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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;
â€œOur picks in our vision of where we ended up are overvalued in accordance to the available crop of prospects.â€
But in Toronto, to admit that in whatâ€™s deemed as a â€˜rebuildâ€™ would have been a PR disaster.
Despite popular opinion, he wasnâ€™t wrong.
The world is no longer flat, itâ€™s round .. like a full-cirle
As many of you are nowÂ aware we received this post from one of ownÂ Amoroq last nite:
I lost a nephew today, he was 20 years old, it was sudden, and quite a shock. The family is in need of assistance due various layoffs and they need help to give the kind of funeral he deserves. My Sister has negotiated the sum down from $10,000.00 to $6626.00 but still they need help. I know its a large amount, but any little bit will help. $5.00, $10.00 anything.
Please follow the link below, it is my Wifeâ€™s blog and may not be your cup of tea but this is where you will find the donation box.
My thanks in advance.
As long as I have been a contributor at MLHS, Amoroq has been a regular supporter of our site, in fact as Alec informed me in his e-mail last nite when I should of posted this, Amoroq’s contribution’s pre-date mine,Â responding as he did way back on our very first post:
Look at that, 13 responses. As the site has grown Amoroq (as well asÂ those of you who may remember that post) have been ever present and I know Alec, as well as myself and the rest of our contributorsÂ are all grateful for the support shown and as such wanted to showÂ our support at this difficult time and do whatever we can to promoteÂ his familiesÂ cause.
I like to think of this site as a communityÂ and Amoroq has been integral to that since the very beginning. I know many of you have already contributed, but for those who haven’t I hope you can find the time to visit his wifes site and contribute what you can.
For one of our own and with our sincerest condolences, the MLHS.
Why the Maple Leafs should make the playoffs in 2010-11â€
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 yearâ€™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 ratings, Goals versus Threshold and the realistic impact of the new Leafs taken into account.
Great to see such an active group of readers. Here are a couple of FanPosts for your Friday afternoon reading enjoyment with today’s theme being youth, youth and more youth. Paul LeMay (B. Leaf) takes an in-depth look at the team’s organizational prospect depth while Chuck Johnson compares Nazem Kadri’s chances of making the NHL as a 2nd year player with those of previous high draft picks.
According to the Toronto Maple Leafs official Twitter feed, the club announced today the signing of free agent defenseman Brett Lebda to a two-year deal worth $1.45 million per season.
Lebda spent the last five seasons with the Detroit Red Wings after the organization signed him as a free agent in 2004, picking up a Stanley Cup ring in during his stay in ’08.
Lebda’s career high in points is 18. Â He had 16 two years ago, but saw his total fall to just 8 points last year, though he did only play 63 games due to a back injury.
Lebda has great pace and puck-rushing ability, though his point-total doesn’t necessarily reflect that.Â The Buffalo Native is thick for his height at 195 pounds, but is a bit undersized at 5’9. He does play a game bigger than his frame would suggest. $1.45 million seems a tad pricey, but hopes will be that Lebda will be able to improve production on a Leafs blueline that doesn’t have the type of elite offensive weapons from the blueline like Detroit had in Brian Rafalski and Nik Lidstrom (this providing Kaberle is dealt, and no doubt this seems like a poor-man’s replacement).
“Final chance to get in on the MLHS Playoff Hockey Pool!
Go to:Â http://fantasy.sportsnet.ca/sportsnet/hkplayoff10
Itâ€™s free and there are great prizes on the line including aÂ 52â€³ Flat Panel HDTV, not to mention national bragging rights!
Once youâ€™ve registered go to the Groups page at
http://fantasy.sportsnet.ca/sportsnet/hkplayoff10/groups and join the â€œMaple Leafs Hot Stoveâ€ group that Iâ€™ve created.
The group password is: leafs
Congrats to everyone who played in the regular season pool!”
The Torontosaurus Rex for Week 21 is ….
Rask gets the start in goal as the Leafs attempt to string together three wins for the first time this season.
As per Darren Dreger Twitter:
“Christian Hanson expected to be called up by Leafs.”
I think eventually all of Tyler Bozak, Victor Stalberg and Jiri Tlusty will be given more auditions this season. Maybe even finish the season with the big club.
