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Toronto Sun: Kulemin Talks at Standstill

From the Toronto Sun: "What he is asking for is not what we are prepared to pay,” the Leafs general manager said Thursday, when asked why he and Kulemin’s agent, Gary Greenstin, keep giving identical...

Leafs Ink Holzer

According to our own Clayton Hansler, the Maple Leafs have signed defensive prospect Korbinian Holzer to a 2 year, entry level contract worth $595,000 a season. For those wondering why it wasn't a standard...

2010 Free Agent Watch: Frolov to Hit the Market?

According to LA Kings beat writer Rich Hammond, it appears as if Kings winger Alexander Frolov is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st. Citing an interview with Kings' GM Dean...

Who Is: Jesse Blacker

Blacker has all the keys to being a successful top-4 blue-liner, but expect him to play a couple seasons in the AHL before seeing his first ice time in the big leagues. The newly turned nineteen year old must also add 20-25lbs to fill out his somewhat lanky frame in order to compete regularly against the leagues best. Though the Leafs depth at defensive has Blacker currently in the bottom third, as long as the Maple Leafs have Burke as general manager, Jesse will be in the system. Truculence and testosterone tops this youngster's resume, with a side of pugnacity and a light sprinkling of belligerence. I would compare the future of Blacker to that of Mike Van Ryn, just without the injuries (hopefully).
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Around the League: Glendale, Cormier, Mitchell, and Playoffs

Things may be relatively quiet in Leafs Nation these days, but that doesn't mean there has been a lack of excitement elsewhere in the NHL.As such, here are a few quick takes on some...

The Other Free Agent Market

During his first full year at the helm in Toronto, you could make the case that Brian Burke was the league's most active general manager. There was the Kessel summer blockbuster with Boston and...

Press Box School’idge: Lessons Learned vol. 1

Is it just me, or has the hockey season passed us by far quicker than usual? It seems like I just finished making arrangements for the home opener against Hamilton (which, might I add was a win) and here I am already looking back at the season that was.It was an absolute blur of call-ups and injuries. The bright young stars that comprised the frat-pack line (Tyler Bozak, Christian Hanson and Viktor Stalberg) all found their way up to the Leafs. Carl Gunnarsson, the player I was most keen on going into the season, left the Marlies early on for the big club and never looked back.

Leafs Defense: A Season In Review

Lots of reading today: Gus chips in an  analogical look at the NHL playoff series; Alex has your links with a look at potential Leaf Jussi Rynnas.In what was Brian Burke's first summer on...

A Look At The Leafs’ Remaining FAs

Now that the Leafs' most important pending free agent -- goaltender Jonas Gustavsson -- has been signed to a two-year contract extension, it is time to take a look at their remaining free agent...

Globe & Mail: Shipping out Grabovski

David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail speculates that Burke's first move this coming offseason will be to find a taker for forward Mikhail Grabovski. Shoalts explains that with Bozak and Kadri likely penciled...

Report: Leafs, Gustavsson Agree to 2 year Deal

Per TSN, the Toronto Maple Leafs have agreed in principle to a 2 year contract with pending-RFA goaltender Jonas Gustavsson. The contract is said to be worth $2.7 million in total (avg $1.35 million...

What Does The Future Hold For VR?

Note: If you crave insightful, indepth Leafs' analysis, I highly encourage you to read RSW's excellent article on Victor Stalberg.This past Saturday, Brian Burke was a guest on "Leafs Lunch" (am 640) and spoke...

Who Wouldn’t Want Some Tang on the Side?

Submitted by Michael Stephens (a.k.a.  Baumgartner)Apparently Sidney Crosby still lives with Mario Lemieux. Anyone else find that weird? Dude, you’re almost 23. You’ve got a Stanley cup ring, an Olympic gold medal, an 8.7...

Fun With Numbers: Ranking Kessel’s Production

About a month ago, we took a look at Phil Kessel's production, including the on-pace numbers for this season and (theoretically) projected 82-game statistics.With 10 games left to go in the season, perhaps it's time...

Good News: Tyler Bozak Edition.

Twice in the last week - once after the Tampa Bay game, once during the first intermission of the Oilers game - we've had the opportunity to watch Tyler Bozak do interviews for television....

Olympic Trade Freeze Primer

With the NHL's Olympic Trade Freeze about to hit at 3pm today, reports out of Pittsburgh indicate that the Maple Leafs had scouted the Penguins' Wednesday game against the Islanders. The obvious trade fit...

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...

Around the League

The Carolina Hurricanes are closing in on a deal with the San Jose Sharks for Niclas Wallin, while Leafs fans were begging it was Rickard. Kovalchuk turns down $101M, while the Rangers pull out...

Blockbuster Breakdown – The Forwards

We have all had a few days to digest Sunday's trades, but there is still a well of untapped implications.  Here's a closer look at the forwards involved: both the outgoing Leafs and our...

Kats Krunch: Phaneuf Regression In Context

In the end, perhaps the player to best describe the trades is ... Wayne Primeau?After all, the former Flame has been through this before.The surprising deal for all parties involved, smells eerily similar to...