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For a hockey fan, hope springs eternal in the fall. Summer ends today, my team is back on the ice and I'm absolutely stoked to get my first look at Versteeg in a Leafs' uni; to scope out Jerry D'Amigo and Jussi Rynnas; to leave the failure of last year behind. I am ready to love this team again.

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, Join us in the comments as Alex Tran and I go head-to-head carving up the Leafs youth. (Note**) - for the record I will be making the picks for each of us as Alex is boozing busting loose at some bar. I asked him if he was drunk, he said no, but his picks will tell show us the truth. In the spirit of ranking the organization's top young talent (prospects + established NHLers), Gus and I will be facing off tonight at approximately 10pm EST in a 1 on 1 drafting session of Maple Leaf players who are 24...

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During an appearance on London radio's “The Hook” with Norman James last Friday, our conversation at one point took an interesting turn toward the notion of player personality, and how it affects fan perception and the manner in which fans relate to the players. It's an interesting subject – the trichotomy of fan/player/team identity, and not one the majority of fans spend much time pondering. What is it, beyond star power, that draws fans to feel they have formed certain bonds with specific players...

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Could Fehr be the perfect tonic if the leagues board of govenors splinter over revenue sharing?

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After Frantisek Kaberle's comments, what is Tomas' personal value?

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It's time for another MLHS FanPost, DefenceWinsChampionships stops in again and this time takes a closer look at the stats of Maple Leafs defender Luke Schenn, and how those stats stand up beside comparable players. A True Schenn-derella Story By Byron Nelson (aka: DefenceWinsChampionships) Anyone that remembers my last fan post: “A Comparison of the Toronto Maple Leafs’ Defensemen”, will already be well-aware of my love of statistics. In that specific piece of writing, I took a look at the 2009/10 season stats for each current member of the Toronto Maple Leafs’ defensive corps. I then used the information I had gathered...

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Toronto Maple Leafs General Manager, Brian Burke should have uttered one phrase to explain the situation, one simple little phrase to envelope the reasoning for the Phil Kessel trade; “Our picks in our vision of where we ended up are overvalued in accordance to the available crop of prospects.” But in Toronto, to admit that in what’s deemed as a ‘rebuild’ would have been a PR disaster. Despite popular opinion, he wasn’t wrong. The world is no longer flat, it’s round .. like a full-cirle (TORONTO - Gus Katsaros) We have to start this off with the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Generally described as...

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Brian Burke stated this morning, "if these offers are all we get, he is staying put," in regards to the Tomas Kaberle trade watch. It has put many fans on their heels as they await a trade, but it should be known that this statement could be nothing more than a trade tactic. With nearly half a dozen offers reportedly sent the Maple Leafs and Brian Burke's way, he has simply let the rest of the league know that he is willing to hang on to his asset. Now, circulated rumors suggest the Leafs may sign Kaberle to an extension....

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The Tomas Kaberle trade watch is now in effect with only 36 hours to go until this situation concludes. The rumor mill is running rampant with some high profile names and some future fan favorites, but let's dive into who is being mentioned as possible blue and white sweater bearers. The Toronto Star reports San Jose is interested and names such as Logan Couture, Derek Joslin, and Devon Setoguchi could be headed Toronto's way along with a pick. Eklund has even suggested Joe Thornton, but that seems to be quite the stretch. Los Angeles has been involved from the start and...

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How the Hawks created their own dilemma, not the cap.

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A Comparison of the Toronto Maple Leafs’ Defensemen By: Byron Nelson (aka: DefenseWinsChampionships) Bored at work on a Monday afternoon, I found myself wondering which current Maple Leafs’ defenseman had the best season in 2009/2010. While the obvious pick would be a flashy, high point-producing player like Tomas Kaberle or Dion Phaneuf, it seemed as if a greater deal of investigation would be required to come up with an informative answer. Needless to say, investigate is exactly what I did. First off, I must apologize for leaving Jeff Finger out of the comparison. No, I did not forget the seldom-used, overpaid, Fletcher...

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The intangible value of Giguere in a young Leafs system.

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by Michael Cuttell Put your hand up if you think the Leafs are only one or two pieces away from winning a Stanley Cup this year. OK, I admire your enthusiasm, but put your hands down! There’s actually a good reason I’ve posed this question and I’ll come to it again in just a minute. With the long awaited Kaberle trade still looming, many in Leafs Nation have asked the question: If he could be had so cheaply, why didn’t Burke sign Frolov? The answer is that he didn’t want him; and trust me Leafs’ fans, you don’t want him...

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- If the TSN reports that Frolov could sign a 1 year deal comparable to that of Afinogenov last season ($800,000) are true, then why weren't the Maple Leafs heavily involved in discussions with Frolov's agent? He's a big guy who can win some pucks, plays a well-rounded game and would fit perfectly in the top line left wing role at a bargain basement price. Remember a few weeks ago when I talked about a deteriorating market? This potential signing may just be the beginning. - The Toronto Sun reports that the Maple Leafs' Rookie tournament will take place at...

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Leagues decision to battle Kovalchuk contract gives the NHLPA incentive entering the next round of CBA negotiations.

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Leafs Preseason Synopsis Part 1  - Defense and Goaltending By: Michael Cuttell With free agency cooling off and countless free-agent and team roster questions floating around, it’s time for Leafs fans to look at what they have, what they can afford to lose , what they need, and what they can realistically get to fill those needs. This is a step by step speculative analysis of those questions. Since Burke is so fond of explaining his building model as one that starts from the net out, we should begin with an examination of Leafs goal-tending situation. A year and a half ago,...

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Why the Maple Leafs should make the playoffs in 2010-11‏ By: Joe Cino Everything that could have gone wrong for the Maple Leafs in 2009-10 did. A combination of cold streaks, underperforming veterans, bad goaltending and a slew of injuries capped off a basement finish. The roster has been fine tuned, with additions like Giguere, Phaneuf and Versteeg chief among them, but by and large most of the roster is the same as last year’s iteration. With so many holdovers from the previous year, are the playoffs a realistic goal for the Maple Leafs? I believe that they are, with Corsi...

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Ilya Kovalchuk’s record breaking 17 year, $102 Million deal has been shot down by the NHL for reasons of cap circumvention (per TSN).  To brass tacks the article, the NHL put the kybosh on Lou and his Swamp Band on the grounds that the deal was being proposed and executed outside of good faith. This occurs a mere day after it was announced, and a day after I posted the following comment (the 759th) on Nikhil Daljeet’s article, “Kovalchuk Signs with the Devils”: I dunno, its just so transparent to everyone around the league.  Burke talks about it, but most GMs...

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The topic on the tip of everyone's tongue in Toronto has been the future of Maple Leafs' defenseman Tomas Kaberle. Long-rumoured to be a candidate for trade -- primarily due to the relative weakness of the roster surrounding him, post-lockout -- most are convinced it will be his departure which resolves not only the logjam on the Leafs' blueline, but also the need for a scoring forward. While nobody can say for sure where Kaberle will end up, there has been loads of speculation pertaining to multiple destinations of late. The temporary expiration of Kaberle's No-Trade Clause has, naturally,...

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In their report, TSN mentions section 26.3 of the CBA which alludes to the NHL’s right to reject a deal upon suspicion of circumvention. There's just one problem: Kovalchuk's contract didn’t outwardly violate any payroll or term stipulations in the CBA (which are outlined in section 50). In other words, the Devils have NHLPA has an excellent case to file a grievance. Sure, the league suspects circumvention, but how can they actually prove it when the terms of the contract conform to the existing stipulations of the CBA? Not to mention the league has...