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Tyler Biggs Drafted By Toronto Maple Leafs

June 24th, 2011 No Comments

It’s been a busy week for Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke. Earlier in the day Burke pulled off a deal with the Colorado Avalanche which saw the Leafs ship a 2010 second round draft choice (acquired in the Tomas Kaberle trade) in return for veteran defenseman John-Michael Liles. On Thursday the Maple Leafs were involved in several other trade rumors, including the Mike Richards and Jeff Carter deals which took place on Thursday. Burke failed to bring either Richards or Carter to Toronto, electing to hang on to his picks and, if the rumors are true, prospect Nazem Kadri. When you look at the Maple Leafs organization two soft spots stick out—a lack of legitimate number one centres and a real need for skilled wingers. Burke made a move on the draft floor, trading his 30th and 39th

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2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs: What’s Up with Pekka Rinne?

April 21st, 2011 No Comments

Ahh, the Stanley Cup Playoffs. A place where some players ‘bring it’, while others fall well short of the so-called “experts” expectations. Heading into the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs several reports were calling for Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne to have a huge playoff; others were a lot more realistic about his talent and the talents of the team in front of him. Rinne brought a career playoff record of 2-4 to go along with a marginal .911 save percentage and a goals against average of 2.68 into this years playoffs. Needless to say, with those kind of numbers it would be hard to suggest that Rinne was going to catch fire against an offensively explosive team like the Anaheim Ducks, yet there were still some reports out there that suggested Rinne would do exactly that. Through four playoff games

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2011 NHL Playoff Prediction: Western Conference

April 12th, 2011 No Comments

With my Eastern Conference playoff predictions out of the way, it’s time to set my sights on the Western Conference. Parity is alive and well throughout the NHL, but nowhere is it more apparent in the Western Conference where the difference between fifth and tenth place was just five points. Looking at the four Western Conference matchups there is not much to choose between most of the teams, that said, a few favorites should emerge, with the Vancouver Canucks and Detroit Red Wings garnering a lot of attention from poolies and fans alike. With all this in mind, let’s take a look at the first round matchups and how it should all pan out. (1) Vancouver Canucks Vs. (8) Chicago Blackhawks Given the fact that the Chicago Blackhawks have ended the Vancouver Canucks playoff drives in each of the past

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Should Brian Burke Go After Ilya Bryzgalov?

March 15th, 2011 No Comments

With the Toronto Maple Leafs playoff hopes looking slimmer and slimmer with every day that passes, the focus for many Maple Leaf fans has been next season. In order to avoid a similar fate (likely missing the playoffs this season), the Toronto Maple Leafs are going to have to do a couple of things differently in 2011-12. First, as I pointed out in an article last week, the Maple Leafs must avoid extended losing streaks. The Buds got off to a great start this season winning four straight, giving Maple Leafs fans hope that maybe this was the year the Buds would make the playoffs. Unfortunately, an eight game losing streak in late October and early November put the Blue and White behind the eight ball, from which they will likely not recover from. Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian

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Despite His Detractors, Brian Burke Is Building A Winner In Toronto

March 2nd, 2011 2 Comments

November 29, 2008. Some day this date will resonate with Toronto Maple Leaf fans everywhere as it marks the date when Brian Burke was named President and General Manager of the Blue and White and, in many respects, marks the date that the Maple Leafs organization stopped accepting mediocrity. Burke brought with him an impressive resume which includes a Stanley Cup victory in 2007 as the GM of the Anaheim Ducks, a Lester Patrick Award for outstanding service to hockey in the United States, a Harvard Law degree (1981), NHL front office experience, and the reputation of being one of the most sound executives in all of hockey. Combined, Burke brought more than 20 years of National Hockey League experience, which, in itself, is very impressive. Burke also brought a tough façade and an in-your-face attitude both on and off

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NHL Trade Rumors: Will Colby Armstrong Be Moved?

February 15th, 2011 No Comments

Quietly, Toronto Maple Leafs general manager is righting the wrongs that he made in off-seasons past. Gone is veteran defenseman Francois Beauchemin, as is speedy forward Kris Versteeg, with a real possibility of more changes to come. At Monday nights press conference Burke announced that the Maple Leafs would receive the Philadelphia Flyers first and third round draft choice in 2011 in return for Versteeg. Along with that announcement Burke stated that he already had the Flyers third round draft choice in play in hopes of landing another forward to help fill the void left by Versteeg. When you look at next years payroll the Maple Leafs have a total of 12 players under contract at a cap hit of $35,170,000. That leaves Burke with $24,230,000 with which to sign ten players, one of which must be a top six forward,

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