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Are The Toronto Maple Leafs Playoff Bound?

February 17th, 2011 No Comments

Heading into Thursday nights action the Toronto Maple Leafs sit in eleventh place in the Eastern Conference, a mere six points out of the eighth and final playoff spot. With a record of 25-27-6 the Maple Leafs don’t really look like a playoff team, but as the rise of the New Jersey Devils (8-1-1 in their past ten) and close to unbeatable for the better part of a month now, anything can happen. The question is, with three teams to pass, can the Maple Leafs get hot enough to capture the final playoff spot in the East? The obvious answer is, probably not, but as the saying goes, “stranger things have happened.” Last season the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference earned a total of 88 points (both the Philadelphia Flyers and Montreal Canadiens hit the 88 point mark), the

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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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NHL Trade Rumors: Who Will Replace Tomas Kaberle?

February 13th, 2011 No Comments

The Time for Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke to trade Tomas Kaberle was never better than last summer. Void of his no-trade clause, Kaberle was susceptible  to a move but Burke failed to pull the trigger on a deal, suggesting the returns being offered up by opposing GM’s were underwhelming. Given the lack of interest in Kaberle from NHL circles, Burke happily held onto Kaberle, where he has watched his veteran defenseman have an ordinary season on a team that has once again fallen short of expectations. Even with Kaberle struggling at times this season, in a league with few defenseman that can play upwards of 25 minutes per night, make a terrific outlet pass, run the power play and play with poise, Kaberle is expected to be sought after by several NHL teams. The Boston Bruins, New

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Don’t Look Now, Carey Price Is Struggling

December 31st, 2010 No Comments

Heading into the 2010-11 season many NHL pundits had Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price listed as a question mark. A poor 2009-10 regular season in which Price lost his starting job to Jaroslav Halak, posting a 13-20-5 record along the way, followed by a horrific playoff which saw Price post a 0-1 record to go along with a .890 save percentage and bloated 3.56 goals against average, served as plenty of ammunition as to why Price may struggle this season. To the amazement of many (myself included), Price started the season strong, elevating his game to a new level, earning player of the week honors and, in many people’s minds, solidifying himself as the Canadiens number one goaltender. Price earned respect from the Montreal Canadiens’ fans and NHL fans alike for his efforts, garnering plenty of all-star support, which led

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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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Hey Mike Richards—Want Some Cheese With That Wine?

November 18th, 2010 No Comments

Accosted for his “cocky” play by Philadelphia Flyers captain Mike Richards, Montreal Canadiens rookie defenseman P.K. Subban must be having a hard time holding back his laughter. Afterall, it’s not often a player of Richards “reputation” calls out a player for his play, which, in retrospect, looks to be more a combination of confidence and vigor rather than the “cocky” label Richards chooses to put on Subban. In a statement made after Tuesday nights game between the Orange and Black and the Canadiens (a game in which Philly lost 3-0), Richards said Subban thinks he’s “better than a lot of people”. Richards went on to make a more detailed statement, saying, “It’s just frustrating to see a young guy like that come in here and so much as think that he’s better than a lot of people. You have to

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