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https://twitter.com/darrendreger/status/589084009717637120 Burke's potential role isn't clear, but the two have history dating back to their New Jersey Devils days. He wouldn't exactly be an experienced candidate, but some may be unaware Burke has been in a managerial role for six years dating back to 2008, when he was hired by the Coyotes as the 'Director of Prospect Development.' He now works as both an AGM and a goalie coach in Phoenix. Friday Links: Lance Hornby: Even if Leafs get McDavid, they have a long way to go (Toronto Sun) “We must be realistic,” Dubas said, en route to watching the Marlies play Friday in Milwaukee....

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It was a fun opening night of round one last night. Your recap: Tonight's games: Pittsburgh vs. NY Rangers - 7 p.m., CBC Detroit vs. Tampa Bay - 7:30 p.m., Sportsnet Minnesota vs. St. Louis - 9:30 p.m., Sportsnet 360 Winnipeg vs. Anaheim - 10:30 p.m., Sportsnet Thursday Links: Sean McIndoe: 10 Observations in the Aftermath of ‘The Slash’ (Grantland) There may not be a combination of teams in the league that are any worse suited to handle this kind of situation. Montreal fans and media are obsessed with the team’s history and status, yet weirdly predisposed to view everything through the lens of shadowy conspiracy; Senators fans...

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A few items before the links. Great Spring weather with playoff hockey in the air; the only way it gets any better is if the Leafs are playing instead of firing people. MLHS commenter Luke_R has set up a playoff bracket challenge for us; come compete for bragging rights. I The Bruins have fired Peter Chiarelli. Chiarelli did some great things to create the Bruins' window for contention and he can ultimately rest his head on his Cup ring, but he definitely had a bad couple of years that precipitated the closure of that window and steered the Bruins away from sustained...

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My season-long project to chart Toronto Maple Leaf scoring chances mercifully finished on Saturday; you can take a look at my methodology in my first post at MLHS. The key moment of the season was the firing of Randy Carlyle, and you can see that while the team's record went south after the coaching change, that wasn't reflected in their chance numbers. There was no difference between the two coaches in ES Close chances, even as the Toronto Maple Leafs' record plummeted. The Maple Leafs were better at ES overall under Horachek, but that may be down to score effects, as...

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All of your coverage from the past few days in one spot: Brendan Shanahan well aware of past managerial downfalls Brendan Shanahan's Media Address: Notable Passages Brendan Shanahan's Media Address: Video Bob McKenzie: Mike Futa could be perfect fit as Leafs GM Leafs fire Director of Pro Scouting Steve Kasper and Director of Player Development Jimmy Hughes; Director of Amateur Scouting Dave Morrison expected to stay on Leafs fire Dave Nonis, Peter Horachek, Steve Spott, Chris Dennis, Rick St. Croix Tuesday Links:I Kyle Cicerella: Kyle Dubas, Maple Leafs implementing a new vision for player development (Kyle The Reporter) “I think to pigeonhole a player with the Marlies as...

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46ikAhw198g The Marlies will have a three-game set this Friday-Saturday-Sunday in need of at least two of six points to clinch a spot in the Calder Cup playoffs. http://twitter.com/kylethereporter/status/588167591849431040   SCORING SUMMARY TORONTO: G. McKegg (J. Leivo, V. Loov), B. Froese (M. Frattin), B. Mikkelson (B. Leipsic, S. Percy), G. McKegg (J. Leivo, T. Brennan), M. Frattin IOWA: B. Brassart (S. Veilleux, J. Chouinard), M. Hagel (J. Blum, Z. Mitchell) MARLIES NOTES MATT FRATTIN collected a goal and an assist playing in his 100th AHL game GREG MCKEGG scored his 20th and 21st  goals of the season, opening the scoring for the Marlies and surpassing his career high for...

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As we continue to bat around candidates for the vacant Leafs GM role, Elliotte Friedman reported today that he's hearing the Leafs will try to request permission from Tampa Bay to speak to Julien BriseBois (as well Director of Player Personnel, Pat Verbeek, who oversees pro scouting for the Lighting). No confirmation, but other teams would be surprised if Toronto did not at least try to interview both Julien BriseBois and Pat Verbeek from Tampa. No doubt there will be more. Verbeek played with both Shanahan (in New Jersey) and Hunter (in Hartford). As you can imagine, there were a...

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There's so much that has to happen still before this management regime has my faith, but I thought Brendan Shanahan's press conference today hit all the right notes. While watching I couldn't stop drawing the contrasts: Brendan Shanahan's approach couldn't be more starkly different from Brian Burke's in the early days of his tenure. It was almost like he was utilizing the early-days Burke era example as a manual for what not to say. Shanahan gave Leafs fans more credit for their patience and desire to follow a draft and development model than Burke. He implicitly acknowledged the need to...