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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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Jeff Carter Traded To Columbus Blue Jackets. Brian Burke Misses Out.

June 23rd, 2011 No Comments

According to TSN Philadelphia Flyers forward Jeff Carter has been traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for forward Jakub Voracek and the Blue Jackets first (eighth overall) and third round draft choices in this years NHL Entry Draft. Carter, who carries a cap hit of $5,272,727 through 2021-22, looks to have been made expendable in order for the Flyers to sign unrestricted free agent goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov, whom the Flyers have exclusive signing rights to up to July 1st. The Carter trade also makes it possible for the Flyers to re-sign unrestricted free agent Ville Leino, who was thought to be headed out of town. And let’s not forget about that first round draft pick. Philadelphia’s minor league system has been decimated by a lack of first round draft picks. Drafting eighth overall should allow the Flyers to

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Toronto Maple Leafs Power Play Key To Success In 2011-12?

June 23rd, 2011 No Comments

For most NHL teams the power play can make or break your season. In the case of the Toronto Maple Leafs the power play may, in fact, be the key to their success in 2011-12. Known for shoddy special teams all the way around, the Maple Leafs emerged from the 2010-11 season with the 22nd ranked power play in the league. It was an improvement on their 30thoverall ranking in 2009-10, but with a 15.95% success rate the Leafs power play wasn’t scaring off too many teams from taking a penalty. Case and point, the Leafs had a total of 326 power play opportunities last season, which ranked them 3rd overall. The Maple Leafs managed a total of 52 power play goals, which ranked them 15th overall. Anybody see the disconnect? When you consider the Leafs power play units one

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Toronto Maple Leafs Free Agency and Draft Strategy

June 20th, 2011 No Comments

With the 2010-11 NHL season officially in the books Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke is set to hit this summer’s free agent frenzy with the tenacity, vigor and testosterone that he expects from his players. Though his ability to land a top-flight centre may be limited, signing the likes of Brad Richards still appears to be at the top of Burke’s list. According to recent reports, the NHL will set the cap limit at $64 million with the bottom end set at $48 million. That’s a $25 million raise from when the NHL first instituted the salary cap in 2005-06 and a $4.6 million raise over last seasons salary cap, which should give Burke plenty of room with which to bring in some of the missing pieces. The Maple Leafs currently employ a total of 16 players for

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Should The Toronto Maple Leafs Buyout Mike Komisarek?

June 12th, 2011 No Comments

With free agency just around the corner there has been a lot of chatter about the pro’s and cons of buying out a number of players. Names like Chris Drury, Dany Heatley, Scott Gomez and Sheldon Souray continue to show up in reports, while, on the Toronto Maple Leafs front, the name of defenseman Mike Komisarek has found its way into a few buyout rumors. Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke brought Komisarek to the Blue and White via free agency in the summer of 2009. At the time of the signing Komisarek had just come off an impressive season with the Montreal Canadiens which saw him lead the Habs in blocked shots (207) and hits with 191. The Hockey News ranked Komisarek as the ninth most desirable free agent that summer, but also warned that “whichever team signs

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Washington Capitals Playoff Failure Means They Will Make Changes

May 5th, 2011 2 Comments

Looking back at the Washington Capitals 2009-10 and 2010-11 early playoff exits there is no way to sugar coat it—they were/are an epic fail. After winning the Presidents Trophy as the NHL’s top regular season team in 2009-10, the Capitals lost a first round matchup against the eighth seeded Montreal Canadiens. The seven game series raised a number of eyebrows both in the dressing room and with the Caps upper management—both of which demanded change for the upcoming 2010-11 season. Head coach Bruce Boudreau did his best to change the culture and the way his troops approached the game this season by asking them to play a tighter, more defensive minded style of play, which, in the minds of many, would help the Caps become a legitimate Stanley Cup contender. As a result of the changes, the Capitals found themselves

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