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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
As for Toronto, last week an NHL GM told me that he figured his Leafs’ counterpart, Brian Burke, would have both Chris Neil and Travis Moen locked up within the first 24 hours of free agency – and that they would be two-thirds of Toronto’s third line next year. Let’s see if he turns out to be right.
read on for some Hossa/Edmonton thoughts.
Regarding Hossa, Dreger reporting Chiccago showing interest but I wonder, why not just sign Havlat?
via Kevin Allen’s Twitter,
Believing that there will be more talks between Toronto and Boston about Phil Kessel and Tomas Kaberle. Bruins need puck moving D man..
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from Michael Traikos of the National Post,
Ever since he was hired by the Leafs last December, Burke has made it his mission to make the team bigger, meaner and tougher. This weekend, he took a step towards that goal by ignoring skilled Europeans and selecting North Americans with equal parts of “pugnacity, testosterone, truculence and belligerence.”
“This won’t address our immediate need for size and toughness. We’ll do that later in the summer,” said Burke, who added that most of the drafted players are three to four years away from potentially playing in the NHL.
“But I think people should read into it that we are not just talking the talk about this. We’re going to be bigger and cruder.”
“I will tell you this – the best hockey fans on the planet are not in Montreal, they’re in Toronto. When we host this event in a couple years this will seem like child’s play for the booing they get in Toronto.”
“Could we have moved up? Easily, we could have done it easily, we could have done it on the floor, we could have done it two weeks ago – if we put Luke Schenn in the deal. To me that’s a step backwards for our franchise.
“My ego’s not that big I’ve got to get up there in the first two picks every couple years. I think for the Toronto Maple Leafs we made a prudent decision to keep the kid that I think will be our captain in a couple years.”
-Brian Burke. More from Chris Johnston of the CP via the Toronto Star.
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?
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