Monthly Archives: March 2010

Toronto Maple Leafs Rebuild Tracker

The Toronto Maple Leafs rebuild effectively began once John Ferguson Jr. was fired in January of 2008. Cliff Fletcher came in, and despite a valiant effort on his part, he was not able to acquire assets for the Leafs veterans. After a few minor moves, Brian Burke came in, here is a look at what Brian Burke has been able to do, and where the franchise is going.

When Burke first came in, aside from Luke Schenn, there was very little positive movement happening in Leafland. Since then, he has made the roster his team, aside from a few players who are likely to be moved, this roster belongs to Brian Burke.

Moore's motto: Have stick, will travel

PAT HICKEY, The Gazette

Dominic Moore seems like an unlikely candidate to serve as the missing piece to the puzzle as the Canadiens battle to earn a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Marc Savard may miss season

Steve Conroy

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said it’s well within the realm of possibility that Marc Savard could miss the rest of the season with the Grade 2 concussion the star playmaker suffered Sunday in Pittsburgh.

Cooke trying to reach Bruins' Savard

Dave Molinari, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Penguins left winger Matt Cooke has “reached out” to Boston center Marc Savard, according to Penguins coach Dan Bylsma.

Tuukka Rask close to return

Steve Conroy

Tuukka Rask is back in the fold.

Rask practiced yesterday with a handful of Bruins , his second day on the ice after he was forced to the sidelines when an old right knee injury cropped up.

The top 10 reasons why Crosby snubbed Letterman invite


By Greg Wyshynski

In yet another “how the NHL should capitalize on the Olympic viewership column, Artie Gigantino of the San Francisco Chronicle Examiner makes a few salient suggestions (loved the newspaper ad) and a few awful ones (1. Ban fighting; 2. ???? 3. Get Olympic ratings). But this idea definitely resonated:

Matt Cooke's Dirty Hit on Marc Savard a Sign That Rules Need to Change in N

James Murphy

A solid effort and textbook road game by the Bruins ended in an unfortunate 2-1 loss to the Penguins on Sunday. But the result Sunday was secondary, because Bruins center Marc Savard was the victim of a vicious blindsided elbow by Penguins forward Matt Cooke and, according to team representative Eric Tosi, will remain in Pittsburgh Sunday night with a team physician.

Oil lose Jones

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI

Newly acquired winger Ryan Jones is likely done for the season after the Derek Boogaard cheap shot in the first period of Jones’s first home game with the Oilers.

He has a second-degree tear in the MCL of his right knee and will miss about four weeks. With only five weeks left in the season, it doesn’t look good for a return.

What Mike Gillis and the Canucks should do leading up to and after the draft.

With the trade deadline having just past, what lies ahead for the Vancouver Canucks leading up to draft weekend.

Nolan will spill blood for Wild's big finish


MICHAEL RUSSO

The Wild’s 38-year-old warrior forward was poised to be dealt at the deadline but is happy to have stuck around for a playoff push.

Owen Nolan was sitting in a doctor’s office Thursday about to get “plenty of stitches” when he decided it was best to get off the phone.

This ’n’ that

BRUCE GARRIOCH

Leafs D Tomas Kaberle will be moved before the draft. He submitted a list of three teams — possibly the Rangers, Bruins and Flyers — where he’d be willing to go on deadline day. Kaberle would rather not play in the Western Conference …

Gaborik to play against Capitals

JAY GREENBERG

“In a perfect world I would [take] more rest, but there are 18 games to go and I want to be part of it,” Gaborik said after participating in a full practice yesterday, declaring himself a go against the Capitals tonight in Washington (7:00, MSG Plus, WNYM 970 AM).

Most overrated player in the League?

Brad Richards. Here’s a guy who’s name has been in trade rumours on and off for a couple years now, and he was even traded a couple seasons ago. Even though Mike Smith didn’t work out in Tampa, and Jussi Jokinen, and Halpern are both gone, I still say Tampa won this deal by getting rid of the league’s softest, most overpaid, and overrated player.

Why do you all love this guy, and who is your pick for the league’s most overrated?