Leafs not interested in Kovalchuk

Lebrun is posting on his twitter account this morning that Brian Burke has told him that he has no interest in Kovalchuk. This goes right along with what Hockey trade Rumors has been saying, burke wants to move Europeans off his team, he wants to bring in big tough Canadian/American players just like what he did in Anaheim.

# I’ve got a Kovalchuk blog coming later here’s what Burke told me today: “We’re not going to be involved in that race,” Burke said of Kovy.

# Kovalchuk doing right thing by weighting all options July 1. Still time to get back to Devils and Medvedev July 1 once all is on the table

# LA still makes most sense to me for Kovalchuk . KHL’s Medvedev also wants him but he also has to wait until July 1 to get an answer … about

# Devils and Kovalchuk still talking but he’s headed to market. Brian Burke told me today Leafs won’t be involved in Kovalchuk sweepskates


37 Responses to Leafs not interested in Kovalchuk

  1. number15 says:

    stupid, stupid Burke…………. u gave up some much for a player who u WISH was good as Kovalchulk (Kessel)

    they r in the same mold, only Kovalchulk is a superstar!….. and costs no assets!…… and the price tag is more justified than alot others in the NHL

    get it done!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Kev_Leafs says:

    The price tag remains to be seen.

    No GM will entirely reveal what he plans on doing.  Sutter denied the Phaneuf trade until the bitter end. 

    The only legitimate statement I think we can hold Burke to is that he wants to add a top-six forward with some size that can score.  Kovalchuk fits that billing, but Burke might not want to foot the bill.  See what I did there? 

  3. Steve362 says:

    Best new I've heard all day! Lets not strap ourselves this year when the Free Agent pool is so thin.

    2010 summer: 1: Trade Kaberle and turn him into a Top 6 Forward (Ryan,Roy,Pomminville, Neal, Etc.) *not saying it will be any of these players
                          2: Try and get rid of Fingers contract (trade,buyout,etc.)

                          3: Wait patiently for next season (if we make the playoffs its a bonus – we will still not have a cup contending team)

    2011 summer: Gigure's contract will be finished and we will have a lot more cap space where our biggest signing will be Zach Parise – although he is a restricted free agent I'm sure we could work out a sign and trade similar to what we hope to accomplish with Kaberle (these young and gun Americans will love to come to Toronto for Burke and Wilson)

    by this time Kadri will have a year under his belt and our top line will be

    PariseKadriKessel (all in there natural positions)

  4. Kramer says:

    The Leafs have to make a panic trade.

  5. Leafs_Forever says:

    I totally agree.  The secret to this year for the Leafs is patience.  Don't make any huge signings that you'll regret.  Wait until next years free agent crop.  Allow the youngsters to continue to develop.

    However, I don't think Parise will be available…. if he is, the Devil's are stupid…

  6. Steve362 says:

    I hope the Devils manage to sign Kovalchuk and then are unable to sign Parise

    What a dream it would be to have that as our First Line

  7. 24_cups_and_counting says:

    Keep smoking what your smoking. This is likely Brodeur's final season, and the 5.2M he makes will be off the books, and in Parise's pocket.

  8. cam7777 says:

    Very interesting.  I read about this from LeBrun yesterday.  To be fair, everyone seems to lie blatantly to LeBrun.  He was told flat out by Atlanta management that the team was moving, or being sold – not true.  He was told flat out by Sutter that Phaneuf would "never be moved" – obviously not true.  And now he's been told straight from Burke that the Leafs will not pursue Kovalchuk.  The only thing that makes this potentially true is that if Burke were interested, he could have side-stepped all these questions by answering with a "I will do whatever is best for the team", and so on, rather than a total denial.

    Still, Burke has promised Leaf fans that July 1st will be the Leafs draft, so I wonder what he has in store if not Kovalchuk.  I very much doubt he can get Marleau – although I don't think it has anything to do with Ron Wilson, as the uneducated hockey fans are so quick to point out.  Rather I think it has to do with Los Angeles pursuing him, and his probable lack of desire to leave a situation of anonymity in one of the nicest climates in the league.  You have to make these decisions as a family, and I heard that his wife's entire family is in San Jose.  Perhaps Burke plans to land like 4 of the lesser free agents – Armstrong, Cooke, Frolov, Lombardi – and just inject the team with experienced talent.

    All I know is that I don't want to see Torres in a Leafs jersey unless he's on a Mike Comrie like contract (1.25 million).  The guy is too injury prone, and too useless without elite linemates.  If he wants to be a Leaf, he can take a pay-cut and try to earn a bigger contract.  It' not like he earned nearly what he got paid on his last deal.

  9. lafleur10 says:


  10. Steve362 says:

    I hadn't thought of that – and i don't appreciate the mockery, let's keep this PG – my son uses this site as well

  11. Steve362 says:

    Is there any need for that language? Give your head a shake; i have children in the class i teach who use this site ( They are 12-13) – i appreciate debate but at least use some intelligent language

  12. cam7777 says:

    you're asking for a lot steve.  lafleur is a grade 'A' moron.  most of your class is probably far and away more intelligent than him.  teach them to ignore stupdity.

    to your original post though, i think that with the wealth of MLSE, Finger can just be buried in the minors.  there's no point wasting an asset expending him.  if you can afford him, and we can, he's actually a pretty valuable guy to have in the minors.  he is an nhl calibre 5-6 defensemen who would be infinitely valuable if the team suddenly had an injury spree on the back-end.  i like the idea of finger sitting in the minors with holzer, aulie and mikus, and preparing them for the nhl.  he's said himself that he wouldn't mind returning to the ahl – he played there till he was 28 anyways.

