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from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
Memo to would-be Maple Leafs draft picks: Know what kind of car your dad drives, who gave you that nice watch, and for goodness sake, brush up on the American League standings.
Those everyday questions are the ones general manager Brian Burke likes to throw at the kids who will be attending this week’s NHL scouting combine at a Toronto hotel.
Burke leaves the left-field queries and psych evaluations to his scouting staff, team psychologist Dana Sinclair and a small army of league-approved fitness and medical experts, believing he can get a good read on a player through some casual talk covering more mundane topics.
And though Burke’s team has no pick in the first or second round at present, he has already interviewed some of the potential first-rounders in case he pulls a draft-day doozy on June 25 in Los Angeles.
“You want to be ready,” Burke said on Wednesday.
from Patrick Rishe of Forbes,
I undertook a simplified statistical analysis of data from the 2005-06 through the 2009-2010 season in an effort to answer this question quantitatively.
I presumed that managerial inefficiency was akin to spending the most money for the least amount of victories and postseason appearances. Thus, the metric used to assess managerial inefficiency was to identify teams with the highest average payroll cost per win AND with no more than 1 post-season appearance in the last 5 years.
Using this metric coupled with the postseason filter, the 3 most inefficient franchises of each league from the last 5 years are:
1) Edmonton Oilers, 2) L.A. Kings, 3) Toronto Maple Leafs…Oh no, Canada. To hockey lovers north of the border, it is probably disturbing that 2 of the 3 least efficient NHL franchises reside in traditionally strong hockey markets. These 3 teams were each between $1.1 - $1.2 million in player costs per win over this stretch.
from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,
The next time you hear Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke talk about his blueprint for success, look no further than the Philadelphia Flyers.
A chassis built from the net out? Check.
A fleet of skilled, top six forwards not afraid to bang when that duty calls? You got it.
The difference, of course, is that Burke’s ideal roster is on paper right now, but at least Leafs fans can see how it all works in theory.
It’s been a long time since the Leafs last won the Cup.
via a Darren Dreger tweet,
Jonas Gustavsson has agreed to a two year contract with the Maple Leafs.
added 10:42am, via TSN,
The contract still needs to be signed, but it’s believed to be in the range of $1.3 million to $1.5 million per season.
from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
Claiming he had absolutely no fear of being fired if his vision for the Maple Leafs does not come to fruition in the near future, general manager Brian Burke unveiled his off-season shopping list Wednesday.
To that end, his wish list includes:
1. A Top-6 forward;
2. Adding more size to the roster;
3. Augmenting team toughness.
Easier said than done.
But Burke maintains he will stick to his plan of building from the net out. In other words, most of the focus this summer will be on the forward ranks, with the blue line and goaltending corps seemingly set.
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
Ron Wilson will return for his third season as coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The question is: Why?
Of all that has been questionable about the Leafs in recent years, Wilson’s lack of success has been the most surprising.
He came to Toronto with an impressive resume.
He said it would take time.
He seemed to have a sense about how difficult it would be to turn this team around.
But the truth is, it’s been worse than even Wilson imagined.
continued and other hockey notes…
from James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail,
With four years remaining on his contract in Toronto, Burke’s well-earned reputation in Vancouver and Anaheim may now be in jeopardy as early as next season, and it rests with an unorthodox plan to fast-track the Leafs’ rebuild, eschew the draft and use his team’s financial advantages whenever possible.
While there have been positive signs the past two months, there’s also a long way to go and a salary-cap crunch this summer as tight as any in the league. The Leafs will again be a work in progress next season and, quite likely, be a long shot to make the postseason.
With the Flyers winning 1-0 with about 3 minutes to play, Brian Boucher gets to the puck before it crosses the goal line.
from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,
It is, Tomas Kaberle says, the last thing on his mind to say good-bye to Toronto on Tuesday night.
After all, he has faced the “this-could-be-my-last-game-here” scenario often enough to shrug it off.
And when you are around the Maple Leafs as long as the 32-year-old defenceman has been, you must get used to shrugging things off.
But what if the game against the Philadelphia Flyers is it for Kaberle, what if it is his last home game as a Leaf? How will he be remembered?
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