Will Phil Kessel Leave Toronto?

August 8th, 2012 7 Comments

Forever shackled to the trade that brought him to the Toronto Maple Leafs from the Boston Bruins organization for two first round draft choices (which became Tyler Seguin and Dougie Hamilton) and a second rounder (which became Jared Knight), Phil Kessel’s life in Toronto hasn’t been easy. Since arriving in Toronto Kessel has been under a tremendous amount of scrutiny from both the media and fans. A quiet, unassuming player, Kessel has tried to remain in the shadows, but in the media frenzy that is Toronto it has been tough for him to remain anonymous. As tough as it has been for Kessel to avoid the media attention he receives, it has been even tougher for him to live up to expectations. While the pressure to perform is with every NHL player, Kessel (fairly or unfairly) will forever be judged

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Some Thoughts On The CBA Negotiations

August 3rd, 2012 2 Comments

As much as we all want to see NHL hockey this fall, there is still the tricky matter of the Collective Bargaining Agreement that must be signed before the puck drops on the 2012-13 NHL season. Like any negotiation the CBA is going to take time and there is going to be a lot of back and fourth from both the players union and the owners/NHL. Recently the NHL threw the first stone sending an opening offer that, in the minds of many, looked to take more than their fair share from the players. The current CBA affords the players a 57 percent share of league revenues, calls for players to wait seven years before they can file for free agency, allows for salary arbitration and allows teams to sign players for any term they wish—although the NHL reserves the

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Why Mikhail Grabovski Should Be The Number One Centre In Toronto

August 3rd, 2012 2 Comments

With the Toronto Maple Leafs looking as if they will once again fail to address their biggest need this off-season, a first line centre, Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke will likely look to  James van Riemsdyk to solve their problems down the middle. With van Riemsdyk set to give centre “a try” at training camp, head coach Randy Carlyle will have to start from square one with an inexperienced 23-year old that is more adept to playing left wing than the highly demanding centre position. While JVR has played some centre at the College level, he has little experience at the NHL level and there is a huge difference between the two. Any forward position is demanding, centre requires excellent skating, a keen ability to find players in opem ice, a slew of defensive responsibilities (which is a weak spot

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The Clock Is Ticking On Mike Komisarek and Tim Connolly

August 2nd, 2012 7 Comments

Since joining the Maple Leafs in November of 2008 Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke has received his fair share of praise and criticism for the various trades and free agent acquisitions. When you consider all of the trades Burke has made his overall work would earn him a passing grade in the minds of many. Where Burke has struggled is the free agent market where (amongst others) he has acquired two brutal contracts in Tim Connolly and Mike Komisarek. While there is still time for Connolly to make amends for last season, the ship has clearly sailed on Komisarek who, barring some kind of miracle, will probably see more time in the press box than he will on the ice next season. In Connolly (31), Burke was hoping he had found a player that could play between Phil Kessel

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Is It Time For Dion Phaneuf To Send A Message?

July 31st, 2012 13 Comments

When Dion Phaneuf arrived in Toronto after being traded from the Calgary Flames it was reported that he walked straight into the locker room, cranked the music up on the stereo and went about his business, sending a message that this was his locker room now and anyone that didn’t like it could shove it. Phaneuf followed that up by having one of his best games as a Maple Leafs when he hit everything that moved, chirped countless opposing players, yelled at a few teammates and even dropped the gloves against Colin White (winning the fight) while helping the Blue and White defeat the New Jersey Devils 3-0 back on February 2nd, 2010. If you have watched Phaneuf over his time with the Leafs nights like February 2nd have been few and far between. Sure, as team captain and with

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Five Players That Must Come Through For Brian Burke Next Season

July 30th, 2012 4 Comments

While the worlds focus is now on the Summer Olympics the Leafs Nation is still dialed into their beloved Maple Leafs. Loyal to a fault, fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs have hope that for the first time in what feels like a decade their beloved hockey team will finally make the playoffs. Complicating matters is the fact that just about every Eastern Conference team has made considerable improvements. The Carolina Hurricanes traded for talented centre Jordan Staal and recently signed enigmatic forward Alexander Semin to a one-year, $7.0 million contract. Those two additions alone will likely take the Hurricanes from also-rans to legitimate playoff contenders and maybe a team that will compete for the Stanley Cup. Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh Penguins added a number of depth players including rugged forward Brandon Sutter (attained in the Staal trade) as well as

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