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Crunch Time For Brian Burke

August 8th, 2011 3 Comments

Since joining the Toronto Maple Leafs in November of 2008, Brian Burke has raised more than a few eyebrows with his aggressive moves. Of course, the most talked about move, and perhaps Burke’s biggest to date, would be the acquisition of sniper Phil Kessel from the Boston Bruins for two first round draft choices (2010, 2011) and a second rounder in 2010. While it will be years before we can truly evaluate the trade, Burke has always maintained that he is happy with the deal and if presented with the same circumstances, would do the deal again. The Bruins selected Tyler Seguin with Toronto’s first round draft choice in 2010, followed by the selection of Jared Knight in the second round. Seguin had an inconsistent rookie season which saw him light the lamp a total of 11 times through 74

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Breaking News: The Toronto Maple Leafs Still Need a Centre

July 7th, 2011 No Comments

After the acquisitions of Matthew Lombardi and Tim Connolly, many fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs felt that their beloved Buds had solved their need for a centre. Now, don’t get me wrong. When healthy, both Lombardi and Connolly can be effective players. That said, given Lombardi’s concussion issues that saw him miss 80 of the 82 games in the 2010-11 season (which still carries lingering effects) and Connolly’s fragile china doll reputation, there is every reason to believe Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke is not done trying to address the centre position. As good a season as Mikhail Grabovski had last year, Burke looks to be penciling him onto the second line where he will play with Clarke MacArthur and Nikolai Kulemin, all of whom had career years in 2010-11 playing as the Buds second unit. On the

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Toronto Maple Leafs Aquire John-Michael Liles From Colorado

June 24th, 2011 No Comments

Known for making deals at the draft, Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke pulled the trigger on a deal that will see 30 year-old defenseman John-Michael Liles traded from the Colorado Avalanche in return for the Maple Leafs (via Boston) 2012 second-round draft pick. Liles was rumored to be headed to Toronto at last seasons trade deadline but the deal never came to fruition. Known as a power play specialist and a tremendous passer, Liles will likely fit into the Maple Leafs top two defensive pairings, replacing the role, skill set and minutes (he averaged 22:00 per game last season) that departed long time Maple Leaf Tomas Kaberle filled. Originally drafted in the fifth round (159th overall) in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, Liles registered six goals and 40 assists for a total of 46 points last season. Through

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2011 NHL Playoffs: Bruins/Habs to Play Back-to-Back Games

April 25th, 2011 No Comments

With the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs in full swing there have been a number of terrific storylines that have emerged. The Nashville Predators moved on to the second round for the first time in franchise history, the Vancouver Canucks are close to an epic failure in their series against the Chicago Blackhawks and there are goaltending controversies in Vancouver and with the Philadelphia Flyers (what else is new?). For the most part, the playoffs have been very dramatic as several series are headed to a seventh game; with a few others still a candidate to do the same. As the playoffs roll along each game gets more important, each game is more of a grind for the players and the injuries start to mount up, which brings into question the NHL’s puzzling scheduling. For example, the Montreal Canadiens and Boston

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Power Outage: What’s Wrong With The Bruins Power Play?

April 19th, 2011 No Comments

Heading into the 2010-11 Stanley Cup Playoffs many experts were on the fence as to whether or not the Boston Bruins or Montreal Canadiens would emerge victorious from their first round matchup. The Bruins finished seven points ahead of the Canadiens in the regular season standings, which gave them home ice advantage, scored 30 more goals than the Habs (246-216) and allowed ten less goal than the Canadiens as well. For all intents and purposes, when you looked at the numbers, it appeared, on the surface, that the Bruins had the upper hand in this series. Where the Montreal Canadiens looked to have the upper hand over the Bruins was on special teams, or more specifically, the power play. The Habs owned the seventh best power play during the regular season with a 19.7 percent success rate. The Bruins? They

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2011 NHL Playoffs: P.K. Subban Setting The Bar For All NHL Rookies

April 17th, 2011 No Comments

When Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban arrived on the scene in the in the 2009-10 Stanley Cup Playoffs his presence was instantly felt. Immediately there was an aura surrounding P.K. that few NHL players, never mind a rookie posses. Blessed with great hockey instincts, Subban brings a number of other attributes to the rink on a nightly basis. The most important attribute P.K. brings is confidence, which, judging by his play thus far, has served him very well. P.K. took a lot of criticism from the media and opposing players for his loud (sometimes brash) comments on the ice. While those days do not seem to be completely behind the soon to be 22-year old, it appears as if he has learned a measure of respect for his peers and the ability to turn his back when challenged by his

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