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Brian Burke Deals Francois Beauchemin, Who Is Next To Go?

February 10th, 2011 No Comments

Yesterday, Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke dealt veteran defenseman Francois Beauchemin to the Anaheim Ducks for defensive prospect Jake Gardiner, a conditional fourth round draft pick in 2013 and the apple of Burke’s eye, Joffrey Lupul. Lupul, who has battled back problems and a serious blood infection over the past two seasons, has three 20 goal seasons to his name, scoring 28 goals in 2005-06, 20 in 2007-08 and 25 in 2008-09, respectively. In Gardiner, Burke got a converted forward who is known for his quick outlet passes, puck control and skating ability. All in all, Gardiner is regarded as a tremendous prospect who may very well emerge as a top four defenseman in a few years. At yesterday’s press conference, Burke said he was not done dealing and while he was non-committal about the number of trades

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Francois Beauchemin Traded To Anaheim, Joffrey Lupul Coming To Toronto

February 9th, 2011 No Comments

Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke has traded veteran defenseman Francois Beauchemin to the Anaheim Ducks in return for a package that includes forward Joffrey Lupul, defensive prospect Jake Gardiner and a conditional fourth round draft pick in 2013. For Anaheim, they get a player that they are familiar with—a veteran Defenseman that can step into the lineup and give their team upwards of 25 minutes per game if need be. Criticized for giving away the puck too often and looking slow on occasion, Beauchemin registered two goals and 12 points through 54 games with the Maple Leafs this season, while posting a respectable minus four rating on a team that has struggled to keep the puck out of the net. Beauchemin has one year left on his contract which carries a cap hit of $3,800,000. Anaheim fans remember

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NHL Division-By-Division Power Rankings: Southeast Division Weak No More

November 2nd, 2010 No Comments

Three weeks and one calender month into the 2010-2011 NHL season, we’ve already begun to be able to pick out the surprises and disappointments of the year. Teams like Buffalo and New Jersey, two top-ranked teams from the Eastern Conference last season, have both struggled to get going and posted a combined 0-8-2 home record, while franchises such as Montreal, Boston, and Tampa Bay have burst onto the stage with a combined 20-7-2 record. Meanwhile, in the West, Nashville, Edmonton, and Dallas started out strongly but have faltered lately, while, on the other hand, youthful squads such as St. Louis, Colorado, and Los Angeles have already begun to prove their legitimacy. But how does the NHL look from a divisional standpoint? Which five-team groups have been the toughest to play in so far, while which divisions have struggled despite their

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2010-11 NHL Power Rankings: The Quintessential Report

October 10th, 2010 No Comments

With the NHL pre-season behind us it’s almost time to start the regular season where all 30 NHL teams will drop the puck in anger for the first time. There was plenty of movement this summer, which should help change the landscape of the NHL standings in a big way from where the teams finished in 2009-10. Sure, the Washington Capitals, Pittsburgh Penguins, San Jose Sharks, Vancouver Canucks and New Jersey Devils are bound to be amongst the NHL’s elite teams, it’s in the bottom ranks that we will see the most change. Off-season improvements from teams such as the Tampa Bay Lightning, Atlanta Thrashers, Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins should equate to big changes in the Eastern Conference, while Western Conference teams such as the Los Angeles Kings, Calgary Flames and Phoenix Coyotes should help determine the playoff

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NHL: 2010-11 Eastern Conference Playoff Picks

September 30th, 2010 2 Comments

With the regular season just a few days away from commencing there are still a lot of roster decisions to be made. That said, for the most part, the top three lines on most NHL rosters are all but set, which makes it all the easier to make some solid predictions for the upcoming 2010-11 season. The following is a look at the Eastern Conference teams and where I see these teams finishing. Washington Capitals: Prediction- 1st In the Eastern Conference. After an excellent regular season which saw the Capitals earn the Presidents Trophy and set all kinds of franchise records along the way, the Caps fell victim to Montreal Canadiens goaltender Jaroslav Halak’s superb goaltending in the first round of the playoffs. Consdering just how poorly the Capitals season ended,  you just got to believe that the Capitals will come back with a

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Toronto Maple Leafs: Will Brian Burke Re-Sign J.S. Giguere?

August 20th, 2010 1 Comment

When J.S. Giguere came over in a trade from the Anaheim Ducks organization to the Toronto Maple Leafs, many Leaf fans applauded the move as they felt Giguere would immediately solidify the Leafs between the pipes. What many Leaf fans didn’t take into account was the positive relationship Giguere would develop with rookie netminder Jonas “The Monster” Gustavsson and the importance that having a mentor like Giguere around could have on the young Swede. If you think back to last season, you will remember that just prior to Giguere coming to Toronto Gustavsson was struggling. There is a definite correlation between Giguere’s arrival and Gustavsson’s improvement, which was noticeable in every facet of the game. Since Giguere’s arrival, Gustavsson’s save percentage, goals against average, poise and overall play improved dramatically, which brings us to the question of whether or not

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