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“I wasn’t given an opportunity in some senses to fit.”

-Kris Versteeg of the Philadelphia Flyers talking about his time in Toronto.  More from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun.

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Video- Kypreos & MacLean Talk Kaberle

The Hockey Insiders at Sportsnet discuss the talk of Tomas Kaberle being traded to Boston.

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Burke Talking Trade With Boston

from CBS Boston,

The Bruins do not have to scratch the Maple Leafs off their list of potential trade partners.

Toronto President and General Manager Brian Burke called in to 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Felger and Massarotti Tuesday afternoon, and said there are no hard feelings when it comes to the Phil Kessel trade.

In fact, the Bruins and Leafs are currently in trade talks.

“There is no barrier to that,” Burke said about dealing with the Bruins. “There are no hard feelings, there’s no sense of ‘oh we have to even the score somehow.’ If we can make a deal with the Bruins that make sense for both teams we’re going to do it.”

continued and you can listen to the Burke interview and I suggest you do…

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LLL - Versteeg Deal is a Win for Toronto

Kris Versteeg will find himself on a line with either Jeff Carter or Mike Richards. And he will put up some solid numbers – at a rate that could potentially be considered Line 1 production.

But obviously, Versteeg is not a 1st liner.

There has been a bit of an uproar in Leaf Nation following this trade (when is there not an uproar?). The contention is that Brian Burke has made trades of conflicting philosophies in the last two weeks by landing Joffrey Lupul to get help now but then trading away Kris Versteeg for help later.

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Burke Goes Shopping For Deals

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Everyone happy now?

Of course not. The fact the Maple Leafs now own a 2011 first-round draft pick might please some, but others will moan that it’s not the right first-round pick.

It’s also not what Brian Burke really wanted.

Yes, Kris Versteeg did fetch a first and a third from a Philadelphia club eying the Stanley Cup, but Burke would rather have received a player than the first rounder.

It’s pretty clear he wanted lanky centre James Van Riemsdyk, but the Flyers wouldn’t do the deal. Weeks ago, Burke might have hoped he could pry pivot David Booth out of Florida for Versteeg, but the Panthers didn’t want to do that. So he settled for a low first, lower than what Ottawa got for Mike Fisher from Nashville, which makes sense given that Fisher is the better player.

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Versteeg Now A Flyer

via Bob McKenzie tweet,

TOR trades Kris Versteeg to PHI for two draft picks, including a first rounder.

The picks are a first and third according to another tweet from Bob.

added 6:44pm, (Philadelphia) - The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that they have acquired 5-10, 182-pound right wing Kris Versteeg from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for a first-round and a third-round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, according to general manager Paul Holmgren. 

“Kris is an exciting young forward,” Holmgren said.  He’s 24 years old and he’ll fit in with our group of players here.  He’s a quality forward that can play in a lot of different roles for our hockey team. He can move up and down our lineup. He can kill penalties. He can play on the power play.  We think he’s a guy that over the last few years, particularly in Chicago, has really blossomed into a good forward and we think he’s going to be a really good addition to our team.”

“Right away I was extremely excited to join this team,” Versteeg said.  “They’ve had a lot of success this season.  They had a great playoff push last year and I’m excited to try and have a good one this year.  I like to make plays and score goals at the same time, maybe go out there and be an agitator at times too. I’m going to try and do it all and have fun doing it.”

 

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Kaberle A Fit In Montreal?

via Barry Morgan of CJAD,

Guy Carbonneau says the Canadiens need to make a deal, not at any price, but they need to acquire someone like Maple Leafs defenseman Tomas Kaberle before the February 28th NHL trade deadline.

Carbonneau told “The Habs Show” on CJAD Sunday afternoon that, given the number of Habs defensemen who are hurt, they need more resources. Andrei Markov and Josh Gorges are both coming off knee surgeries while Hal Gill has missed the last two games with an upper-body injury.

Carbonneau believes the Canadiens are examining all their options but it doesn’t appear to the former Habs captain and head coach that the Habs have enough depth in Hamilton and he’d go after Kaberle.

Leafs general manager Brian Burke told “The Habs Show” on Saturday he’s had some talks with Habs G-M Pierre Gauthier and has no problem trading within his division, although he won’t trade a goalie or tough-guy to another team in the Northeast.

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Video- HNIC Opening Montage Lsat Night

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Gustavsson Underwent A Minor Heart Procedure Today

via MapleLeafs.com,

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Friday that goaltender Jonas Gustavsson underwent a minor heart ablation procedure today in London, Ontario. The determination to have the procedure was made after Gustavsson was examined Friday by the same medical specialists that treated him in the first half of the 2009-10 season. He can begin workouts in seven days.

Gustavsson was assigned to the Toronto Marlies (AHL) for conditioning purposes on February 4. His conditioning assignment has been suspended and he has been placed on Injured Reserve.

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Video- Kovalchuk Goes End To End For The Game Winner In OT

Ilya Kovalchuk does what all great goal scorers do, get the puck to the net.

Not sure what the two Toronto dmen where doing and Reimer wasn’t at his best on the goal either.

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