Vincent Lecavalier: Are the Toronto Maple Leafs A Good Fit?

June 27th, 2013 No Comments

With news hitting the airwaves that Vincent Lecavalier will be bought out by the Tampa Bay Lightning there is plenty of speculation as to where the veteran forward will land once he hits unrestricted free agency on July, 5th. Originally drafted first overall in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, Lecavalier, 33, had seven years remaining on his deal that (according to would pay him an average of $7.73 million per season. As a result of the buyout, the Lightning will knock Lecavalier’s contract off the books, but will still be on the hook for two-thirds of the contracts value— around $2 million per year for the next 15 years. With Lecavalier bought out, he will now become a unrestricted free agent on July, 5th, freeing him up to sign wherever he wishes. In an effort to keep Lecavalier in


Jonathan Bernier Acquisition A No-Lose Situation For Maple Leafs

June 25th, 2013 2 Comments

With trade speculation following goaltender Jonathan Bernier for over a year, it was only a matter of time until the Los Angeles Kings parted ways with the highly coveted netminder. Sunday, Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Dave Nonis pulled the trigger on a deal for Bernier, a deal which Nonis said had been in the works for several months. In return for Bernier, Nonis parted with forward Matt Frattin, backup goaltender Ben Scrivens, a second round draft pick and a reported $500,000 to help the kings salary cap situation. Frattin and Scrivens are talented players, but neither player has the potential of Bernier. While Bernier may have been in play at the deadline, it would appear as if the Kings chose to hang onto the young netminder. Salary cap concerns and some concern over the health of Kings’ starting netminder


Toronto Maple Leafs Are In Need Of A Defensive Specialist

September 5th, 2012 3 Comments

When Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke chose to fire Ron Wilson in favor of bringing in Randy Carlyle there were immediate rumblings that the Maple Leafs would go from a fire-wagon hockey club to one that puts an emphasis on physical play and defense. A quick look at the roster Burke has assembled in Toronto reveals few players with above average physical prowess and no real defensive specialist. Burke made little changes on the backend which makes it tough for us to imagine a team that will improve dramatically in the goals against department. After watching a couple of disappointing seasons, Burke shipped out Luke Schenn to the Philadelphia Flyers in return for James van Riemsdyk. Schenn led the team in hits last season with 270 while finishing third on the team with 115 blocked shots. While Schenn’s


Is Randy Carlyle The Right Coach For Toronto?

August 22nd, 2012 11 Comments

***This article was originally posted at (Written By: Mark Ritter)*** With his team sinking in the standings and rumors of unrest amongst his troops, Toronto Maple Leafs president and general manager Brian Burke made a tough decision when he fired close friend Ron Wilson in favor of hiring Randy Carlyle as the Maple Leafs head coach on March 3rd, 2012. For the most part it was a popular decision, but there were also rumblings that the crusty bench boss was cut from the same cloth as Wilson (a tough disciplinarian) instead of the players coach some fans the Buds needed. In Wilson, Burke employed a coach who preferred an offense-first approach. Unlike many NHL bench bosses, Wilson had no problem throwing his stars under the bus, which caused more than a few problems. Wilson was also tough on the media,


Toronto Maple Leafs: Expect To Miss Playoffs

August 20th, 2012 7 Comments

Citing a weak cast down the middle and question marks between the pipes, The Hockey News is predicting another long season for the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Hockey News is predicting the Maple Leafs will finish 12th overall in the Eastern Conference. When you reflect on how many teams in the East have made considerable improvements and the fact that the Maple Leafs will likely enter the 2012-13 season with a near carbon copy of the lineup that finished in the bottom five of the league last season, it is hard to argue with their findings. Everyone knows the Maple Leafs struggles down the middle, and while the addition of James van Riemsdyk to the top-six should help the team, the jury is still out on his ability to make the move from wing to centre—a scenario which has been


Can Tyler Biggs Supply The Maple Leafs With Much Needed Sandpaper?

August 17th, 2012 3 Comments

When Toronto Maple Leafs President and General Manager Brian Burke signed on with Toronto in November of 2008 he quickly promised that his intentions were to build a team that supplied a considerable amount of pugnacity, testosterone and truculence. Burke followed those words up by bringing in tough guy Colten Orr and signing the on-time feared Mike Komisarek. Orr has since been sent down to the AHL, while Komisarek has had little success since joining the Blue and White. Another Burke acquisition was Mike Brown.  At 5’11” and 205 pounds, Brown has done an admiral job keeping opposing players and enforcers honest.While not a Burke acquisition, Jay Rosehill (6’3”, 215 pounds) made his presence known in a limited role with the big club. That said, neither player has enough skills to garner much more than eight to ten minutes of

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