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Monday Morning Musings With Me The Big E : Burke, “Talks ‘Kulling’ Off”

June 7th, 2010 No Comments

Everyone has heard by now that talk between Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke and Nikolai Kulemin have stalled. What puzzles me is why this is such big news? Obviously with the Leafs not in the playoffs I suppose anything to do with the team is bound to be big news, I know I often find myself  ‘jonesing’ for some “Buds talk.” Young Kulemin and his agent are asking for around three million a season and Burke has reportedly not offered nearly that much. Burke said in an interview yesterday on AM 640 that the two sides hadn’t exchanged proposals in more than two weeks. The Maple Leafs GM said “While they can say: ‘he was on your first line last year,’ there is no one who would say Kulemin is a first line left winger.  He’s a first line


Monday Morning Musings With Me The Big E: NHL ‘Franchise Player’ Rule?

May 31st, 2010 No Comments

I write about hockey, a lot. I also read about hockey. I read about hockey teams and rumors, bloggers from all over the league and sports celebrities as well as so called hockey experts such as Al Strachan and Pierre Maguire. I however rarely read anything that gets me thinking like one article did last week. Patrick Storto of  The Checking wrote a piece about the possibility of the NHL adopting a ‘franchise player rule’ similar to the one that has been used in the NFL with varying degree’s of success. It isn’t the first time I’ve thought of this myself and I agree with Patrick’s idea but I think it’s important to provide a little background on the way it works in the NFL before I show you Patrick’s proposal. I couldn’t find a definite date on when


Monday Morning Musings With Me The Big E; Burke, The Worlds & More!

May 26th, 2010 No Comments

Rickard Wallin, Carl Gunnarsson and Jonas “The Monster” Gustavsson all had strong showings for Team Sweden in the 2010 IIHF World Hockey Championships and will add more hardware to the Leafs organization which already boasts three silver medals from the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Jonas Gustavsson played nine games in the tournament and boasted