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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.
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:
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 likely
Sharks on verge of signing veteran Malhotra
Predators pursue Bruins’ Phil Kessel
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.
Wild expected to sign ‘pure goal scorer’ Petr Sykora after tryout
Kiss Kessel goodbye
One Forward’s Out, One’s Not
Brian Burke is American, but seems to have adopted that old Royal Canadian Mounted Police credo to always get your man.
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
Sides still fighting with Coyotes auction looming
Landing Kessel won’t be easy
Heatley interests Sharks
Devils may try Elias at center
Kessel pursuit resumes
It’s down to two: Jim Balsillie vs. NHL
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.
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?
Best if Heatley gone: Alfie
Kesler could be next to sign contract
Comrie not averse to being Oiler again