams he would be willing to be traded to, and that list does not include the Toronto Maple Leafs. The New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Boston Bruins, San Jose Sharks, Detroit Red Wings and Philadelphia Flyers are said to be on Nash’s list, all of which look to be good bets to be Stanley Cup contenders both now and for the foreseeable future. So why not the Maple Leafs? First, Toronto can be a pain in the arse to play in. Unrelenting media attention, a general manager in Brian Burke who seems to be unable to land a proper centre for Nash to play with and the pressure of not winning a Cup in Toronto since 1967 are all factors for Nash, or any

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Toronto Maple Leafs Sign Korbinian Holzer

July 9th, 2012 3 Comments

The Toronto Maple Leafs have announced that they have re-signed defenseman Korbinian Holzer to a one-year, one-way deal. Financial terms of the deal are yet to be released. Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke traded defenseman Luke Schenn to the Philadelphia Flyers in return for forward James van Riemsdyk earlier this summer, leaving Toronto with a hole to fill in their top-six. With Holzer signing a one-way deal, it would appear as if we can pencil him into the Maple Leafs everyday roster. Originally drafted in the fourth round (111th overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft by the Maple Leafs, Holzer stands 6’3” and weighs in at 205 pounds. Known as a shutdown defenseman, Holzer was easily the Toronto Marlies best defenseman last season. Through 67 games with Toronto’s AHL affiliate, Holzer netted one goal and added 19

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Is Brian Burke Running Out Of Options?

July 4th, 2012 8 Comments

NHL fans around the globe were in awe today when free agents Zach Parise and Ryan Suter each signed 13-year, $98 million deals with the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday afternoon. While the Parise signing wasn’t a huge surprise, the Suter signing took a lot of people by surprise, especially the fans and management team of the Detroit Red Wings, who felt they had a good shot at signing Suter in an attempt to off-set the loss of perennial all-star Nik Lidstrom, who announced his retirement this summer. A number of other deals have been signed this summer, but none of them were as dramatic as the Parise/Suter signings, and we probably won’t see another day like this in quite some time. So what has Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke done thus far? Well, for starters, Burke went hard

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