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TERRY KOSHAN – TorontoSun.com
Now that Brian Burke has started to clean house, who could be next to go from the Maple Leafs? Tomas Kaberle? Alexei Ponikarovsky? Lee Stempniak?
Kaberle said there was nothing new on his front, and would have to waive his no-trade clause.
The GM says he can’t control the reports but says the focus should be on Vinny Lecavalier’s improved play after a slow start.
With all kinds of reports circulating in regards to a potential sale of the Lightning, including one suggesting moving captain Vinny Lecavalier as part of any sale to prospective owner Jeffrey Vinik, Tampa Bay general manager Brian Lawton on Sunday squelched some of what has been reported.
So this is what it has come to. The Bruins, currently mired in 11th place in the Eastern Conference, now have to keep an eye on the wretched Toronto Maple Leafs as much as they do anyone else.
Don’t look now, Bruins followers, but the Toronto Maple Leafs just executed a pair of weekend trades, one which of which brings them tough and talented 24-year-old defenseman Dion Phaneuf, who is signed through 2013-14. That move may or may not turn around what has heretofore been a dreadful season for the Leafs, but it could have significant impact for a Bruins club that currently holds Toronto’s first-round pick in this year’s draft as a result of the Phil Kessel trade.
Now that the Habs will be without leading scorer Cammy I truly believe they should be sellers.
Why? They are fighting for the 8th spot playing .500 hockey as everyone expected but the players they thought would/could put them over the top aren’t doing it.
They have had a number of injuries this year which continues to be an issue.
This is Bob’s last chance to do something and Martin ahs got to go. (defence minded coach and the signed offensive players, just wrong)
Let’s pretend that you are your favourite teams G.M. right now and you want to acquire the talented Kovalchuk to add to your team for the playoff run.
What would you give up.
List your favourite team and the deal that you would make.
The trade that last night seemed imminent, in which the Rangers would have received Olli Jokinen and Brandon Prust from the Flames in exchange for Ales Kotalik and Chris Higgins, remains on hold because Kotalik has yet to waive his limited no-trade clause that includes Calgary, a well-connected source has told The Post.
Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke pulled off two huge trades on Sunday, acquiring defenseman Dion Phaneuf (in whom sources recently told NESN.com that the Bruins had interest) from Calgary and goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere from the Ducks. While these deals will clearly have immediate impacts on the teams involved, they may also open up the floodgates for more trades around the league.
After everyone has been doubting Brian Burke saying that it was useless bringing him in and that he did nothing for this team, and yes they traded their 1st round & 2nd round picks of this year & 1st round pick next year to the boston bruins for young sniper phil kessel, which can potentially be tyler seguin, taylor hall or cam fowler, but hold on. Yesterday Burke did the unexpected, after a horrible loss to the Vancouver Canucks the night before, which they were winning and gave up a 3 goal lead, he knew they had to make a change. Burke yesterday stated that he is now open for business.
Personally, being a Leafs fan since birth- I’ve watched them take a turn for the worst the last few seasons. Not only being in the bottom of the barrel since the lockout, but making dumb decisions as well in terms of improving our club (At the hands of John Ferguson).
The Canucks have cut off contract negotiations with Ryan Kesler and don’t plan to resume them until after the season.
It’s a decision made, in part, because the sides have reached an impasse and Vancouver is trying to avoid any distractions which can accompany in-season bargaining. But it has created some frustration in the Kesler camp. He is a pending restricted free agent who will now have to wait until after the season to see if he can get the multi-year deal he’s seeking with the Canucks.