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Versteeg Not Used To Losing

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

Kris Versteeg hadn’t lost a real game since winning the Stanley Cup with Chicago, and the taste of defeat was much different than champagne.

But Leafs Nation did find out their new first-line winger truly hates to lose.

“It’s crappy,” Versteeg said after his goal was taken away on a controversial call, he was given a rough ride and took a retaliation penalty and, especially, after he lost control of an overtime breakaway on bad ice, all in the course of a 2-1 loss to the Islanders. “We controlled the game the whole way, it wasn’t even close.”

He didn’t take the gracious way out either, when it was suggested that New York’s 41-year-old fountain of youth, Dwayne Roloson, was just too much for his team.

“I don’t care about how Dwayne Roloson plays. I care how we play,” Versteeg snapped.

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The Face Of The Leafs

from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,

The general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs turned 55 early this summer. His once red hair – bulrushes for follicles – has turned the colour of spring ice. His big, glowing Irish face remains set in what appears to be constant fury, belying both the wit that lies not far beneath the surface and the sentimental sob that hides somewhat deeper. He is almost as complicated as his job description.

In a team that polarizes fans – lionized and loved by half the country, resented and ridiculed by the other half – Burke, far more than any individual player, has become the face of hockey’s most powerful franchise.

And given that the Leafs began the season as the NHL’s hottest club – currently sitting 4-0-0 – that polarization has risen to levels not even imagined by the Ignatieffs and Harpers of the country.

Burke is, for hockey circles, a bit of an enigma: an American who prefers Canadians; a journeyman player who chose school over dreaming; a man who is both gruff and articulate in a culture known for politeness and clichés.

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Lebda Expected To Add Offense To Leafs Defense

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JJ’s Three Cheers: 10/16/10

Today’s three cheers (a little late because, you know, a dad’s gotta take his two-year-old to Sesame Street Live every now and again) for the NHL’s top performers from a night ago:

***Cheers to Toronto’s Phil Kessel, whose overtime tally toppled the Rangers in New York, improving the Leafs’ stellar start to a perfect 4-0-0. The OT winner was Kessel’s second of the game and fourth of the season and the former Bruin also added an assist earlier in the contest. Clarke MacArthur also scored for Toronto - the impressive fifth goal of the year for the Buffalo/Atlanta castoff

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  Tags: anthony+stewart, clarke+macarthur, dustin+brown, phil+kessel, roberto+luongo

What Is Avery Thinking?

Why would Avery do something like this?

Mike Komisarek says the league should take a look at the slashes from Avery, watch below…

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  Tags: mike+komisarek, sean+avery

Are The Leafs A Playoff Team?

from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,

In the tight Eastern Conference, there’s no way Toronto could recover from another start like last season, when it took 15 games to win three times. So 3-0 looks huge.

And the fast start has caught the attention of Toronto’s rivals.

“Realistically, they’re a playoff team,” an Eastern Conference scout told Sporting News. “This is a team that hasn’t been in the playoffs for a while, but I think they’re capable of moving up a few notches. They have guys there that know how to win and that rubs off on other players.”

Not that he’s happy about it.

“Believe me, I hope they go in the tank,” he said.

In his rebuild-on-the-fly approach, GM Brian Burke focused on acquiring players with character. Players with a history of winning.

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JJ’s Three Cheers: 10/14/10

Today’s three cheers, in honor of outstanding performances from last night’s action:

***Cheers to Tampa Bay’s Ryan Malone, whose three-point effort was capped with an overtime winner in Montreal, leading the Lightning to their second win in as many tries on the young season.

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  Tags: clarke+macarthur, ilya+kovalchuk, martin+brodeur, ryan+malone, ryan+miller

Happy In Toronto

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

He didn’t have a job, you see, after the Atlanta Thrashers had walked away from a $2.4 million arbitration award, and as he contemplated the NHL market in August, it seemed as though all the money had been spent.

“Finally, one team called,” recalled MacArthur. “And of course right away four or five others did.”

In the end, it was the Maple Leafs who appealed to MacArthur most with their lowball $1.1 million offer, and after scoring his third and fourth goals in three games Wednesday night in a 4-3 triumph over Pittsburgh, the 25-year-old left winger might have the Thrashers second-guessing themselves.

“I don’t really care what they’re thinking down (in Atlanta),” he said. “I’m happy here.”

This early-season Leaf honeymoon, meanwhile, has been brief but hugely satisfying as the club moved to 3-0-0 with the victory over the Pens. Ron Wilson’s surprising crew now has a chance Friday night in Manhattan to start unbeaten and untied in four starts for the first time since the 1993-94 season when the club began with 10 consecutive victories.

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Leafs Lose The Fight But Win The Game

Deryk Engelland of the Penguins with a right hand that knocks Colton Orr of the Leafs down to the ice.

I don’t believe Orr played again after the punch.

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  Tags: colton+orr, deryk+engelland

Leafs Make Cap Room For Future Moves By Waiving Finger

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Why now? Well, if Finger continued practising with the NHL club and suffered an injury, the Leafs wouldn’t be able to put him on waivers until he was healthy again. A blocked shot and a broken foot, then, could rob the club of useful salary-cap leverage.

Beyond that, it’s remarkable how the heat is already mounting in various NHL cities after only two or three games. See, it’s one thing to imagine carrying salaries during the summer when it’s all theoretical, and quite another when the games begin and the paycheques must be signed….

So maybe people look at the Leafs and their cap space differently today or maybe they say, “Well, duh, we already knew that.”...

Burke’s bet is that sooner than later, the clubs that need to move a body or two will have to do it, and by sending Finger down he’s made it abundantly clear to all GMs — and their owners — that he can ease their cap pain.

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