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Is history repeating or will this time be different?

Brian Burke has done an outstanding job of refacing the Leafs organization in a very short period of time.  I for one am predicting a very surprising season from the Leafs as early as...

This is not an illusion!

I have been listening and watching Toronto media members discuss the Maple Leafs and am honestly beyond annoyed at their commentary and observations around the Leafs performance since the trade deadline.  I am not...

D-Day Wrap Up

Final Deadline Trades:Alexei Ponikarovsky to Pittsburgh for Luca Caputi and Martin Skoula Martin Skoula to New Jersey for a fifth round draft selection. Lee Stempniak to PHX for 4th and 7th rounders. Joey MacDonald to ANA...

A Collection of Rumors

This involves the Leafs, as well as around the league. TFP: The Los Angeles Kings, Pittsburgh Penguins and Nashville Predators are among the teams to have serious interest in Alexei Ponikarovsky. Various reports suggest...

Updating The Rumour Mill

With the Olympics wrapping up (and in the process Canada securing the record for most gold medals, capped off by our Men's and Women's hockey teams), the focus among hockey fans now shifts to...

Random Thoughts

Random talking points on a variety of topics including Giguere's shutout streak, a refreshing new attitude, the Schenn/Phaneuf connection, pending UFAs and more.Two games into his Maple Leafs career, Jean-Sebastian Giguere already...

Great Work Gus!!!

Wanted to take a minute and congratulate our very own Gus Katsaros on his segment on the Fan590 this afternoon.  Outstanding analysis of both the Phil Kessel/Savard relationship and analysis of the Boston Bruins...

What To Do With Tomas Kaberle?

This past Saturday, The Fourth Period discussed on their radio segment the possibility of the Toronto Maple Leafs trading Tomas Kaberle at some point this season, if the team's fortunes do not begin to...

Just for Fun: Michael Nylander?

To generate some discussion, Capitals blogger Steven Hindle threw out an interesting trade idea involving the Toronto Maple Leafs: Michael Nylander. Yes, he's old (turns 37 in about two weeks). Yes, he's coming off...

Quick Hits: The Defense, Ponikarovsky, and Kadri

Adnan Virk of Leafs TV recently caught up with GM Brian Burke for a brief chat and in his latest blog on mapleleafs.com, dishes out a few very revealing and interesting tidbits. Among the...

The Stralman Quandry

Since taking over the reigns of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Brian Burke identified several glaring weaknesses in his team.  In several press conferences, he clearly and succinctly described these weaknesses and his intention and...

Updated RFA Draft Choice Compensation Scale

Looks like the numbers have changed a bit from last year.RFA Refresher If teams sign a restricted free agent (RFA), the team holding that player's rights has the opportunity to match that offer.   If the...

Loose Ends: The Draft and the Silly Season

While he would never admit it, Ontario native Nazem Kadri must of felt a twinge of anger at how the biggest day in his life panned out. Treated like a high steak pawn at...

Qualifying Deadline – Odds and Ends

Sportsnet is reporting that the Maple Leafs have extended a qualifying offer to goaltender Justin Pogge, thus making him a restricted free agent. The team now has the ability to match any offer sheet...

This Is Intriguing

Don't shoot the messenger when you read this.I've been receiving messages all night about a couple of major trade scenarios that could go down in the near future.  However  I stress that as of...

Hometown Hero – Kurtis McLean

I had the opportunity to catch Kurtis McLean at Hockey Heritage North in Kirkland Lake, Ontario and ask him a few questions about his career and his future in the NHL. The 28 year...

Q&A Topic #1: Jeremy Williams

I'll be answering a question or two every few days to fill time and space while we wait for the dog days of another playoff-less spring to wane away. It should also give each...

Answering Your Q’s – Part One

Slow times in Leafland these days, so let's have a crack at a couple of those questions.Jon asks: "How much would you pay for Tavares? How much do you think it would take to...

Season in Review, Player-by-Player

Now that the 2008-09 regular season has officially ended, it's time to take a look back over the roster to assess each of the Maple Leafs' players.Note that I'm only including players who finished...

Playing The Odds

As the Trade Deadline approaches, speculation will continue to grow over which Maple Leaf players may be moving on to new NHL destinations.The following is my own personal estimation of the likelihood of regular...