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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: Season May Be Won or Lost Down the Middle

August 17th, 2010 No Comments

As much as it pains me to write this, Toronto Maple Leaf fans look to be headed for another long/frustrating season in 2010-11. While the Leafs will be a tougher team to play against, if general manager Brian Burke hits the floor running with the likes of Tyler Bozak, Nazem Kadri, Mikhail Grabovski, and Christian Hanson down the middle they will lose more battles and more games than they win. Want proof? Here is a sample of the top three centres from the top eight Eastern Conference teams as projected by The Hockey News: Boston Bruins: Marc Savard, David Krejci, Patrice Bergeron  Buffalo Sabres: Derek Roy, Tim Connolly, Paul Gaustad Montreal Canadiens: Scott Gomez, Tomas Plekanec, Dustin Boyd  Ottawa Senators: Jason Spezza, Mike Fisher, Peter Regin Pittsburgh Penguins: Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jordan Staal Philadelphia Flyers: Mike Richards, Jeff Carter,

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Tomas Kaberle: The Five Best Fits for Kabby

August 15th, 2010 1 Comment

The jury is still out on whether or not Toronto Maple Leafs veteran defensemen Tomas Kaberle will be traded, but with just over 24 hours to go before Kaberle’s no-trade clause kick’s back in, there seems to be a number of teams that are interested in Kaberle’s services. Leafs general manager Brian Burke has said that he would prefer to bring in a top six forward that can help elevate the Leafs into a playoff position as early as this season. But he said he would consider a “futures package” that may include one or more prospects and/or draft picks coming to Toronto. While there has been plenty of speculation as to which teams appear to be interested in Kaberle, there has been no confirmation. Of that teams that may be interested in Kaberle only a few may offer a

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Tomas Kaberle Rumors: Should Burke Be Looking At Prospects/Pick’s?

August 13th, 2010 No Comments

For the past several months we have read a nauseating amount of articles speculating on just what Toronto Maple Leafs general manger Brian Burke would be willing to accept for Tomas Kaberle.  With just over 48 hours to go until Kaberle’s no-trade clause kicks back in, Burke is said to be sifting through as many as ten different offers from around the league.  While very few names have been thrown around, there has been plenty of speculation as to which players have been offered to Burke.  Appearing on the Fan 590 Friday morning, Burke confirmed what it is he is looking for. “We’re looking for a forward with size and scoring ability if possible, and if not, we’ve been offered some what I would call “futures packages”, which include a high draft pick and a quality young player, and we

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What Is Tomas Kaberle Worth?

August 10th, 2010 1 Comment

With 820 NHL games played, 80 career goals, 402 career assists and a career plus/minus rating of +27, Tomas Kaberle has the stats to back up his title of an elite defenseman. Originally drafted 204th overall in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs, Kaberle has played his entire career with the Leafs. Along the way Kaberle has played in a total of four All-Star Games (2002, 2007, 2008, 2009) and as a member of the Czech Republic team won Gold at the 2005 World Hockey Championships, Bronze at the 2006 winter Olympics, and Bronze at the 2006 World Championships. Known for his steady play, calm demeanor passing, and the ability to rush the puck, Kaberle is known as a good citizen both on and off the ice who quietly seems to find himself amongst the NHL’s

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Ilya Kovalchuk a Free Agent After NHL Wins Arbitration Hearing

August 9th, 2010 No Comments

Numerous on-line publications are reporting that Independent arbitrator Richard Bloch has ruled on the 17-year, $102 million Ilya Kovalchuk contract and the that NHL has won it’s case. As a result, Kovalchuk’s deal is now null and void and the talented Russian is now a free agent…again! The NHL had challenged the Kovalchuk deal on the pretense that the contract circumvented the NHL’s CBA. While many suspected the NHL would have difficulty proving their case, it appears as if Bloch, like so many other NHL fans, was able to see the Kovalchuk deal for what it was—a joke! Kovalchuk’s 17-year, $102 million deal would have seen the sniper retire at the age of 44. Needless to say, nobody was buying that Kovalchuk would play until he was 44, in fact, given the deal was largely front-loaded, it was thought that

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