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from Bruce Arthur of the National Post,
On the 156th day of the rest of his life, Brian Burke woke up and he tried to keep another promise. He would march, he said. So he marched.
And marching was easier, in a way. Not that it was easy. As Brian Burke walked the streets of Toronto, sweating in the sun and waving at the sea of people at one of the world’s grandest Pride Parades, he thought about his son. He thought about Brendan, his beautiful boy. How could he not? Brendan was why he was here.
thanks to a KK member for the pointer
Brian Burke mentioned earlier today that the Tomas Kaberle talks have been shutdown for the long USA Holiday weekend.
Plus, I heard Darren Dreger on 640am in Toronto earlier today and he said the whispers continue of Tampa being interested in Kaberle and the name Ryan Malone has been brought up.
Just something to think about over the weekend.
The Toronto Maple Leafs locked up one of their top six forwards on Friday, signing winger Nikolai Kulemin to a two-year, $4.7 million contract.
Kulemin, 23, scored 16 goals and 36 points in 78 games in 2009-10.
Taken 44th overall by the Maple Leafs in 2006, the Russian forward has 31 goals and 67 points in 151 games.
via TSN TV, Armstrong signs for $9M for 3 years.
from Damien Cox of The Spin,
The tradtionalists in the game, or those without imagination who believe a championship team can only be built one way, are either pulling their hair out over Burke’s insistence on developing his own methods for constructing a winner in the salary cap era, or tut-tutting him for refusing to buy into their philosophies.
You just gotta love that.
So, with the announcement, “The Boston Bruins are proud to select Tyler Seguin” still ringing in their air, with people still insisting that Burke’s decision to trade two first rounders for Phil Kessel was pure insanity, what does the Leaf general manager do but go out and buy another player at the cost of more futures.
This is a GM who just loves to thumb his nose at conventional wisdom.
“I’ve been trying to warn our fans that this team that we’ve fallen in love with isn’t going to stay the same, but no championship team does. It’s kind of the nature of the world that we’re in.
“We’re doing the best we can to keep our core together.”
-Chicago Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman after trading Kris Versteeg last night. More on Versteeg from Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star.
via Pierre LeBrun tweet,
Leafs get Versteeg and the rights to winger Bill Sweatt in exchange for forwards Viktor Stalberg, Chris DiDomenico and Philippe Paradis
The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Wednesday that defenceman Mike Van Ryn has elected not to play in the 2010-11 hockey season.
Van Ryn, 31, has been rehabilitating his left knee after undergoing an osteotomy (knee re-alignment) on October 22, 2009. He did not appear in a game this past season due to the injury. The native of London, Ontario joined the Leafs in a trade with the Florida Panthers on September 2, 2008.
from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,
For public consumption anyway, it has been well over a year of mutual admiration and asserting that there is no need for the relationship to end.
Maple Leafs defenceman Tomas Kaberle has professed his love for all things Toronto — save the losing.
Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke has professed his love for all things Kaberle — save the fact that trading him might bring some desperate scoring help.
There’s no reason to disbelieve either position. Both men believe what they say and there still remains a chance that Kaberle is wearing No. 15 for the Leafs when the season opens this October thought.
Over the next seven days we will see if true love trumps the trade market, but one of the partners seems resolved to the relationship dissolving.
from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
His seven prospects locked up in his suitcase as he returned to Toronto, Leafs GM Brian Burke set his mind on what will be a busy few days leading up to Thursday’s free agent frenzy.
First up is Marc Savard. The Bruins are said to be ready to ship their playmaking centre. The Leafs are in the mix, and the price tag is much cheaper than Thomas Kaberle.
This opportunity is an unintended consequence of the Phil Kessel trade.
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