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via Arthur Staple of In the Crease at Newsday,
The Leafs GM is already in the Bell Centre, along with a few hundred fans who are heckling the snot out of Burke. This is not Leafs country.
via Kevin Allen’s Twitter,
Don’t rule out GM Brian Burke reuniting with G Giguere, particularlly if he doesn’t land Jonas Gustavsson, Ducks would have to take Toskala.
The Boston Bruins are in pursuit of Tomas Kaberle and a top 10 pick in today’s draft.
Sources tell TSN the Bruins have offered restricted free agent Phil Kessel to Toronto in exchange for Leaf defenceman Kaberle and Toronto’s No. 7 pick in today’s draft.
The Leafs are apparently canvassing the league to see if there are any better offers out there.
added 8:08am, Kevin Paul Dupont of the Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe posted this last night,
The Leafs this afternoon received at least one solid offer for veteran defenseman Tomas Kaberle, and according to a source familiar with added offers that Toronto is fielding this evening, the Bruins could be among the suitors.
from Darren Dreger of TSN,
Sources tell TSN the Toronto Maple Leafs have received what the team considers to be a significant offer for defenceman Tomas Kaberle.
There are few details available, however the offer arrived unexpectedly Thursday afternoon and is believed to be from one of the teams who may have been in the hunt, trying to acquire the negotiating rights to Florida’s Jay Bouwmeester.
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
Burke is pitching hard with whatever he has left, which isn’t exactly a pharaoh’s tomb filled with fabulous jewels and antiquities.
To get the second pick, if he can do this at all, he might need to move in two steps. Getting to fourth overall (Atlanta) or fifth (Los Angeles) could allow Burke to sell Lawton on a deal that would still allow the Bolts to get one of the top five players in the draft.
Understand, however, none of this may happen, no matter how hard the flamboyant Burke tries, and be assured he is enjoying himself immensely while creating the perception that the Leafs are a relevant player again at this draft.
When it’s all over, he may just have to be satisfied with hard rock Canadian junior defenceman Jared Cowan at No. 7, unless chief scout Dave Morrison hands him a piece of paper with the name of a Swedish prospect like Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson or Oliver Ekman-Larsson.
A hyphenated player, after all, would add a little dash.
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
Brian Burke can’t admit to the possibility of being intrigued by Bouwmeester because that would constitute tampering eight days before the free agent season officially begins. But he is thinking about it. He is thinking seriously about this 25-year-old defenceman. And the Maple Leafs will be among the bidders on July 1, no matter how silent he remains for now.
Just how high they are willing to go, how much money, how many years—and whether Bouwmeester would have any interest in playing in Toronto for a team on the rebuild—are all questions in need of answers for a player who has yet to define his career.
The Leafs, being where they are, have no choice but to take a shot at Bouwmeester. Because of his age. Because of his size. Because of his skill set. Because of all the possibilities he presents. Look how Zdeno Chara helped turn around a Boston Bruins team in terrible shape. Could Bouwmeester have the same kind of impact where he eventually lands?
Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke let it be known that the Leafs will not be in on the Dany Heatley sweepstakes, and he pulled no punches along the way.
In a phone interview with Deb Placey and Billy Jaffe on NHL Live! broadcast on the NHL network, Burke stated that the Leafs had no interest in the two-time 50 goal scorer, largely because of the way he has chosen to handle his trade request.
“We’re not going to be in on that,” Burke stated. “He’s a good player but I have certain guidelines on how players ask for trades.”
I was listening to the interview and one thing not mentioned in the above story is Burke was asked about the Phoenix/Hamilton issue. Burke said he cannot discuss right now, the league is handling the issue, but once he gets the OK to talk about it, NHL Live should book him for an hour, because he has a lot to say on that topic.
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
Yessir, the Maple Leaf hockey boss has been a busy man of late, hiring here and firing there. But he has yet to touch the actual player roster.
The next 14 days should, or could, be critical to Burke’s short-term ambitions. Then again, about 20 other clubs are saying the same thing. But here’s Burke’s four-pronged attack plan:
1. Sign goaltender Jonas Gustavsson. “The Monster” is expected to be secretly spirited into town this week to be wined and dined by the Leaf brass, including new goalie coach Francois Allaire, after first meeting with Colorado, Dallas and San Jose.
2. Try to figure out the uncertain equation between teams looking to dump expensive contracts and what they’ll be willing to pay to loosen the salary cap noose.
3. Move up in the entry draft.
4. Prepare to make an immediate, aggressive pitch for unrestricted free agent defenceman Jay Bouwmeester on July 1 or the Sedin twins, Daniel and Henrik.
from the Toronto Maple Leafs,
Brian Burke, president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Wednesday that Francois Allaire has joined the team. As Goaltending Consultant, Allaire will work extensively with the goaltenders at all levels of the Maple Leafs’ organization.
“We consider Francois to be one of the best in the world at his craft,” said Burke. “He brings a tremendous amount of experience and I know that he will make an immediate impact with our goalies. I would like to thank the Anaheim organization for making Francois available to us.”
Allaire, 53, spent the past 13 seasons as Anaheim’s Goaltending Consultant which included the 2007 Stanley Cup championship team
The Toronto Maple Leafs will not bring Curtis Joseph back for the 2009-10 season, reports the Toronto Sun.
General manager Brian Burke told the newspaper the Maple Leafs will look for another option as their backup goaltender in the coming season.
“Great service as a Leaf,” Burke told the Sun on Monday. “But we are moving on.”
*Original report from the Toronto Sun is here
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