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from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
Wayne Primeau can almost feel his gut still churning when he thinks about the Maple Leafs horrifying plane ride from Toronto to the New York area in the wee hours of Sunday morning.
“It was one of the scariest flights I’ve ever had, for sure,” Primeau said Monday, still shaking his head in disbelief.
“The turbulence we experienced for about two minutes was unbelievable ... At one point, I was thinking about my family and kids. I was hanging on for dear life.”
from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,
When Viktor Stalberg first started taking on the superstars of the NHL, it was an easy game.
He would fly down the wing or cut to the inside. Shoot high, shoot low and generally be a dominant force in every game he played.
And then he turned off the video game.
When the self-confessed gaming junkie — “I play ever(y) day,” he said Friday — tried that act on the ice against the best professionals in the world, suddenly it wasn’t so simple.
“There’s no question I was (intimidated) at first,” Stalberg said at the MasterCard Centre following the first two-goal game of his career the previous night. “Most of the guys I was playing against in video games for the last four years then you go out there and you are a little star struck. I was like ‘Wow, I’m playing against these guys and have to snap out of it.’ ”
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
When Matt Carkner saw Colton Orr flash triple fingers to the Scotiabank crowd, he knew his Maple Leafs pugilist partner wasn’t signifying three wins for Toronto over the Senators in the Battle of Ontario.
Orr was trying to claim the victory in the third of four fights in as many games between them, though Carkner took exception to the signal as showboating.
“He was probably celebrating because he had three shifts in the game or something,” Carkner retorted.
continued and watch the fight below…
Elliotte Friedman of HNIC interviews Brian Burke and discusses both Team USA and the Toronto Maple Leafs.
from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
If there is a likely captain out of the group that wear A, it could well be Phaneuf. At 24, he’s closer in age to the players he leads. Kaberle is 32, Beauchemin 29 and Komisarek 28.
The core of players around whom this team is being built is much younger. Phil Kessel is 22. Luke Schenn is 20. Tyler Bozak will be 24 later this month. Viktor Stalberg is 24. Carl Gunnarsson and Nikolai Kulemin are 23. Luca Caputi is 21.
“We’ve got a young energetic group that works hard shift-in, shift-out,” said Phaneuf. “It’s a fun group to be around. A very upbeat group; a young group.”
Don Cherry thinks so.
Watch the fight, then Cherry’s comments follow.
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
For a tantalizing 24 hours, Brian Burke had the valued card that he had so badly wanted to play in the months counting down to Wednesday’s NHL trade deadline.
Tomas Kaberle and agent Rick Curran put themselves in the big game, letting it be known they’d relent and waive his no-trade clause, pending Burke’s exploratory talks with three select clubs.
But Burke either could not make something happen with such a limited field or had too little time, and the day ended with Kaberle aboard the flight to Boston with the rest of the Leafs for Thursday’s game.
Kaberle has been singin’ in the rain for the five years the Leafs have missed the playoffs, convincing himself that sunny skies were coming back.
per TSN for a couple of draft picks (4th an 7th)
Per TSN’s Bob McKenzie’s Tweet:
Martin Skoula to New Jersey is confirmed. Done.
added 11:20am: Leafs get a 2010 5th round pick in return.
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
If Brian Burke was worried about the embarrassment of finishing dead last in the NHL and giving the first pick in this summer’s draft to the Boston Bruins, he’s not showing it.
The Maple Leafs president/GM dumped one of his best forwards, Alexei Ponikarovsky, on Tuesday night in a deal that might help the Leafs down the road, but certainly not right away. He picked up a prospect, local boy Luca Caputi, in the deal, along with a veteran defenceman Martin Skoula.
Skoula might help in the short term, but it’s more likely he’ll be flipped by Wednesday’s trade deadline. Moreover, underachieving winger Lee Stempniak, another veteran, may also be moved for a draft pick, further weakening the Toronto roster.
So, clearly, Burke has already accepted the reality that the Phil Kessel deal with the Bruins will prove to be more costly than originally imagined. Leaf fans might as well accept it, too.
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