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Toronto Maple Leafs: Thin Up Front And Tempting Disaster, Is Bill Guerin The Answer?

August 24th, 2010 No Comments

With so many Toronto Maple Leaf fans sidetracked with Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke adding that coveted top-six forward, few have taken the time to notice that, in the event of a lengthy injury to one of the Leafs top forwards, the Leafs may be doomed. With a top-six that currently features the likes of Kris Versteeg, Phil Kessel (who has only played a full 82 games once in four seasons), Tyler Bozak, Nikolai Kulemin, Michail Grabovski and Colby Armstrong the Leafs are already thin on top-end talent, a loss of one or more of those players for any significant time frame and the Leafs will be in big trouble. Sitting in the bottom six are Nazem Kadri (who could play second line centre if asked, *but he has to make the team first), Luca Caputi (who is still

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Toronto Maple Leafs: Ten Can’t Miss Games Of The 2010-11 Season

August 24th, 2010 1 Comment

With the 2010-11 season now just a few weeks away, many Toronto Maple Leaf fans have already circled several key match-ups as can’t miss games. For Leaf fans, games against their historic original six rivals— Montreal Canadiens, Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings, New York Rangers, and Chicago Blackhawks—instantly provides a spark to any game, regardless of where any of those teams are positioned in the standings. Of those five foes, the Maple Leafs will play the Canadiens and Bruins a total of six times each, the Rangers a total of four times—including three games in October, with the Blackhawks and Red Wings playing the Maple Leafs just once each. Outside of the original six match-ups, the Leafs have plenty of other key games and rivalries for Leaf fans to look forward to. Without further adieu, let’s take a look at

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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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