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The Latest Talk: Would You Do It?

In just over two weeks, the NHL Entry Draft will be upon us.  Naturally, speculation as to the future destination of the top prospects is heating up.   With July 1st rapidly approaching, trade rumours...

Join TSM in support of The Ride To Conquer Cancer

I'm going to take a moment to depart from hockey talk, and encourage readers and fellow bloggers to join our friends at Toronto Sports Media in their open challenge to raise unprecedented Barilkosphere support...

The GTR Bandwagon

Anybody who has played an EA Sports hockey title in the last decade will be familiar with the create-a-team function whereby the gamer is allowed to shape a franchise, choose its name, logo and...

Personal Hijack

The interview between league Commissioner, Gary Bettman, on Toronto radio station, FAN590 segment "The Game Plan" featuring Doug Maclean and Jack Armstrong, was a first hand look at the battle the relocation to Hamilton...

The Free Agency Bargain Bin

In the MLSE land of unreasonable expectations, even a superstar troupe like Burke and Wilson will not be afforded another record breaking season; at least not if said record is a fifth consecutive season...

Brian Burke wants to go shopping

Maple Leafs' GM Brian Burke, per the Toronto Star: "We intend to be pushing the cap every year. We want to spend the money intelligently. We're Big Blue, we're going to spend to the cap." Now,...

Chicago 7, Vancouver 5. Goodbye Mats Sundin.

Mats Sundin's season with the Vancouver Canucks, his chase for the 2009 Stanley Cup that brought him out of pseudo-retirement, and possibly his NHL career, ended tonight with the Canucks' elimination from the playoffs...

Things are getting Sillie in Phoenix

Well, well, well. In the non-surprise of the century, Jim Balsillie put in an offer on the recently-bankrupted Phoenix Coyotes before the ink had even dried on the bankruptcy papers.    With a condition, of course: ...

Rotten Economy Makes Second Team Feasible

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...

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...

MLSE may not block bid for a second Toronto franchise

NHLPA executive director Paul Kelly was on HockeyCentral At Noon today, and among other topics he briefly discussed the possibility of a second NHL team coming to Toronto. When asked why Toronto has not been...

Burke to Meet with Gustavsson Today

Finally some movement on the Jonas Gustavsson front, the 24 year old star netminder of the Swedish Elite League. From the Toronto Sun: "According to a Swedish source familiar with the situation, Burke will...

The CBA Explained: Waivers

Following some of the discussion surrounding the Matt Gilroy signing in NY, and specifically the one-way versus two-way contract debate, I thought I'd provide for you guys a look at how the NHL waiver...

Rangers win Gilroy sweeps

As per TSN, the Rangers have signed Boston University free agent defenseman Matt Gilroy, winner of the Hobey Baker Award as this year's best college hockey player. It is believed Gilroy and the Rangers...

Support the Kids!

Even though the Maple Leafs season is officially over, it doesn't mean that there's no playoff hockey here in Toronto. The Marlies just started their Round 1 series of the AHL playoffs last night...

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...

Weekend Odds and Ends

Less than 24 hours after the Leafs season officially ended with a win over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night, the fans and media have already turned their attention to two important dates: June...

Two Down. Now What? Update: Gilroy and Bozak Details

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...

Leafs lose draft pick for Frogren deal

The Maple Leafs have forfeited a fourth round draft pick and $500 000 for paying Swedish defenseman Jonas Frogren a $750 000 signing bonus this past summer, part of which he used to buy...

Marlies Clear Day Roster; Odds N’ Ends

The American Hockey League has released the 2008-09 Clear Day Period lists for each of its 29 member clubs. Each Clear Day roster consists of a maximum of 22 players. According to AHL by-laws, only those...
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