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Toronto Maple Leafs—Montreal Canadiens Preview

December 11th, 2010 No Comments

Even when the Toronto Maple Leafs were amongst the worst teams in the NHL for years at a time the tradition rivalry of the Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens has always been a passionate one. …..wait a minute, that would be the case now, wouldn’t it? I mean, the Leafs have been struggling to put up wins for the better part of a decade and this season has been no exception. Yes Leaf fans, the Blue and White have been a disgrace on more evenings than not this season, leading to just five wins in their past 20 games, causing many Maple Leaf fans to call for the heads of general manager Brian Burke, head coach Ron Wilson and a multitude of players which includes sniper Phil Kessel who has a paltry three goals over that same 20 game stretch.

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NHL Trade Rumors: What Is Phil Kessel Worth On The Open Market?

December 1st, 2010 2 Comments

Season after season Toronto Maple Leaf fans patiently await for the day that their beloved Buds will finally make the leap from obscurity to contender. A little over a quarter of the way through the season it appears as if the Leaf Nation will once again have to deal with disappointment. Despite what some fans are calling a more spirited effort, the Maple Leafs currently sit 27th overall in the standings, a mere five points from the bottom and just two points up on the New Jersey Devils (18) and Edmonton Oilers. The acquisitions of Phil Kessel, Colby Armstrong, Dion Phaneuf, Fredrik Sjostrom, J.S. Giguere, Kris Versteeg and others have, thus far, failed to bring a better result than last years crew that finished the season 29th overall. The special teams are a mess, the coaching has been questionable and,

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Pat Burns Will Live On In All Of Our Hearts

November 22nd, 2010 No Comments

This weekend one of the best coaches in NHL history passed away after a long battle with cancer. While there is no question that hockey has lost a great coach, as good a coach as Pat Burns was, from all accounts he was an equally fine individual. As a lifelong Toronto Maple Leaf fan I can recall the announcement that Burns was joining the Leafs, I was estatic. For many, it was the turning point in an otherwise lethargic franchises lineage, for, in Pat Burns, we all believed our team would be better. Known for his hard work, ability to communicate with players, fairness and gruff demeanor behind the bench, Burns was the kind of coach that players would go through a wall for. Like a super star player, Burns was as much of an icon in Toronto as anyone, in

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2010 NHL All-Star Game: Eight Unheralded Players Who Deserve Your All-Star Vote

November 19th, 2010 No Comments

The 2011 NHL All-Star Game is only just over three months away, and as the young 2010-’11 NHL season ages by the minute, the All-Star Game grows closer and closer. This past week, the NHL opened up the balloting on their website, nhl.com, for all fans to vote for their favorite players. The ballot includes 100 players to chose from (53 forwards, 29 defensemen, and 18 goalies) but the ballot also includes a write-in vote. Under the new system, fans vote for three forwards, two defensemen, and one goalie per ballot, and the top six vote-getters will be automatically named All-Stars. There won’t be many concerns from the top superstars, though, even when they’re not voted in at first; following the voting, the NHL will choose 36 more players to name All-Stars. The NHL hasn’t released the leaderboard yet, but we

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Toronto Maple Leafs: Still In Need of an Identity

November 17th, 2010 No Comments

When Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke took over the reigns from elder statesman Cliff Fletcher, he proudly boasted that his Toronto Maple Leafs would be a mirror image of himself, a team that would play with “pugnacity, testosterone and truculence.” Burke made that statement way back in November of 2008 and, to date, we (Leaf fans) are yet to see much of those traits from any of his players. Sure, pugilist Colton Orr can drop the gloves with the best of them, but does anyone really think any of the opposing players are shaking in their boots at the prospect of lining up against Orr? Fact is, outside of Dion Phaneuf—who only seems to be truculent when it suits him—nobody on the Maple Leafs current roster sends a message to the opposition. Disagree? Take another look at the

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NHL Breaking News: Carolina Hurricanes Trade For Ian White, Brett Sutter

November 17th, 2010 No Comments

The Carolina Hurricanes, and General Manager Jim Rutherford, have known that they needed some defensive help. They might just have found it in a very well-advised trade today with the Calgary Flames. Both teams have struggled as of late. The ‘Canes have been outscored by a combined score of 15-3 over their last two games and have given up 60 goals on the year, tied for second-most among all Eastern Conference teams. Meanwhile, Calgary has lost six of their last seven games and have quickly fallen nine points behind Northwest Division-leading Vancouver. However, the trade, in which the Flames send defenseman Ian White and left winger Brett Sutter to Carolina in exchange for defenseman Anton Babchuk and right winger Tom Kostopoulos, might have positive outcomes for both teams. Carolina will get a major defensive boost with 26-year-old Ian White. White had played

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