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So let's get this straight: Burke wants a top six winger with some size who can score. Ideally, that player is young enough to fit into the team's long-term core and plays with the kind of aggressive, up-tempo forechecking style the Leafs hope to one day employ. What if he were an Ontario kid, a former 3rd overall pick, and figures to be on the trading block? Bonus! According to the Sun Sentinel, Horton's agent would "not be surprised" if Nathan were dealt between now and the draft, as his no-trade clause kicks on July 1st. He had spoken with...

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It was something that was unbelievable, but at the same time, somewhat not surprising, given the type of people they are. As many of you may-or may not-know, I am a committee member for a charity golf tournament held each summer in Strathroy, Ontario in support of the Heart and Stroke Foundation.  Last year we raised $5,000 in our first year of the tournament, and yesterday, June 5th, was the second annual event. Eight months of hard planning, a delicate high wire act of balancing teams, sponsors, donations, and other variables that you undoubtedly run into along the way, and it...

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While many didn't predict the Blackhawks and Flyers to be in the Stanley Cup Finals, there are plenty of historical facts that may prove the hockey Gods have decided this would be the match-up for the Stanley Cup before the year even started. The last time the Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup was in 1961 against the Detroit Red Wings. In order to reach that feat, they had to first defeat the Montreal Canadiens. Forty-nine years later, the Flyers had to defeat the Canadiens to reach the finals. While it was the original six, it seems a bit coincidental...

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It will be confirmed during a 3PM press conference, but the Tampa Bay Lightning will announce their newest general manager as Steve Yzerman today. Yzerman will replace Brian Lawton who was fired last month. Yzerman worked for four seasons as Vice President and Alternate Governor for the Detroit Red Wings after retiring as a player in 2006. Recently, Yzerman helped build Canada's 2010 Olympic Gold Medal winning team. Bringing this type of hockey mind to the city of Tampa Bay is great for a market on its way back up. Yzerman brings plenty of leadership and class to a club...

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Former Team Canada World Juniors captain, Patrice Cormier, will be facing charges of "assault causing injury," says Annie-Claude Bergeron, a spokes-person for the Crown prosecutor's office of Rouyn-Noranda. Cormier will appear in court on July 12 for his hit on Mikael Tam on January 25th of 2010. The QMJHL suspended Cormier for the rest of the regular season and playoffs following the incident. Tam spent a night in the hospital, then returned and was suspended 2 games himself for a hit from behind against the Gatineau Olympiques on March 12th 2010. This is a dangerous road for any league to be...