Archive for August, 2012

Some Thoughts On The CBA Negotiations

August 3rd, 2012 2 Comments

As much as we all want to see NHL hockey this fall, there is still the tricky matter of the Collective Bargaining Agreement that must be signed before the puck drops on the 2012-13 NHL season. Like any negotiation the CBA is going to take time and there is going to be a lot of back and fourth from both the players union and the owners/NHL. Recently the NHL threw the first stone sending an opening offer that, in the minds of many, looked to take more than their fair share from the players. The current CBA affords the players a 57 percent share of league revenues, calls for players to wait seven years before they can file for free agency, allows for salary arbitration and allows teams to sign players for any term they wish—although the NHL reserves the

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Why Mikhail Grabovski Should Be The Number One Centre In Toronto

August 3rd, 2012 2 Comments

With the Toronto Maple Leafs looking as if they will once again fail to address their biggest need this off-season, a first line centre, Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke will likely look to  James van Riemsdyk to solve their problems down the middle. With van Riemsdyk set to give centre “a try” at training camp, head coach Randy Carlyle will have to start from square one with an inexperienced 23-year old that is more adept to playing left wing than the highly demanding centre position. While JVR has played some centre at the College level, he has little experience at the NHL level and there is a huge difference between the two. Any forward position is demanding, centre requires excellent skating, a keen ability to find players in opem ice, a slew of defensive responsibilities (which is a weak spot

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The Clock Is Ticking On Mike Komisarek and Tim Connolly

August 2nd, 2012 7 Comments

Since joining the Maple Leafs in November of 2008 Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke has received his fair share of praise and criticism for the various trades and free agent acquisitions. When you consider all of the trades Burke has made his overall work would earn him a passing grade in the minds of many. Where Burke has struggled is the free agent market where (amongst others) he has acquired two brutal contracts in Tim Connolly and Mike Komisarek. While there is still time for Connolly to make amends for last season, the ship has clearly sailed on Komisarek who, barring some kind of miracle, will probably see more time in the press box than he will on the ice next season. In Connolly (31), Burke was hoping he had found a player that could play between Phil Kessel

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