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from Damian Cox of the Spin at theToronto Star,
Tomas Kaberle may be coming back to at least start the season with the Maple Leafs, but despite speculation in some corners, it won’t be to become the next Leaf captain.
Ditto for newcomers Mike Komisarek and Francois Beauchemin. In fact, GM Brian Burke is setting the bar awfully high in terms of finding the player who will next wear the “C” in Toronto, making it a virtual certainty the club will again not have a captain this season.
“Look, we’re Big Blue,” he said yesterday. “We’re not naming a captain until we have someone who can rank with the captains that have come before.”
continued & some Team USA talk too….
via Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
Attention K-Mart shoppers, don’t bother looking for that last-second Tomas Kaberle deal.
Asked yesterday just what time today the defenceman’s trade window closes, general manager Brian Burke e-mailed: “It doesn’t matter when. We’re not moving him.”
A post-season opportunity to trade Kaberle opened in his contract when the Leafs missed the playoffs. But outside of discussions with Boston for Phil Kessel at the draft, nothing developed and Burke decided to see what Kaberle can do this year when protected by a tougher Toronto defence.
Burke’s hope to trade another defenceman for help at forward remain unfulfilled to date.
How many times did we hear from supposed experts that Kaberle was about to be traded? It is now over, until the talks start up again near the trade deadline…
from Dave Perkins of the Toronto Star,
Judge Redfield T. Baum has denied Jim Balsillie’s attempt to have Richard Peddie testify at the Phoenix Coyotes’ bankruptcy case.
But a guy can dream, can’t he?
Attorney: Mr. Peddie, what is your current position?
Peddie: I am the lord high exchequer of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment and I sitteth at the right hand of the almighty Ontario Teachers Pension Plan.
Attorney: You sitteth at the right hand? What about Larry Tanenbaum?
Peddie: The Plan is the father, I am the son and Larry is the Holy Ghost.
Attorney: Thank you. Now, Mr. Peddie, what is the stated goal of Maple Leaf Sports?
Peddie: To win the Stanley Cup.
Judge Baum: Mr. Peddie, I remind you that you are under oath. ... Bailiff, please instruct the spectators to stop laughing or I will clear the court.
from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen via the National Post,
Nazem Kadri can’t possibly know what’s in store for him.
Not just because there are always questions about a teenage prospect’s future in professional hockey, but because the 18-year-old centre from Komoka, Ont., southwest of London, is on the verge of becoming just the second Muslim to reach the NHL. (Ramzi Abid played 68 NHL games after being selected in the second round of the 1998 NHL entry draft by the Phoenix Coyotes.)
Unwittingly, Kadri, drafted seventh overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in June, is entering the NHL at an interesting time for a player of his ethnic background. Kadri’s father, Sam, left war-ravaged Lebanon in the late 1960s, emigrated to Canada and married a Canadian woman of Lebanese descent.
The NHL and especially Hockey Canada are on the prowl for a new face - a player such as Kadri - to represent a rapidly changing demographic, to attract new Canadians to the game.
Fan590 in Toronto just reported Ted “Teeder” Kennedy has passed away.
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
Tomas Kaberle still hesitates when answering his phone in the Czech Republic.
But the wait and worry ends Saturday when the window on the defenceman’s no-trade contract closes, with him still expected to be a Maple Leaf.
Kaberle was relieved to hear general manager Brian Burke predict again yesterday that he’ll be in the fold when training camp opens in a month.
“I’m happy to be staying a Leaf, though there are still a few days to go,” a cautious Kaberle said yesterday in a phone interview from his hometown of Kladno.
“Everyone knew what Brian said, that if he got a good deal there would be movement with me. But I’m getting ready to go to Toronto now, working out the past few weeks with (compatriot and Canadiens forward) Tomas Plekanec and ready to fly out in a few weeks and see the guys.”
ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has acquired goaltender Justin Pogge from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for a conditional selection in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
via Darren Dreger’s Twitter,
Toronto will trade Justin Pogge to the Ducks on Monday for a draft pick. Leafs will also sign goalie, Joey MacDonald.
from Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun,
Burke said he is “excited” to see what Kaberle can do with some of the veteran defencemen he acquired, particularly Mike Komisarek and Francois Beauchemin.
“Say your first (defensive unit) is Kaberle and Komisarek,” Burke said. “Kaberle is not picking his teeth out of the glass all night (anymore). I’m excited about that.
“There’s some notion that everyone has to be tough on a hockey team. They don’t. You have to surround your skill guys with enough size and toughness that they can play their game. And I think that’s what we’ve done.”
Burke reiterated his belief that the club’s so-called skill players—Mikhail Grabovski, Jason Blake, etc—could enjoy excellent seasons because they now are surrounded with sandpaper.
“I believe that toughness and fear are contagious,” the GM said. “And I count on improved performance from some of those kids just because we’re bigger and meaner.”
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