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The Latest On The Komisarek Incident In LA

from TMZ.com,

NHL all-star Mike Komisarek has told LAPD investigators he NEVER punched a woman in a Hollywood nightclub earlier this month—and witnesses are backing his claim ... TMZ has learned.

Sources close to the investigation tell us multiple clubgoers who were partying near Mike and the women all seem to have the same story—Mike never raised his fists.


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LLL - Kessel Might be Drafted Last Overall

Leaf Nation will tell you, Kessel does not deserve to represent Toronto in this weekend’s All Star festivities – Grabovski has been the best Leaf this season.

But Kessel will nonetheless appear as an almost obligatory representative for a Toronto Maple Leafs team that really does not have a player worthy of being an All Star.

What will sting the most, however, is this: Kessel is one of the favourites to be the player selected last overall.

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The Whole Burke

from Jeff Blair of the Globe and Mail,

Look: you sign Burke to run your team and you get the whole package. You get the loyalty and sentimentality and the requisite amount of blarney. You get the philosophical accoutrements: the “personal” Christmas trade freeze that supersedes the league’s own mandated Dec. 19-27 roster freeze; the unwillingness to extend offer sheets to restricted free agents; and the willingness to stick his nose in his peers’ business, such as when he testified on the NHL’s behalf in its arbitration hearing against the New Jersey Devils regarding the signing of Ilya Kovalchuk.

Burke supported the league’s case that Kovalchuk’s contract was a deliberate circumvention of the league’s salary cap, and when our own James Mirtle asked him, essentially, whether the general manager of the deep-pocketed Maple Leafs wasn’t obligated to do some circumventing of his own, he replied:

“I don’t mind being on an island … where I believe there’s a principle involved. These deals constituted cap circumvention, and I have steadfastly refused to do them.”

That is vintage Burke, and reveals why the perception that the Toronto media is somehow soft on him is a non-starter. First, Burke’s culpability in putting together a toxic mix of marginal talents and timid, under-performing defencemen has been oft-referenced, as is his culpability in trading for Phil The Thrill and unleashing the three-headed goaltender dragon.


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Two Things Are Certain With The Leafs

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

With the Maple Leafs nose-diving into the all-star break, there is absolute clarity on only two points.

One, James Reimer has demonstrated that he is the most qualified goalie the club has right now and deserves a chance to prove his value over an extended period.

Two, this notion that the Leafs will be looking to add talent by next month’s trade deadline for some kind of late-season playoff run is at best fanciful and at worst incomprehensible. This is a club, quite clearly, that needs to do what Ottawa has already declared it will do, and that is aggressively dump experience for futures in the hope that tomorrow will be a brighter day


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Toronto Players Upset With Punch On Kulemin

from James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail,

While Leafs coach Ron Wilson called the altercation a fight, some of Kulemin’s teammates didn’t see the match-up between one player who had never fought before and another with 33 NHL fighting majors as being all that clear cut.

“I was disgusted with that,” Kulemin’s linemate Clarke MacArthur said. “There’s certain match-ups on the ice and I don’t care what [Gleason] says, you know when you’re in the right match-up. A guy like Kulemin’s never been a guy to fight and Gleason does it a lot. He knows better than that.”...

“I thought it was a pretty cheap shot on Kulie there,” defenceman Tomas Kaberle said. “Obviously [Gleason] got his penalties and a game misconduct, but ... It’s tough when you don’t expect it. There was a scrum going on beside him and he didn’t expect the guy to punch him. That’s the way it goes sometimes. We haven’t seen a replay very well so it’s something we’ll look at afterwards.”


Watch the Gleason punch here...

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Video- Gleason With A One Punch Takedown Of Kulemin

At the end of the 1st period in tonight’s game…

20:00 Carolina Tim Gleason: 5 minutes, fighting
20:00 Carolina Joni Pitkanen: 2 minutes, holding
20:00 Toronto Mikhail Grabovski: 2 minutes, roughing
20:00 Carolina Tim Gleason: 10 minutes, game misconduct
20:00 Toronto Nikolai Kulemin: 2 minutes, roughing

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LLL - Burke Has Done a Lot of Good

Brian Burke has done a lot of good.

He really has.

He found a way to turn Jason Blake into Jean-Sebastien Giguere.

He brought in Dion Phaneuf, Fredrik Sjostrom and Keith Aulie for Matt Stajan, Nicklas Hagman and Ian White.

He has slowly replenished a once depleted prospect pool to feature the likes of Kadri, Caputi, Reimer, D’Amigo, Ross, Rynnas, McKegg, Brunnstrom – many of whom he landed without giving up a material asset.

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Komisarek May Be In Some Off-Ice Trouble

from TMZ,

Toronto Maple Leafs all-star Mike Komisarek is on thin ice with the LAPD—after the hockey player allegedly punched a woman in the face at an L.A. nightclub earlier this month ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us ... the 28-year-old defensive powerhouse was named in a police report filed by a woman who claims the whole thing went down after Komisarek decided to lift her up in the air at a Hollywood nightclub.

We’re told the woman claims she demanded Komisarek put her down—but he refused—so she slapped him in the face.


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Giguere Willing To Waive NTC

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

Goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere said he is willing to consider waiving his no-trade clause if Leafs GM Brian Burke wants to trade him.

“I haven’t waived my no trade, I haven’t talked to Burke at all about it, but I’ve said, if Burke was to come see me, I would owe him the respect to think about it and talk to my family about it,” said Giguere.

“When and if this happens, we’ll see what happens.”

Giguere made his comments Thursday morning, prior to his 7 p.m. start against his former team, the Anaheim Ducks. Giguere waived his no-trade clause last year when Burke acquired him for Jason Blake and Vesa Toskala.


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Video- A New View Of The Game

from Slap Shot Blog at the NY Times,

“N.H.L. in 360°” shows hockey as it has never been seen before, the way the players themselves see it on the ice — not in simulation, but during actual play.


thanks to PuckDaddy for the pointer…

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