Archive for the ‘Pressing Debates’ Category

Phil Kessel: How Long Will The “Experiment” Last?

December 8th, 2010 No Comments

Over the summer, Toronto Maple Leaf fans debated the merits of general manager Brain Burke bringing in another top six forward. Some felt a winger was of the utmost importance, others (including myself) felt a centre was a bigger need, everyone agreed more depth was needed. Those that felt a centre was not necessary felt sophomore forward Tyler Bozak would be able to handle the load on the top line while others pointed to the emerging Nazem Kadri as being the answer. Through 24 games the Maple Leafs had “earned” a record of 8-12-4. The power play was mediocre at best, the penalty kill was a shambles, the offense was anemic and the overall forward group was being criticized for a lack of results. Throughout the first 24 games head coach Ron Wilson tweaked his top-six forwards a number of

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NHL Trade Rumors: Can Brian Burke Pull One Off?

December 5th, 2010 1 Comment

Ever get into a fight with an Irishman? How about a drunken Irishman? Well, I have, and I can tell you from experience, regardless of the outcome of the fight one thing is for certain, that Irishman will never admit that he was wrong not matter how much you beat him! Such is the case with Toronto Maple Leafs Irish general manager Brian Burke. Fact is, it doesn’t matter how hard the Leafs Nation goes after him for making the Phil Kessel trade, he will never admit that it was a bad move and odds are he will remain loyal to Kessel to a fault. Recently, I threw an article out there designed to spark some debate over Phil Kessel’s value on the trade market. Needless to say the answers I got in return ranged from well thought out to

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Toronto Maple Leafs Breaking News: Phil Kessel To Centre Top Line

December 4th, 2010 No Comments

In a move that wreaks of desperation, the Toronto Maple Leafs will start Phil Kessel at centre tonight when they face the Boston Bruins at the Air Canada Centre. Kessel, who volunteered for the move, has spent his entire career as a winger, so I am not so sure the move is going to pay off. The good news is Kessel is humming along with a 60 percent success rate in the face off circle, That said, he has only taken ten face offs on the season, so it’s really not a relevant stat. Listed at 6’0”, 202 pounds, Kessel should be alright in the size department, but I just cannot see how a player who often shy’s away from contact is going to compete down the middle on a nightly basis. In another move, rookie forward Nazem Kadri has been

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Toronto Maple Leafs: Loss To Edmonton Oilers Is Alarming

December 2nd, 2010 1 Comment

They say winning is a process, a process that has no time limit and rarely comes easy—such is the case for our beloved Toronto Maple Leafs. Thursday night the Maple Leafs took on the rebuilding Edmonton Oilers in a game that was supposed to see the Buds emerge victorious, sadly, it didn’t turn out that way as the Maple Leafs took it on the chin by a final score of 5-0—on home ice no less! The Oilers, who entered the game tied with the Maple Leafs with 20 points on the season, overtook the Leafs with tonight’s win and now sit two points ahead of the Blue and White—a feat thought all but impossible at the beginning of the season. Remember all the high-praise for Brian Burke over the summer? Remember all the excitement surrounding the new acquisitions? Man, how

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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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Toronto Maple Leafs Season May Not Be Salvageable

November 29th, 2010 No Comments

With the team 22 games into the 2010-11 season, many fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs are starting to lose faith in their team, and with good reason. The Buds currently sit with a 8-11-3 record, good enough for 19 points, which puts them 27th overall in the NHL standings. Offensively the team has been a disaster, averaging a paltry 2.18 goals per game, good enough for 27th overall. At the other end the defense has been better, giving up a total of 2.68 goals per game, down from the 3.21 goals against per game they gave up last season, but that has not been enough to translate into more wins. Big name free agents and key acquisitions via the trade route were supposed to have this team in hot pursuit of a playoff spot, but to date the team

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