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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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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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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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Leafs Enjoying The Moment

from Lance Hornby of the Toronot Sun,

The scoreboard read 4-0 for the Maple Leafs over Ottawa, with players and coaches grouped around the bench in animated discussion. Everyone joshed with centre Tim Brent, into the fifth minute of waiting for the NHL’s Toronto war room to confirm he’d scored his second goal in two games to clinch a second win.

There was even a big Snickers rinkboard ad unfurled beneath them that period, a happy coincidence.

“We were just goofing around on the bench, saying that if I got the goal, I’d be on pace for 82 again,” Brent said. “I said: ‘I don’t know if I want it, because people will start to expect that (goal a night).’ I just might bronze that stick.”

Of course, the yucks aren’t going to last, but what a difference from last year when their fifth straight non-playoff year ended with two ACC losses in which they managed one goal. The only boos heard Saturday were for the long delay reviewing Brent’s goal. For Leafs young and old, the change in weather was quite a shock to the system.

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Burke Always Learning

from Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star,

Brian Burke’s approach to making the Leafs a respected contender is simple. He soaks up something important from almost everyone he meets, and seeks out those he can learn from. Some of the most important lessons he’s picked up along the way: be decisive, realize assets come in many forms, and while you can’t always be compassionate, fairness is not negotiable….

“I called Bill Polian (Indianapolis Colts president). This is eight or nine years ago probably, well before we had a salary cap. I said, ‘We’re going toward a salary cap, I know we’re going to have one.’ I (didn’t) have the first idea how to handle a salary cap, how to manage a salary cap and I certainly don’t want to learn on the fly. I don’t want to hit the ground walking on this. If they put in a cap, what do I do? He said, ‘C’mon in. Talk to our cap guys.’ So I spent the better part of a day going over how they manage the cap.”

“Later on in the day, I’m sitting in Bill’s office and he had a depth chart and there was a little red box on three of the offensive linemen. I said, ‘What’s the little red box?’ He said, ‘They’re all unrestricted free agents.’ Of course, I’m thinking old system NHL where you’ve got to get something for everybody. And I went, ‘Oh my God, what are you going to do?’ and he looked at me like I had two heads. ‘What do you mean, what am I going to do? I’m going to replace them.’ I said, ‘You’re not going to get anything for them?’ and he said, ‘Yeah, I’m going to get back all the cap space….

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Giguere With The Game Saving Stops Tonight

Gionta robbed!

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