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Jeff Carter: Why Brian Burke Will Pass

January 31st, 2012 2 Comments

With the NHL trade deadline just four weeks away, plenty of rumors have surfaced, including the likes of Columbus Blue Jackets forward Jeff Carter joining the Toronto Maple Leafs. While no Maple Leaf players have been mentioned as possible candidates to join the Blue Jackets, the names of Clarke MacArthur, Luke Schenn and Mikhail Grabovski have been front in centre in just about every rumor involving the Maple Leafs. So, will Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke attempt to land Carter? At first glance, Carter, who stands 6’3” and weighs in at just under 200 pounds, has the size that Burke so desperately needs down the middle. That said, Carter is hardly known as a physical player, which is what Burke needs most. A former first round draft choice of the Philadelphia Flyers (11th overall) in the 2003 NHL

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Jake Gardiner Assigned To AHL

January 15th, 2012 1 Comment

Having sat out four straight games, Toronto Maple Leafs rookie defenseman Jake Gardiner has officially been assigned to the Maple Leafs AHL affiliate Toronto Marlies Sunday afternoon. Gardiner shocked many when he made the big club straight out of training camp, followed by an impressive stretch of games which saw him register ten assists through 37 games this season, while posting a respectable minus-1 rating. Known as an offensive defenseman, Gardiner uses his skating and hockey sense to outwit opposing forwards, while also possessing the ability to make a quick first pass. Originally drafted in the first round (17th overall) by the Anaheim Ducks, Burke was able to bring Gardiner to Toronto late last season as part of the Francoise Beauchemin deal. Originally expected to make the team by the All-Star break, Gardiner’s solid play led to the big club

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Lack Of Physical Play Continues To Haunt Maple Leafs

January 15th, 2012 No Comments

The New York Rangers put a beating on the Toronto Maple Leafs Saturday night, outhitting the Blue and White by a final tally of 48-39, shutting down the Maple Leafs first line of Phil Kessel, Joffrey Lupul and Tim Connolly, en route to a convincing 3-0 win over the Buds in Toronto. The Maple Leafs put together a lousy 20 shots against the Rangers. To say the Blue and White were not dialed-in on this night would be an understatement as the Rangers made the Maple Leafs look like a very average team—this on a night where the Rangers dressed backup goaltender Martin Biron between the pipes. While a better physical effort would not have guaranteed a win against the Rangers, there is every indication that until the Blue and White step up their game in the physical department that

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Brian Burke Looking To Deal: Are The Flyers Interested In Luke Schenn?

January 11th, 2012 16 Comments

Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke was a guest on the Fan 590’s Prime Time Sports on Wednesday night. Interviewed by long-time host Bob McCowan, Burke addressed a number of issues, including the teams depth (which Burke believes to be strong), the odds of the Maple Leafs adding a veteran goaltender (not likely) and the likelihood of Burke making a deal before the trade deadline. On the topic of trades, Burke lamented that he was currently “in conversation with clubs” and felt that, with “something on the burner” a deal should be able to get done. Make no mistake about it, Burke was not commenting on making a deal for a depth player, what he was referring to was a deal of significance, which has the Leaf Nation wondering what teams Burke has been talking to? With so many

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Mikhail Grabovski—Deal Or No Deal?

January 8th, 2012 1 Comment

After posting career highs in goals, assists and points last season, Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mikhail Grabovski has followed up his awesome 2010-11 performance with a good season, but hardly a dominant season—at least to date. Through 35 games Grabovski has registered 12 goals and 23 points, which should put him just short of last seasons totals—say around 50 points when everything is said and done. Known as a risk-taking, defensively irresponsible player in his early years, Grabovski has evolved into a hard working, reliable forward who possesses top-end speed, great creativity and very good hockey sense. With 173 points through 280 career NHL games, nobody ever expects to see Grabovski amongst the NHL’s scoring leaders. That said, what we do expect is a player that can give you upwards of 16 minutes per game, while chipping in with 20

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Mike Komisarek Getting Too Much Respect

January 8th, 2012 1 Comment

After missing 23 games with a broken arm, Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Mike Komisarek was thrust into action Saturday night against the Detroit Red Wings. Given the type of injury he suffered and the fact that he had not laced up the skates since November 17th, one would think that Maple Leafs head coach Ron Wilson would have opted to bring Komisarek along slowly. A quick look at last night’s boxscore reveals quite the opposite, as Komisarek had a total of 21:53 of time on the ice, the third most amongst all Maple Leaf players. We all know Wilson tends to give premium minutes to those players that are playing well on any given night rather than through ones reputation, but with Komisarek looking slow, making more than one bad pass and emerging with a team-worst minus-2 rating one wonders—is

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