Kukla's Korner

Kukla's Korner Hockey

Category: Toronto-Maple-Leafs

Jason Allison Gets A Tryout With The Leafs

from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

The Toronto Maple Leafs have granted a tryout to veteran forward Jason Allison.

The 34-year-old will attend the Leafs training camp without a contract next month, even though he hasn’t played in the NHL since his 2005-06 season. That season with the Leafs was cut to 66 games after he suffered a hand injury….

“I’m physically and mentally as healthy as I’ve been in five years,” Allison said. “I’m excited and ready to go.

“I had a lot of personal stuff to deal with last year - just getting my life re-organized and dealing with family issues. It’s been a good year for me, even though I didn’t play hockey and people were wondering where I was or what I was doing ... It was important for me to just get feeling good about life.”

more

Filed in: NHL Teams, Toronto Maple Leafs, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: jason+allison

Player Agent Recalls Draft Day Excitement

from Ryan Pyette of the London Free Press,

The NHL draft-day drama remains so fresh.

London hockey agent Brian MacDonald of Siskinds Sports Management was sitting alongside his Knights client Nazem Kadri’s sizable clan at Montreal’s Bell Centre in June.

Suddenly, Ottawa Senators GM Bryan whipped past toward the Toronto Maple Leafs table, obviously to try to swing a last-minute deal with Buds boss Brian Burke.

“That was exciting,” MacDonald said, reflecting on the first round nail-biter. “We knew the Leafs were really high on Nazem so we were waiting to see which way it went (with Toronto and the seventh pick) and it always takes two sides to make a deal.”

And, often, a lot of ups and downs along the way.

continued

Filed in: NHL Teams, Toronto Maple Leafs, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Komisarek Talks Team USA & Leafs

from NHL This Morning at NHL Home Ice,

Team USA hopeful Mike Komisarek of the Toronto Maple Leafs joined Scott Laughlin from the USA Olympic orientation camp in Chicago. Mike talked about representing his country and joining the Maple Leafs this off-season

click to listen...

Filed in: NHL Teams, Toronto Maple Leafs, Non-NHL Hockey, International Hockey, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: mike+komisarek, team+usa

Keith Acton Surprised By Lottery Winnings

via YorkRegion,

Maybe it’s an omen of a lucky season ahead.

Keith Acton, an assistant coach with the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs and co-owner of Stouffville’s Boston Pizza, came into a lucky windfall last week after taking home $98,500 in the Aug. 5. Lotto 6/49 draw.

Mr. Acton, a former NHL player, said he had to check his ticket a few times.

“I didn’t believe I won at first,” he told lottery officials.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Toronto Maple Leafs, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: keith+acton

Finding A Leader In Toronto

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….

Filed in: NHL Teams, Toronto Maple Leafs, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Burke Says Kaberle Not Moving

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…

Filed in: NHL Teams, Toronto Maple Leafs, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: tomas+kaberle

If Richard Peddie Took The Stand

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.

read on

Filed in: NHL Teams, Toronto Maple Leafs, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

A New Face For The Leafs

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.

continued

Filed in: NHL Teams, Toronto Maple Leafs, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: nazem+kadri

Ted “Teeder” Kennedy Passes Away

Fan590 in Toronto just reported Ted “Teeder” Kennedy has passed away.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Toronto Maple Leafs, NHL Talk, Old School, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: ted+"teeder"+kennedy

The Build-Up Begins For The Toronto Maple Leafs

Filed in: NHL Teams, Toronto Maple Leafs, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

« Previous       ‹ First  < 139 140 141 142 143 >  Last ›      Next »

About Kukla's Korner Hockey

Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.

Email Paul anytime at pk@kuklaskorner.com

Feed

Most Recent Blog Posts