Top 6 forwards and the Maple Leafs offense

A year ago Cliff Fletcher as interim general manager of the Maple Leafs suggested that the Leafs had only one top 6 forward, that being Nik Antropov. With Antopov now gone there was ample discussion among the media and fans about how dismal the Leafs offense will be and despite the upgrades Brian Burke made on defense the Leafs lack of scoring will likely lead them to another missed playoff. Brian Burke has addressed that in a major way by acquiring what everyone will agree is a top 6 forward in Phil Kessel, but is Kessel enough? To answer that,

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Why 2 first round picks for Kessel makes sense…

There has been a lot of discussion over the last week or so on the rumoured trade offer that Brian Burke has made to the Boston Bruins for Phil Kessel and now that the trade seems very likely to go down, possibly within hours, we may as well take a look at it. (TSN is now reporting the deal is done and pending Kessel signing a contract with the Leafs which is probably not a significant hurdle issue). The rumour is that Burke has offered two first round picks and a second round pick for Kessel and a third round

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Melnyk: No team in Hull!!

Yesterday Bob McCown interviewed Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk discussing mostly the Phoenix Coyote situation. For the most part it wasn’t a very interesting interview and Melnyk often played dumb claiming he really didn’t know much about the situation. Particularly intriguing was that Melnyk stated he really knew nothing regarding the permission the NHL board of governors gave Bettman in purchasing the Phoenix Coyotes through bankruptcy. He stated he was not at the meeting and knew nothing about anything including the cost, what they would do with the franchise if they gained control of it, who would put up money

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Is NHL Embarassed by Phoenix Attendance?

There were some tweets going around this morning regarding the attendance in Phoenix and whether pre-season attendance really matters or is an indication of franchise stability etc. So I figured I would take a look at last nights attendance figures and went to the NHL.com box scores for the information. Boston at NY Rangers: 11,111 (a curious number) Columbus at Pittsburgh: 15,766 Minnesota at St. Louis: 10,582 Edmonton at Calgary: 19,289 Phoenix at Los Angeles: 8,432 Los Angeles at Phoenix: unlisted Apparently the Los Angeles at Phoenix (split squad game) didn’t list an attendance figure. I found that curious so

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Book Abomination

Most Leaf fans, and probably many hockey and sports fans, have heard about the recent book release of “Leaf AbomiNation” written by Dave Feschuk and Michael Grange. Let me start off by saying that I have not read the book, and I probably won’t read the book, but if you want a good book review go and read one here by mf37. My beef with the book is its insistence that the Leafs have sucked for a long time and two significant reasons for that suckage (if I may use that non-word) are the fans undying loyalty to the club

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No Sympathy for Gretzky

Over the course of the summer there were a lot of people sympathetic of Wayne Gretzky and felt bad that his name and his contract was openly discussed, and often not in good light, in the courts, and sometimes that spread into the media. Over the course of the summer we learned that Jerry Reinsdorf wasn’t interested in retaining his services should he bid for the team, Ice Edge was only interested if he took a substantial pay cut to $2 million and that the NHL was not interested in retaining his contract through the auction process either. There are

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Balsillie's quest for the Coyotes…

I have been following many of the people in the Phoenix courtroom tweeting on all of the happenings of the ‘auction’ of the Phoenix Coyotes.  So far there really hasn’t been anything close to resembling an auction.  After initially reaffirming each sides bids, the Balsillie camp, the NHL, and the City of Glendale have been presenting their arguments about everything associated with the case, much of it we have already heard before either publicly or in earlier court filings.  The only new and interesting item is the judges assertions that there is a possibility that no one will win the

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Eklund the Fraud…

I am sure most of you are aware of the rumour monger who goes by the alias ‘Eklund’. I think most of you also realize he is a complete fraud and that most of his rumours are a complete joke. But for those of you who don’t, or even those of you ho do and want another good laugh at Eklunds expense, consider this statement he wrote on his blog today. Some sources are saying that a Kessel trade to the Leafs may be much closer than we think. “Remember that Kessel isn’t signed,” a source said, “So before any

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Server issues

I apologize for the server issues we have experiences over the last several days.  The issues should be resolved now and everything should be back to normal but if anyone is still having issues be sure to let me know. Also, I’ll get back to writing some hockey stuff in the next week or so.  I am just finishing up my summer vacation/break before I get back into things full force.  Hope you are all having a good summer as well and I look forward to the upcoming hockey season.

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Judge Baum sides with Balsillie

Judge Redfield T. Baum has decided to allow all bidders into the September 10th auction, including Jim Balsillie against the pleading of the NHL. It was the most significant decision that Judge Baum has made so far in the bankruptcy case and in my opinion has clearly put Jim Balsillie’s offer for the Coyotes at the front of the line. On June 15th, Judge Baum ruled against the Balsillie offer to purchase the team largely because Balsillie could not prove that the NHL was violating anti-trust laws mostly because they had not yet denied his request to move the team

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