In case you missed it, here are some of the key points from Burke's interview on the Fan590 this morning:
There have been some legitimate [more…]
As we head into the draft weekend, Burke's shown the fans and media that a) he's not afraid to swing a huge deal and b) [more…]
Weâ€™ve partnered up with Pension Plan Puppets to bring to you a Player Review series, where we will be evaluating and grading the 2009-10 season for every Leaf who featured in a significant number of games for the Blue and White last season, with an eye towards 2010-11. Next up we feature Nazem Kadri, profiled by Chemmy:
"The Summary: This is the kid we wanted. Nazem Kadri is a talented prospect with slick hands andÂ a flair for dramatic moves that have completely embarassed defenders in the OHL.
He played one game in the NHL this year as an emergency recall against theÂ San Jose Sharks where he was a minus one and didn't record a shot on net. Kadri represents our hopes as Leafs fans but it's important to temper your expectations: Kadri isn't the next Crosby and has a lot of work to do as a player and an athlete before he's ready to be our first line center.
What's that? You've been waiting anxiously waiting for the Tuesday Prospect report? Well, wait no more.
This week we profile the Leafs 1st round selection, [more…]
Nazem Kadri had quite the eventful game earlier today against the Ottawa 67's. On one play, young centre crashed into the 67's goalie while going [more…]
Nazem Kadri continues his torrid play with another 2 goals last night against the Sagniaw Spirit. The first one was an absolute beauty, really highlighting [more…]
- The Toronto Sun explains that Burke came very close to acquiring Brent Sopel in two potential deals that both were believed to have fallen [more…]
Update: Damien Cox is reporting that Burke is currently working on at least two possible trades.
- The Toronto Sun's got a very interesting quote [more…]
After all the hype surrounding a potential trade up proved for naught, Brian Burke went with a surprise pick in centerman Nazem Kadri at #7. The fact of the matter is that first-rounders are as cherished as ever and Burke was going to have to overpay to make anything happen in the top 5.
Was it fair to expect Burke to pull off something magical tonight? No, but it's his own fault if he gets flamed for what happened or rather what didn't. His uninhibited self-promotion these last few months set the expectations high and he came up empty. Nazem Kadri deserves his fair shake and for all intents and purposes seems a promising top 6 prospect. But it's time for a little more action and a little less talk on Burke's part, or at least a lot less talk if there isn't going to be more action.