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Should Brian Burke Go After Ilya Bryzgalov?

March 15th, 2011 No Comments

With the Toronto Maple Leafs playoff hopes looking slimmer and slimmer with every day that passes, the focus for many Maple Leaf fans has been next season. In order to avoid a similar fate (likely missing the playoffs this season), the Toronto Maple Leafs are going to have to do a couple of things differently in 2011-12. First, as I pointed out in an article last week, the Maple Leafs must avoid extended losing streaks. The Buds got off to a great start this season winning four straight, giving Maple Leafs fans hope that maybe this was the year the Buds would make the playoffs. Unfortunately, an eight game losing streak in late October and early November put the Blue and White behind the eight ball, from which they will likely not recover from. Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian


NHL Division-By-Division Power Rankings: Southeast Division Weak No More

November 2nd, 2010 No Comments

Three weeks and one calender month into the 2010-2011 NHL season, we’ve already begun to be able to pick out the surprises and disappointments of the year. Teams like Buffalo and New Jersey, two top-ranked teams from the Eastern Conference last season, have both struggled to get going and posted a combined 0-8-2 home record, while franchises such as Montreal, Boston, and Tampa Bay have burst onto the stage with a combined 20-7-2 record. Meanwhile, in the West, Nashville, Edmonton, and Dallas started out strongly but have faltered lately, while, on the other hand, youthful squads such as St. Louis, Colorado, and Los Angeles have already begun to prove their legitimacy. But how does the NHL look from a divisional standpoint? Which five-team groups have been the toughest to play in so far, while which divisions have struggled despite their


2010-11 NHL Power Rankings: The Quintessential Report

October 10th, 2010 No Comments

With the NHL pre-season behind us it’s almost time to start the regular season where all 30 NHL teams will drop the puck in anger for the first time. There was plenty of movement this summer, which should help change the landscape of the NHL standings in a big way from where the teams finished in 2009-10. Sure, the Washington Capitals, Pittsburgh Penguins, San Jose Sharks, Vancouver Canucks and New Jersey Devils are bound to be amongst the NHL’s elite teams, it’s in the bottom ranks that we will see the most change. Off-season improvements from teams such as the Tampa Bay Lightning, Atlanta Thrashers, Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins should equate to big changes in the Eastern Conference, while Western Conference teams such as the Los Angeles Kings, Calgary Flames and Phoenix Coyotes should help determine the playoff


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


Hits The Post

August 23rd, 2010 No Comments

Hits The Posts: Great articles you should check out! Is Tomas Fleischmann part of the problem? –NHL Hot Stove Coyotes 2010-11 Player Previews: Shane Doan- Five For Howling New Rules – Our Perspective- Rink Royalty If I Could Punch 5 NHL Players…Bolts By The Bay Islanders Forward Payroll: Living cheaply – for now Light House Hockey Grachev Not Ready Yet-The NY Ranger Blog Which Vancouver Canuck will Increase his Point Totals?- Nucks Iceman NHL 11 Demo Available- Blueline Station Taking care of business- Flaming Puck. NHL 2000′s All Decade Team- Got a Question you need answered? A unique article idea? Email me at where I will pick one question each week, posting my answers on my website at Until next time, Peace!


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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