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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


2011 NHL Playoffs: The Eight Most Dangerous Playoff Teams

April 3rd, 2011 No Comments

With only a few more games to be played before the NHL starts it’s playoffs, there are a few teams that are emerging as the definitive favorites to win the Stanley Cup. Goaltending is often key to a teams playoffs success, that said, the Chicago Blackhawks took home Lord Stanley’s Cup last year—even with inconsistent goaltending from Antti Niemi. Power play and penalty kill success also comes into play, as does a teams ability to gel at the right time. With all this in mind, let’s take a look at the NHL’s eight most dangerous playoffs teams of 2010-11. Philadelphia Flyers: Key Stats: Current Record: 46-22-10 (102 points)—Second in Eastern Conference GF: 245 GA: 207 Diff: +38 PP: 16.4% (20th overall) PK: 83.8% (Ninth overall) Key Players: Mike Richards (F) Jeff Carter (F) Chris Pronger (D) Sergei Bobrovsky (G) The


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


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


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,


Kris Versteeg Headed to Philadelphia, Brain Burke Lands First Rounder

February 14th, 2011 No Comments

Several media outlets are reporting that the Toronto Maple Leafs have traded forward Kris Versteeg to the Philadelphia Flyers for a first and third round pick round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Burke said that he has already offered the third round draft choice for a plyer that could help the Leafs immediately, also lamenting that he had not given up on making the playoffs as the trading of Francois Beauchemin and Versteeg may indicate. Burke traded for Versteeg this summer, sending prospects Chris DiDomenico, Phillippe Paradis and Viktor Stalberg to the Chicago Blackhawks. Vesrteeg was seen as a possible fit on Toronto’s first line, but failed to click with sniper Phil Kessel, causing Versteeg to fall to the second unit and then to Toronto’s third line. By trading Versteeg Toronto will save $3,083,333 in cap space next season,

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