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Colton Orr Will Skate With Pink Tonight

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Versteeg’s Back Issues Flare Up

from Jonas Siegel of am640,

Sidelined in Boston on Thursday, Kris Versteeg visited a doctor Friday for a back problem that’s troubled him the last few days. Following a light practice Friday afternoon, Ron Wilson indicated the possibility of an MRI for the 24-year-old Versteeg.

“He’s had issues with his back,” said Wilson. “It gets sore every once in a while and he needs to rest it.”

“He’s gone to see the doctor, maybe along the way get an MRI, I’m not really sure.”

Versteeg was a late scratch for the Leafs 2-0 loss in Boston Thursday night, after missing practice a day earlier with stiffness in his back. In his last two seasons with Chicago, Versteeg was the picture of health, missing just six games due to injury.

“You always are concerned,” said Wilson, “but I’m not gonna speculate [on the severity] right now. I have no idea.”

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Leafs/Devils Talking

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

The New Jersey Devils are weak on the blueline and the Toronto Maple Leafs are in the market for a top-six forward. Shouldn’t they be talking a little Tomas Kaberle? In fact, I have heard that is exactly the case. We all know Leafs GM Brian Burke has indicated he would honour Kaberle’s no-movement clause, but we also know Kaberle gave Toronto a list of teams that he would consider being sent to in a trade. You’d have to think Burke would be able to put pressure on Kaberle to accept a deal if the Devils offered him a quality forward.

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Video- Thank You Kessel

After Tyler Seguin of the Bruins scored last night, the faithful Bostonians started a Thank you Kessel chant, which you can watch below.

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Burke’s Madness

from Chris Richards of the Deep End at the Vancouver Province,

Nobody manipulates the media and uses it to motivate his team quite like Brian Burke. While Gillis employs sleep-tracking methods, dietary controls and cutting edge training techniques, Burke takes the old school approach and threatens people with their jobs to make them play to their full potential. Two weeks in to the season and Burke is already bandying about trade rumours to reporters, saying he has had a couple very “solid” offers recently. This is all presumably to light a fire under his team after they dropped a couple of contests following their ridiculously successful start to the season. Nothing to get a team motivated like the fear of getting shipped to Carolina.

In the past I have been critical of Burke’s methods. You don’t see any other GM in the league on the highlights as much as Burke, probably not all of them combined, and after awhile it seems like he is doing some of the yapping to feed his own ego.

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Armstrong Out 4-6 Weeks

via Toronto Maple Leafs tweet,

The Leafs Colby Armstrong will undergo surgery on his finger and will miss four to six weeks

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Phil Kessel For The ‘Hart’?

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

Based on his performance thus far, Phil Kessel could be in contention for the Hart as MVP and the Maurice Richard Trophy which was introduced in 1999 and goes to the player (or players) who leads the NHL in goal-scoring.

With seven goals in eight games, Kessel is right in the thick of things where the Maurice Richard is concerned. Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Patrick Sharp of the Chicago Blackhawks are tied for the league lead in goals with eight apiece while Kessel, Daniel Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks and Marian Hossa of the Blackhawks trail by one with seven each. For what it’s worth, Kessel has a game in hand on Sedin and two on Hossa.

There are some players that get off to good starts in a season, but you just know they will eventually hit the wall. For instance, does anyone really expect Clarke MacArthur of the Leafs to continue scoring at nearly a goal-per-game pace? Even Sharp and Sedin have both managed career highs of 36 goals in their careers so it would be a shock if they were to challenge for 50 this season.

It is abundantly clear that if he remains healthy, Kessel will be the driving force behind the Maple Leafs’ offence. The 23-year-old Madison, WI, native is on pace for 72 goals this season.

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Video- You Make The Call, Leafs/Panthers

Goalie interference on Colton Orr?

Phil Kessel scored late, Leafs win 3-1.

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Leafs Need More Goals

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

So let’s go through the missing persons list on offence: Kris Versteeg, Nikolai Kulemin, Colby Armstrong, one goal; Tyler Bozak, Mikhail Grabovski, Fredrik Sjostrom none. Brent has been silent since getting two in the first two games, though to be fair, he and fellow third liners Armstrong and Sjostrom aren’t paid to score with regularity.

General manager Brian Burke and coach Ron Wilson might tell you they would have been ecstatic if you told them last month the Leafs would be 4-4 after eight games. But Toronto could have done better by sticking to the formula, certainly in the past two games. Their worst defeat of the three consecutive losses was Saturday in Philadelphia, where the Flyers blocked more shots (18) than the Leafs got on net (14), captain Dion Phaneuf was a minus three and the Leafs breakout went from order to chaos.

Everyone wanted to be in the book, but no one was on the same page and the Flyers bagged two or three goals right off turnovers.

MacArthur said that was a likely consequence of having too many forwards with ones and zeroes beside their name as November approaches.

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News from the Farm: 10/21/10

If you’re looking for an update on Aunt Bessie’s cow, or information on last summer’s harvest, look on.

If, however, you’re looking for news and information on the top minor league affiliates of the NHL’s Southeast Division clubs, you’re in the right place.

In years past, I would run News from Norfolk as a regular feature on Tampa Bay’s AHL affiliate and now, News from the Farm will feature the Charlotte Checkers, Chicago Wolves, Hershey Bears and Rochester Americans along with the Admirals, to follow the progress of the Southeast’s future stars at the AHL level (and, at least for now, Michael Nylander and Sheldon Souray too).

We’ll look at game results, standings, league and team-leading scorers and goaltenders, pick a player of the week, have a glance at the schedule ahead and keep you abreast of any other developments for these players and their clubs.

Thursday seemed as good a day as any for this weekly feature, so that’s where it will be slotted in to start (and this week, as the first installment, there’s plenty of AHL action to catch up on).

Without further delay, News from the Farm:

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