  13. cam7777 says:

    it's not a completely ridiculous hope.  parise may want to play for a team that isn't the most defensive squad in the league at some point.  he's given new jersey some prime oppurtunities to win that way, at an absolute bargain of a price.  it's no secret that burke is trying to appeal to the players, as well as the fans, when he says he wants his teams to play an upbeat, attack-first, fore-checking style.

    signing kovalchuk would be excellent insurance if the team feels parise is going to force his way out of town on an offer-sheet, or a trade next summer.  in the mean time, it gives the team an excellent shot at the Cup this year, with two elite stars flanking the left wing.  if that were the case, I could see New Jersey using this oppurtunity to turn a couple veterans into young players – preparing for a potential parise loss.

  14. Kev_Leafs says:

    I'd like Malhotra, Taylor Pyatt, and Colby Armstrong as the 3rd liners that the Leafs need – as defensive players with some size, speed, and aggression in their games.  Torres, okay, as you say, if he comes cheaper for some 2nd line duty when he's healthy.  And whomever the top six winger is we get in exchange for Kaberle.

    That's it – three 3rd liners and a top six winger (or two). 

    I'd like Kovalchuk or Marleau, but I see them both as unlikely acquisitions. 

    I don't see Burke going for either Frolov or Lombardi.  Frolov has the size, but doesn't really play hard and fit the style that Burke likes (plus I think he's going to get overpaid by someone).  Lombardi is quick, but a diminutive centre to compliment Grabovski, Bozak, and Kadri (with Kessel on the wing) doesn't seem to be in the cards unless two of them aren't on the team.

  15. inurface says:

    well burke better not go for marleau either then
    he will get 2 million prob less and will fall huge expectations in a city like to.

    as well burke fire wilson as soon as u get the chance
    wilson so far has been far worse a coach then his predecesors(spell chk)?.

  16. Steve362 says:

    So how exactly does it work while he is demoted? does his salary remain the same and not count towards the cap?


    Nope Lombardis coming to the Habs!!! you guys can have Morre back…lol

  18. Kyleton says:

    I think i read somewhere he has a two way contract. Not sure about that. But if so he would get a different amount if he were to play in the minors with no pro cap hit. If he only has a one way he gets full value but there is not cap hit to the pro squad.

  19. reinjosh says:

    his predecessors have also had far better teams. simply minded people gahh

  20. leafit2me says:

    I hope BB moves Kaberle and Grabo for picks and prospects and buries Finger's contract. That should give the Leafs the pieces and the cap space ($10.5M-$14M) to make some good moves this summer.

    One thing about BB, there's never a dull moment whether or the move pans out is another story. 
  21. mojo19 says:

    Lombardi is a kind of crafty, very small, kind of soft, very fast player. He would fit right in with Montreal.

  22. mojo19 says:

    I hope he parlay's Kaberle into more than just picks/prospects

  23. Mapleleaves says:

    You could have just said he fit in with montreals style of team

  24. inurface says:

    eh some what true but still
    this team wasnt suppose to stink tht much
    worse powerplay little offense
    biggest season issue team def ( isnt our def like top 4 nhl on paper ,,its his wilsons job to make def a rock solid group…)

  25. Kyleton says:

    I really don't think it was Wilson at all that was the problem, and it showed by seasons end. Sometimes there are players what will just not get up for anything.  Although I'm not a huge fan of Wilson's coaching there is no denying he is good.  Look at what he did with the USA Olympic team.

  26. Kev_Leafs says:

    Finger does not have a two-way contract.

    Since he was under 35 when the contract was signed, he can be placed in the minors.  The Leafs would continue to pay him his full salary, however, the salary would not apply to the Leafs NHL roster salary cap.  In effect, the $3.5 million we owe Finger will not count against the cap if he plays in the minors. 

  27. Kev_Leafs says:

    Unless those picks/prospects are immediately used in a trade (plus something else) for an impact top-six forward.


    hes 6-0 198 pounds.. so on MTL hed be one of the bigger players on the team, I like him because hes good on faceoffs( Mtl is weak on faceoffs) fast, great hands, and adds offensive depth…

  29. reinjosh says:

    See there is a problem when adding a 6 foot, 198 pound player becomes tantamount to adding one of the larger players to your team. And Lombardi has always been known as a fast player (one of the fastest) but with hands that have never been able to catch up with his lower half. So there goes that part of why you like him.

  30. LeafsneedSteen says:

    What's Burke supposed to say? "I want to sign Kovalchuk?" Remember the Sedins? Tampering…

  31. Kev_Leafs says:

    Totally.  And, why say you're interested and start a bidding war before the market even opens?

  32. lafleur10 says:

    if you don't like it then don't read it! what language did i exactly use?

  33. lafleur10 says:

    well i'm alot more intelligent than you'll ever be ,plus i knowmore about hockey than you'll ever know in your lifetime! i've watched more hockey than you'll ever see! if they want to ignore stupidity then all they have to do is not read the garbage that you come with on a daily basis on here! all those assisnine trades proposals that you post that is STUPIDITY PERSONIFIED!

  34. Mapleleaves says:

    How can you justify saying you more intellegent then someone youve never met and know next to nothing about, doesnt make sense to me.

    I think the reason people assume your an idiot is probably because instead of telling someone theyre wrong for a reason you say they do drugs, or call them an idiot.

    Try reasoning with people rather then charactor assasinations, might help people respect the name lafluer10.

  35. Kev_Leafs says:

    I think it was the caustic accusations that someone is either extremely stupid or they're abusing drugs for making a certain point that you disagreed with.


    hed be good for 50 points, and is an improvement at faceoffs for MTL, plus his speed would fit in with the rest of the forwards…

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