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Money Talks

I do realize that this is Maple Leaf overkill, however, I do want to paint as accurate a picture as possible on the status of the Maple Leafs as they stand right now. There are many rumours out there and even more suggestions here on HTR on what should be done and who should go. It is indeed interesting to hear some of the things bandied about however making a move is much easier said than done. And in reality, alot of what is being said is near dillusional. It was hard in the cap-less world to make moves, but beyond difficult now with a salary cap in place.

I dont like to be so critical but someone has to put things in perspective.

The Leafs have essentially backed themselves in a corner. To sign players with a lockout certain was ignorant. To not use the buyout clause post lockout was beyond ignorant. If they had the cap room available they would have probably addressed the McCabe absence immediately. Obviously their lack of depth did not help as they had little to nothing to offer. But their limited cap room completely tied their hands.

Is it time to bring Curtis Joseph back?

There are rumors thet Curtis Joseph could be leaving Phoenix, and he said to the Star a few weeks ago he’d “prolly only wanna play for Phoenix or Toronto”. Which got me to thinking, is it time for the Return of CuJo?

Latest Trade Rumor Roundup – Leetch, Boston Bruins, Leafs, Goalies, etc

The Boston Bruins net is crowded, Leetch could be on his way back to the Toronto Maple Leafs or the New York Rangers, Jason Allison is sick and tired of the rumors, the Blues may be looking to dump their high priced veterans and the Florida Panthers are eager to obtain some speed and talent upfront.

Time to blow this thing up…?

One or two trades, or perhaps dropping Quinn and/or JFJ, isn’t going to do it. And yes, I was as happy as anyone three weeks ago when the Leafs were hot (I’m not one of those glass-half-empty kind of guys). After long and thoughtful consideration, here’s why we have to blow this baby up…

Bure Done – Blues offer Weinrich/McAmmond to Kings

According to the LA times, Valeri Bure is about to go season ending surgery to repair his hip. In other news the St.Louis Blues are looking to make seperate deals that involve both Eric Weinrich and Dean McAmmond.

Pat Quinn

Seeing the effort of the Maple Leafs against the Sens, this team needs a new coach. This game was the biggest for the Leafs this year and the Leafs did nothing. This team lacks chemistry, discipline, fundamentals and heart.

Are the Rangers really playoff bound

Well, with the season halfway over, some more accurate predictions can be made as to who is gonna make the playoffs and who once again will just have to wait another year.

Leetch back in Toronto? is reporting today of rumours involving Brian Leetch being dealt back to Toronto due to Bryan McCabe’s groin injury.

Sensational at the Draft

The Ottawa Senators have gone a significantly different route than their provincial rivals. It wasnt as much by choice as it was by necessity. Small Market franchises have had to live and die by the draft as it was the biggest channel to acquire talented players. It was impossible for a team, that neared bankruptcy to go out an spend spend spend. the team had to draft well, nurture it’s talent and build within. The Sens have done that the last 10 years or at least after Randy Sexton left. This year the team hopes to bask in the fruits of their labour by winning the Stanley Cup.

Domi ain't going nowhere.

There are five players I’ve heard the Leafs would like. Leetch, Malone, Recchi, and one of CuJo or Nabakov. I’m gonna focus on the Malone/Recchi-Domi/Czerkawski rumor.

Berard tests positive for banned substance

According to, Brian Berard had a positive test for a banned substance during US Olympic summer evaluations last summer. Apparently, he was tested in December by the NHL, but the test was negative.

In-depth Look at the Habs

How did Montreal get to where they are? How does the future look? This article is an in-depth look at how Montreal became the team they are today.

In recent history at least, Montreal has been a team that has built mainly through drafts and trades. They have left the unrestricted free agent market to the bigger spenders such as Detroit, New York, and Toronto. Montreal has drafted well in recent years, and so has a good crop of young talent waiting to get a crack at the big team. First though, I will have a look at the few players Montreal has acquired through free agency.

Khavanov Injured

Maple Leaf defenseman Alexander Khavanov, left after the first period with a “upper-body” injury. Sure this isn’t a trade rumor, but with McCabe already out, and now Khavanov, John Ferguson Jr. could be forced to make a trade soon.

Building the Leafs a Work in Progress

This year’s version of the Maple Leafs differs greatly from past Pat Quinn teams. This year the team is not top heavy in aging veteran talent. There has been a greater emphasis on youth and giving opportunity to their prospects. It has worked out fairly good as the team is still in the playoff chase. But this team still lacks sufficient depth and it will take a few more years to address that need. And their deficiency is not only in terms of quantity but quality as well. Here is how the current Leafs were built.

Sundin gone before the deadline??

Last night on The Fan 590 “Storm’n Norman” and Darren Dreger were discussing about John Ferguson jr. quietly shopping Mats Sundin. Someone in leafs management said that this information was probably credible…

Palffy to retire due to shoulder injury?

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Ziggy Palffy will retire because of a lingering shoulder injury, a Slovak paper reported Wednesday.

Luongo clarifies his comments and the decline of the Panther's last offer

Luongo said Monday he wanted to clarify comments he made Friday about his decision not to sign a five-year, $30 million contract with the Florida Panthers…

Availible Players at Trade Deadline

With the clock ticking toward the March 9 trade deadline, dozens of names will surface as part of potential trades as teams jockey for playoff positioning. Here’s a look at some of those players and the probability they’ll actually change jerseys:

McCabe and Tucker Injuries Worse Than Thought!

On an interview on the Fan590 John Ferguson Jr.

said that Brian McCabe has a slight tear, it will not

recquire surgery but it will definetly keep him out for tonights game and the weekend double-header.

On another note Darcy Tucker isn’t fairing to much better and will not play tonight and the double-header against Ottawa this weekend, still no Eric Lindros.

It's Time To Send A Statement……

This weekend is going to be a huge weekend for hockey fans everywhere.There are few people who will not be watching to see what happens in this huge event……