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Leafs Displaying Heart

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

The hope, if there is to be any, has to come from the Maple Leafs. It has to come from their passion and effort and the desperation of this apparent playoff drive.

It came when the Leafs needed it most Wednesday. Barely.

If there is a minute or two to believe in the Maple Leafs as this season meanders on, then that is certainly better than the alternative. They got two points against the Pittsburgh Penguins, although it’s difficult to explain how.

They didn’t play particularly well. They didn’t play particularly hard. They mustered all of 20 shots at the undermanned Penguins, but on a rare night in a not-so-rare season, that was good enough.

Good enough to get two points. Not good enough to convince anybody that the longshot Leafs have any real shot at getting in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

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Trade:  John Mitchell to NYR

via TSN Bob McKenzie:  Toronto trades John Mitchell to the New York Rangers

Details to follow…

added 3:!3pm, 7th rounder given up by Rangers

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Leafs Now Part Of The Playoff Race

from Damian Cox of The Spin,

Gotta go for it now. Four points out with 21 games to play. A playoff berth is there for the taking.

But what exactly does that mean? What message are the Maple Leafs sending boss Brian Burke these days?

Now 8-2-2 in their last 12 games and seeming to gain strength with every veteran player sent packing, this is a bit of a conundrum. James Reimer, even after giving up a four-spot to the Habs on Thursday night, is a big part of the equation, giving the team a steady hand in the crease it simply didn’t have for the first half of the season. Phil Kessel, meanwhile, is hot again, and like most teams, the Leafs are a much superior team in games when their best forward scores than in games he doesn’t.

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Does Toronto Need A Brash Burke?

from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,

...is Burke’s agitated media style effective in the manic Toronto hockey market? In Anaheim, where hockey is the equivalent of crickets chirping, Burke’s bluster was a necessary noise to stir up interest in the Ducks. In Toronto, crickets chirping at the ACC warrants 24-point type. In that climate, Burke’s carny act only inflames the nerve endings of an already agitated fan base. He must keep topping himself, forever churning his roster.

Hence the three-year Tomas Kaberle departure watch in which the modest defenceman ascended to Carmelo Anthony stratosphere as Burke sought to trade him. The protracted Favre-ian melodrama left the city and its media exhausted by the time Kaberle was eventually dismissed to Boston last week.

The question: Does Burke’s over-wrought media style - tie askew, eyes burning with caffeined intensity - help or does it only beget more agitation?

more plus some Heritage Classic talk…

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Don’t Praise Burke Yet

from Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun,

The general consensus is that Brian Burke did well for himself in the Tomas Kaberle deal, securing a prospect, a first- round pick and a conditional second-round pick for a guy who could have just walked away this summer.

Nobody knows for sure whether Joe Colborne, the prospect, will amount to anything. But it’s about assets, and Big Burkie, to his credit, is collecting them.

However, I am not jumping on the ‘Burke for Mayor’ bandwagon quite yet.

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Report- Brad Richards Has No Interest In Toronto

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

• The free agent to-be has told an old Tampa source that he has no real interest in playing in Toronto, if he, in fact, becomes a free agent come July. Richards’ first choice is to remain in Dallas, assuming the team gets sold and can afford to sign him. His second and third choice, not necessarily in order, would be returning to Tampa (which doesn’t seem possible economically) or playing for his old coach, John Tortorella, with the New York Rangers. He has also hinted about having some interest regarding playing in Carolina.

When asked about Toronto, he apparently said nothing but shook his head.

• Hope the new Buffalo Sabres ownership will put a buck or two into the backup goaltender: The last four years, Buffalo’s backups have won just 19 of 61 starts. You invest in an upgrade in goal and you go from out of the playoffs to possible contender.

more hockey points…

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LLL - Giving Kaberle a Proper Farewell

Less than 24 hours after the Toronto Maple Leafs finally traded Tomas Kaberle, Number 15 found himself wearing Number 12 in the Boston Bruins’ line up. Number 15 is retired in TD Garden, you see. Hall of Famer Milt Schmidt wore it while winning 4 Stanley Cups and a Hart Trophy with the Bruins.

