Monthly Archives: June 2010

Maple Leafs Aquire Versteeg From Blackhawks in 5 Player Deal

The Chicago Blackhawks are sending forward Kris Versteeg to Toronto in a five-player deal. He had 44 points in 79 regular-season games last season. Versteeg added 14 points in the post-season for the Stanley Cup champions. The Maple Leafs give up forwards Viktor Stalberg , Chris DiDomenico and Philippe Paradis in the deal. Toronto also gets the rights to left-winger Bill Sweatt .

Tons of Rumors as Free Agent Season Nears

1. Peter Chiarelli, Bruins press on with Tyler Seguin, Nathan Horton

2. MCKENZIE: EVERYTHING GOING ON AS JULY 1 NEARS

3. Plenty of NHL teams will be looking to hop aboard the A-Train when free agency begins Thursday.

4. Gillis must bolster blue line beyond Ballard acquisition

5. Players that the Canucks May target

Writing's on the wall for Kaberle

As much as Burke loves Kaberle, and Kaberle loves the Leafs, all signs point to a trade

For public consumption anyway, it has been well over a year of mutual admiration and asserting that there is no need for the relationship to end.

Maple Leafs defenceman Tomas Kaberle has professed his love for all things Toronto — save the losing.

Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke has professed his love for all things Kaberle — save the fact that trading him might bring some desperate scoring help.

Brian Burke ready to make moves as free agency opens

The Maple Leafs will be front and centre on Thursday when free agency opens up.

“We will be active,” said GM Brian Burke. “I expect plenty of activity despite a shrinking talent pool.”

But who will be a Leaf? If he lasts until then, no question Burke would love to land defenceman Dan Hamhuis, giving him the freedom to deal a blue-liner or two for a top-six forward.

Trade Rumors and NHL News – June 30, 2010

Jokinen back to Florida?

Kings still prime suitors for Ilya Kovalchuk


Penguins: No progress in Hamhuis talks

the blue north strong……..you'll see,future watch TML

So last season wasn’t a great thing to watch for leaf fans (actually it was quite abismal) but things should be looking up with a future with players like these:

Dion Phaneuf:Still only 25 and one of the youngest leafs to be named captain
believe me this guy IS NOT a one and done.

Luke Schenn: 21 and will feed off of the captains lead

Canadiens, Predators engage in three-player swap

The Nashville Predators sent a pair of unrestricted free agents to the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday in exchange for restricted free agent forward Sergei Kostitsyn.

In return for Kostitsyn, the Canadiens acquired goaltender Dan Ellis and forward Dustin Boyd. A fifth-round conditional pick in the 2012 Entry Draft could also be transferred from one team to the other depending on whether each player signs with his new team or if his rights end up being traded.

July 1st options

July 1st is around the corner and I found myself looking at free agent lists and wondering what Brian Burke might do this Thursday. The players I will mention are players I BELIEVE to be good fits in Toronto and by no means am I saying they will/want to sign here.

With that said I will focus mostly on forwards since the Leafs have 5 goalies in the system and even if Kaberle is traded we still have ample defencemen at the ready.

So keeping with Burke mantra…we need some top 6 scorers and some bottom 6 grinders. What we have at the moment is:

Savard in play, but he may not be a GM’s go-to guy

If you believe various NHL types, the chase for Marc Savard will feature as much speed as the slow-motion O.J. Simpson-Ford Bronco caper.

However, there are indications Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke may get some competition for the Boston Bruins centre, even though Burke has yet to dive in with all guns blazing, à la his pursuit a year ago for Savard’s former linemate, Phil Kessel. Calgary Flames GM Darryl Sutter might be looking to reunite Savard with another of his ex-wingers, Jarome Iginla, now that he decided to close out the Ollie Jokinen disaster with a buyout of winger Ales Kotalik.

Burke says no to Mitchell

Restricted free agent John Mitchell will not get a qualifying offer from the Maple Leafs and will be free to sign elsewhere come Thursday, but that doesn’t mean general manager Brian Burke has pushed the centre out the Bay St. door.

Canadiens end Pouliot speculation

The Canadiens ended any speculation about Benoit Pouliot’s immediate future with the team when they signed him to a one-year deal worth $1.35 million yesterday.

There were a few raised eyebrows last week when Pouliot was not in a group of restricted free agents who received qualifying offers from the club.

Juggling act as free agency looms

The easy part for the Vancouver Canucks was to tender qualifying offers to restricted free agents Shane O’Brien, Mason Raymond, Jannik Hansen and Tanner Glass before Monday’s deadline to retain negotiation rights and roster flexibility.

The hard part will be to see how they all fit — or don’t fit — into a revamped roster next NHL season.

By qualifying the troubled O’Brien at the $1.6 million US the defenceman earned last season, it will only add more drama to an intriguing back-end tale.

LEAFS GM BURKE HAS TRADE OPTIONS – NONE INVOLVING SAVARD

If the Toronto Maple Leafs are interested in acquiring centre Marc Savard from the Boston Bruins, Brian Burke isn’t saying anything about it.

The Leafs’ President and general manager told Toronto’s Fan 590 radio station on Monday that while he’s exploring other options to acquire players, the Bruins’ No. 1 centre was not on the radar.


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