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Tomas Kaberle Traded To Boston: Brian Burke Nets Huge Return!

February 18th, 2011 No Comments

For the better part of two full seasons, veteran defenseman Tomas Kaberle has seen his name appear in just about every trade rumor surrounding the Toronto Maple Leafs. TSN is reporting that the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs are set to announce a deal involving the talented puck moving defenseman, which will see the Maple Leafs receive Bruins prospect Joe Colborne, the Bruins’ first round draft choice in the upcoming 2011 NHL Entry Draft and a conditional draft choice (believed to be the Bruins second rounder in 2012) in return. Kaberle, who hates the spotlight, had hinted that he was willing to waive his no-trade clause if he was dealt to Boston. Rumors started early this week that Kaberle had told Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke that he would accept a trade to Boston and only Boston

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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,

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NHL Trade Rumors: Who Will Replace Tomas Kaberle?

February 13th, 2011 No Comments

The Time for Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke to trade Tomas Kaberle was never better than last summer. Void of his no-trade clause, Kaberle was susceptible  to a move but Burke failed to pull the trigger on a deal, suggesting the returns being offered up by opposing GM’s were underwhelming. Given the lack of interest in Kaberle from NHL circles, Burke happily held onto Kaberle, where he has watched his veteran defenseman have an ordinary season on a team that has once again fallen short of expectations. Even with Kaberle struggling at times this season, in a league with few defenseman that can play upwards of 25 minutes per night, make a terrific outlet pass, run the power play and play with poise, Kaberle is expected to be sought after by several NHL teams. The Boston Bruins, New

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Francois Beauchemin Traded To Anaheim, Joffrey Lupul Coming To Toronto

February 9th, 2011 No Comments

Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke has traded veteran defenseman Francois Beauchemin to the Anaheim Ducks in return for a package that includes forward Joffrey Lupul, defensive prospect Jake Gardiner and a conditional fourth round draft pick in 2013. For Anaheim, they get a player that they are familiar with—a veteran Defenseman that can step into the lineup and give their team upwards of 25 minutes per game if need be. Criticized for giving away the puck too often and looking slow on occasion, Beauchemin registered two goals and 12 points through 54 games with the Maple Leafs this season, while posting a respectable minus four rating on a team that has struggled to keep the puck out of the net. Beauchemin has one year left on his contract which carries a cap hit of $3,800,000. Anaheim fans remember

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Free Agency Offers Little For Toronto Maple Leafs

February 4th, 2011 4 Comments

When the 2010-11 season began, there was hope that the Toronto Maple Leafs would make the playoffs for the first time in what seems like a decade. Failing that, many Maple Leaf fans held out hope that general manager Brian Burke would be able to bolster the lineup with a unrestricted free agent or two up front this summer, which, at this point, doesn’t seem like a smart option. Dallas Stars centre Brad Richards has always been the apple of the Leafs Nation eyes, but with the Stars looking like a playoff team and Richards’ contributions being a big reason for that, it is looking more and more like Richards will re-sign in Dallas. Alexander Semin garnered some interest from some fans, but he recently signed a one-year $6.7 million deal with the Washington Capitals, stifling any delusions the Leafs

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Should Brian Burke Re-sign J.S. Giguere?

February 2nd, 2011 No Comments

It wasn’t supposed to be this way. Fifty games into the 2010-11 season, Brian Burke was supposed to know who his goaltender of the future was going to be. Given the lack of results or lack of experience from his three most talented goaltenders, Burke is still unsure which way to turn. On the one hand, it would seem beneficial for Burke to turn his back on J.S. Giguere, trading the veteran goaltender to a playoff contender or allowing Giguere to escape Toronto this summer via free agency. On the other hand, if Giguere leaves, who could possibly step up in his absence? When Burke brought in Swedish goaltending sensation Jonas Gustavsson he touted the youngster as “the best goalie not playing in the NHL”. Unfortunately for Burke, through 65 career NHL games, Gustavsson has posted a 22-28-11 record with

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