But the number wasn’t the only thing that was eerily unfamiliar.

Kaberle found himself in a game between the Boston Bruins and the Ottawa Senators, two bitter division rivals he had battled against since 1998.

This time, though, he wasn’t wearing the Blue and White jersey with the Maple Leaf crest in the middle. Black and Yellow were now his colors.

The longest-serving current Leaf was traded yesterday for Joe Colborne, Boston’s 1st in 2011 and a conditional 2nd.

Leaf Nation has been ecstatic with the return. So much so, that they have forgotten the respect servitude and loyalty deserve.

But Kaberle deserves a proper goodbye.

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Good-Bye Kaberle

from Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star,

On Toronto ice, he will be missed, at least for his lovely first passes out of the zone, the dynamic puck movement and his anchoring on the power play point, a role now almost exclusively devolved to the over-rated Dion Phaneuf.

Kaberle may have had an earful of “SHOOT THE DAMN PUCK!” from Leaf fans over the years for his too-patient maneuvering in the offensive zone, but there was no doubt he could see the play with instincts few possess. In his own end, of course, he was often a maddening liability, rarely using his size combatively.

“He’s been here a long time,’’ said Burke. “During that time, he was a low-maintenance player, a quality player on the ice, a community-minded player. He was one of the best defencemen to play here in this era, if not the best.

“And a gentleman the whole time.”

Alas, this is no league for extraordinary gentlemen.

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Kaberle To The Bruins—it’s official

via Darren Dreger tweet,

Colborne, Boston’s 1st in 2011 and a conditional pick for Kaberle the basis of the trade. Trade call still has to be made to close the deal.

added 1:08pm, via another Dreger tweet,

Bruins may have another deal involving Blake Wheeler in the works. Leafs not involved.

Update 2:52 PM,: As noted below, the trade is official—the Bruins traded Colborne and their first-round draft pick, not the Leafs,’ to Toronto for Kaberle, who the Bruins hope will join their lineup tonight. Colborne will report to the Marlies and, according to the CBC’s Jeff Marek, play against the Grand Rapids Griffins on Saturday.

Brian Burke will conduct a press conference at 4 PM, and as noted previously, the Bruins did trade Blake Wheeler and Mark Stuart to Atlanta for Rich Peverley and Boris Valabik.  Capgeek.com reports that the Bruins will now have about $800,000 in salary cap space to work with.

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Updated: He’s a Bruin!  Kaberle Could Be Traded Today

from Damien Cox of The Spin,

All signs are point to Tomas Kaberle becoming a Boston Bruin today.

This could change, either in a league trade call that has yet to take place between the Leafs and Bruins, or if the teams miscommunicate in the way they did back in June, 2009 when a deal involving Kaberle for Phil Kessel literally fell apart on the draft floor because Brian Burke and Peter Chiarelli believed they were talking about different deals.

Or, of course, the B’s might feel better about their prospects after pounding the Islanders last night.

But right now, it’s believed the Leafs would get Boston’s first round pick this June (not the second of two first rounders sent to the Bruins in the Kessel deal) and a prospect. Winger Blake Wheeler is apparently not in play, but the Leafs might be zeroing in on one of two good Boston prospects, Ontario junior Ryan Spooner or Providence centre Joe Colborne.

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Update 2:28 PM: Per the Globe and Mail’s James Mirtle, the trade is official.

Update 2:38 PM the CP confirms that the trade is official and AM 640 in Toronto reports that Brian Burke will hold a press conference today at 4:30 PM EST. Mirtle also has an article up on the Globe and Mail discussing the ramifications of the trade.

Update 2:50 PM: TSN’s Darren Dreger reports that the Bruins hope to get Kaberle into their lineup tonight.

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