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Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke knows people are going to laugh, but the goal of his team is still to make the playoffs.
Burke reiterated the claim during a question and answer period with the media on Saturday in Florida.
RUMORS DU JOUR: There’s something admirable about the way the Carolina Hurricanes are going about their rebuilding phase, without any pretence about their prospects for the current season, which are lost anyway. First, they installed Eric Staal as captain in place of Rod Brind’Amour, so he can adjust to the yoke of leadership, with comparatively little stress. Secondly, they’ve acknowledged publicly via general manager Jim Rutherford what everybody knew already – they will be sellers at this year’s NHL trading deadline and that any number of veteran players with Stanley Cup championships on their resumes
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If Minnesota Wild backup Dwayne Roloson fetched a first-round draft pick from the desperate Edmonton Oilers at the trade deadline in 2006, shouldn’t Dallas Stars starter Marty Turco be the same attractive bait?
Turco has been the Stars No. 1 guy since Eddie Belfour left the team in 2002, but his contract is up July 1, Dallas isn’t winning a Stanley Cup with this edition and Turco turns 35 in August.
Despite Calgary general manager Darryl Sutter’s adamant denial that Dion Phaneuf is on the trade market, another NHL GM yesterday told The Post that the Flames are “desperate” to move the defenseman and the annual $6.5 million cap hit he will carry through 2013-14.
The trade market finally is open, but these Devils need not worry. They’re safe unless someone wants players who don’t score.
They Devils have managed 10 regulation goals, including an empty-netter, in their past eight games. Even with Martin Brodeur in net, that’s a losing formula.
There is no question in my mind that the Atlanta Thrashers are going to trade Ilya Kovalchuk and I believe that the sweepstakes for the star sniper is unofficially on.
When the NHL trade deadline arrives March 3, there will be no GM under greater pressure to make significant changes to his team than Calgary’s Darryl Sutter.
Frankly speaking, his team is a mess. It looks much more like a club that was built for pre-lockout hockey rather than being able to compete in what has now become a very highly-skilled Western Conference. Take a look at the teams competing for the conference title – Chicago, San Jose, and to a lesser degree Detroit and Vancouver – they are all built around skill.
Not so for the Flames.
So many inventive ways to lose.
That will be part of the inscription on the epitaph of this Maple Leafs season when it ends without a playoff berth, as most certainly will be the case.
Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman disagrees with those doubting the ability of goalies Cristobal Huet and Antti Niemi to win a Stanley Cup.