Watching the Leafs play this season has already clearly demonstrated 3 distinct and separate teams.Â Â Team1 started the season on a dreadful 0-6-1 streak.Â Team2 surfaced on the teams first extended raod trip, and although losing the opener by the closest of margins in Vancouver, they managed to rally off a string of impressive games, still falling short and losing in extra time or in a shootout.Â Team3, continued to pick up a point in games and more recently have managed to win their last 2 in a row.Â But, IÂ was leftÂ asking the question, why the turn around?Â If one was to read the various media reports, 1 man alone was responsible for the Leafs woes early on (Toskala) and now one man alone is the saviour and is responsible for the Leafs turn around (Gustavsson).
The Maple Leafs deserved better in tonight’s 4-3 overtime loss to the Dallas Stars. It was frustrating to see another strong effort come up short. The Leafs really need to start pulling out some of these close games if they want to get back into contention.
They can’t afford to lose those games “that they deserved to win,” because it doesn’t seem like they are good enough to win the games “they should have lost.” Take a look at the Montreal Canadiens; 5 of the their 6 wins this have come in overtime or shootout. Instead of being 6-6-0, the Habs could easily be 1-6-5. However, they’ve found ways to pull out those close games. I hate to say it, but it’s a sign of a better team.
You all know the record (0-5-1). However, has the Maple Leafs play thus far really warranted that record? Anyone who has watched all the gamesÂ will probably sayÂ yes, yes it has. But what do the numbers look like?
Ron Wilson won’t tell us who’s starting tonight game, but Jonas Gustavsson left the ice first at today’s practice, meaning that he’s expected to start.
With the new season quickly approaching, the Maple Leafs have brought backÂ the old commercial in which fans talk about their favourite Leafs goal of all-time (you know the one, right?). So it got me thinking, what’s my favourite Maple Leafs goal of all-time?
Borschevsky versus the Red Wings in 1993? Nope. Gilmour’s overtime wrap-around against the Blues that same year? No, not that one either. My favourite Leaf goal of all-time is Steve Thomas’ OT winner in Game 5 versus the Senators in the 2000 playoffs. Now the overtime goals by Borschevsky and Gilmour may have been bigger, but I have to put Stumpy’s winner at the top of my list because I saw it in person.
Just a quick update: Joey MacDonald has been placed on waivers with the intention of sending him to the Marlies, meaning that Jonas Gustavsson will in fact, be with the big club to start the season.
Also, Jiri Tlusty, Nikolai Kulemin & Tyler Bozak are not expected to play Thursday versus the Canadiens, according toÂ Ron Wilson. Still no word on who else is going to down to the minors.
Just got a tip that the Stralman-Primeau swap is the tip of the iceberg to something larger happening in Toronto.Â Â Being told to keep an eye on the Blue JacketsÂ –Â Brassard and Klesla are two names that have been bandied about in the rumour mill.
There has beenÂ a lot of talk surrounding Columbus, Vancouver and St. Louis during the past week.Â Â Â The *suspicion* is that today’sÂ Stralman trade was a necessary move to facilitate another, larger move with one of the three aforementioned teams.
Speculate away, folks.Â ThingsÂ are getting real interesting, real fast.Â UpdatesÂ will come as IÂ receive them.
This proposed offer to purchase the struggling Phoenix Coyotes by Jim Balsillie may be a better possibility this time around. It may seem impossible to fathom another NHL club so close to its flagship franchise, the Leafs and the Buffalo Sabres, but it’s not jurisdiction that’s at the heart of the issue here.
It’s the salary cap, revenue and a return to the dead puck era.
Christian Hanson’s getting ready to make his NHL debut tonight against the Philadelphia Flyers. Tyler Bozak is pretty much signed, sealed and delivered. But according to multiple news outlets, Brian Burke’s just getting warmed up. Next on his list: Boston University’s Matt Gilroy and Northeastern University’s Brad Thiessen.
Courtesy of Sportsnet:
“The Toronto Maple Leafs have won the race to sign highly-touted free agent forward Tyler Bozak from the University of Denver Pioneers, sources tell Sportsnet. A strong two-way centre, Bozak has been generating league-wide interest since his freshman year with as many as 25 NHL teams trying to get his name on a contract.”
JIMMY HAYES (# 10) â€“ RW
Birthdate: November 21, 1989
Hometown: Dorchester, Massachusetts
Size: 6-5, 210 lbs (team listing)
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