Category Archives: HTR Feature Article

Canucks Best Bet For Cup's Return to Canada

The Vancouver Canucks had big expectations last season which were not met after falling meekly in the 2nd round of the playoffs.

However, despite some key subtractions to the lineup, the team has high hopes again for this coming year.

They’ve brought back their best offensive contributors in the twins, re-signed their top player long term in Luongo and have an excellent mix of veterans and youth to take a good run at a championship in the next few years.

Burke : Year One

The acquisition of Phil Kessel puts the stamp on the team that Burke has been looking for, and officially concludes the first year of Burke as General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs. With the new season starting very shortly, and no more moves likely to take place between now and then, perhaps it is time to look back at Burke’s work over the last year. Here is the list of major Maple Leaf transactions:

Season:

Report says Preds in hunt for Kessel

STEVE BUFFERY, SUN MEDIA

NESN.com is reporting that the Maple Leafs and Nashville Predators might begin a bidding war for Phil Kessel.

Phil Kessel Trade Rumors + Another tidbit

Phil Kessel trade likely

Sharks on verge of signing veteran Malhotra

Predators pursue Bruins’ Phil Kessel

Phil in the future?

LANCE HORNBY,

The Maple Leafs’ pursuit of Phil Kessel continues, but in the meantime there are nine National Hockey League exhibition games to play, including four in a row beginning tonight.

NHL News and Rumors – September 15, 2009

Wild expected to sign ‘pure goal scorer’ Petr Sykora after tryout

Kiss Kessel goodbye

One Forward’s Out, One’s Not

Leafs move to front of line for Kessel

LANCE HORNBY

Brian Burke is American, but seems to have adopted that old Royal Canadian Mounted Police credo to always get your man.

NHL Trade Rumors – September 11, 2009

1. MCKENZIE: NO TRUTH TO REPORTS THAT HEATLEY HAS BEEN TRADED

2. Kings: We aren’t part of a Heatley trade

3. Will Leafs cough up to get Kessel?

4. Canucks hoping Sundin will return

5. Sources: Kessel doesn’t plan to negotiate with Bruins

NHL News and Rumors – September 10, 09

Sides still fighting with Coyotes auction looming

Landing Kessel won’t be easy

Heatley interests Sharks

NHL News and Rumors – September 9, 2009

Devils may try Elias at center

Kessel pursuit resumes

It’s down to two: Jim Balsillie vs. NHL

Bruins and Kessel still at impasse

Kevin Paul Dupont

Opening Night now slightly more than three weeks away, speedy Bruins winger Phil Kessel remains without a contract, putting into doubt his statement last month that he would have a new deal in place by the start of the 2009-10 season.

Maple Leafs in position to take a run at Kessel

Kevin Paul Dupont

Bruin Phil Kessel, almost dealt to the Maple Leafs in June, soon could be fitted for a Toronto sweater.

The question is: Will the Leafs once again try to pry Kessel away via a trade, or will Toronto general manager Brian Burke opt instead to extend an offer sheet to the fourth-year right wing, who last season scored a career-high 36 goals?

NHL News and Rumors – September 5, 2009

Best if Heatley gone: Alfie

Kesler could be next to sign contract

Comrie not averse to being Oiler again