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1967 - The Last Time The Leafs Won The Stanley Cup

It’s been a long time since the Leafs last won the Cup.

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The Monster Stays In Toronto

via a Darren Dreger tweet,

Jonas Gustavsson has agreed to a two year contract with the Maple Leafs.

added 10:42am, via TSN,

The contract still needs to be signed, but it’s believed to be in the range of $1.3 million to $1.5 million per season.

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Burke’s Wish List

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

Claiming he had absolutely no fear of being fired if his vision for the Maple Leafs does not come to fruition in the near future, general manager Brian Burke unveiled his off-season shopping list Wednesday.

To that end, his wish list includes:
1. A Top-6 forward;
2. Adding more size to the roster;
3. Augmenting team toughness.

Easier said than done.

But Burke maintains he will stick to his plan of building from the net out. In other words, most of the focus this summer will be on the forward ranks, with the blue line and goaltending corps seemingly set.

continued

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Why Is Ron Wilson Still The Coach In Toronto?

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Ron Wilson will return for his third season as coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The question is: Why?

Of all that has been questionable about the Leafs in recent years, Wilson’s lack of success has been the most surprising.

He came to Toronto with an impressive resume.

He said it would take time.

He seemed to have a sense about how difficult it would be to turn this team around.

But the truth is, it’s been worse than even Wilson imagined.

continued and other hockey notes…

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Burke Has A Long Way To Go With The Leafs

from James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail,

With four years remaining on his contract in Toronto, Burke’s well-earned reputation in Vancouver and Anaheim may now be in jeopardy as early as next season, and it rests with an unorthodox plan to fast-track the Leafs’ rebuild, eschew the draft and use his team’s financial advantages whenever possible.

While there have been positive signs the past two months, there’s also a long way to go and a salary-cap crunch this summer as tight as any in the league. The Leafs will again be a work in progress next season and, quite likely, be a long shot to make the postseason.

more

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Save Of The Night

With the Flyers winning 1-0 with about 3 minutes to play, Brian Boucher gets to the puck before it crosses the goal line.

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Is Kaberle Playing His Last Home Game As A Leaf?

from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,

It is, Tomas Kaberle says, the last thing on his mind to say good-bye to Toronto on Tuesday night.

After all, he has faced the “this-could-be-my-last-game-here” scenario often enough to shrug it off.

And when you are around the Maple Leafs as long as the 32-year-old defenceman has been, you must get used to shrugging things off.

But what if the game against the Philadelphia Flyers is it for Kaberle, what if it is his last home game as a Leaf? How will he be remembered?

continued

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College Boys Unite

from Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star,

It has the makings of a bad television sitcom.

Three university kids, each 24 and single, come to the big city to make it in Canada’s most fanatical hockey market. They become fast friends, share an apartment and, just to stretch credulity even further, end up playing together on a line with the Maple Leafs.

Imagine the hijinks? Kind of a new-age Slap Shot. Except with players who have mad skills, instead of anger management issues. There’d even be a Hanson in it.

Nah, who’d ever believe that?

continued

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Leafs Must Work On Their Compete Level

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

In Viktor Stalberg, Christian Hanson and newly signed Brayden Irwin, the Leafs had some size in the lineup, but none of those players yet have a solid concept of how to use their bulk at the NHL level.

To some degree, that can be taught.

But all those players were U.S. college stars who found their way to the Leafs mostly by being talented offensive players in the NCAA, not by being nasty pieces of work.

It’s fine to be well over 6 feet tall and 200 pounds, but quite another to go into a corner with the likes of Chara, Denis Wideman or Johnny Boychuk and emerge unbruised and/or with the puck.

That’s why the coming summer is so important to the Leafs beyond what the unrestricted free-agent market may offer. Forwards like Bozak, Stalberg, Hanson, Irwin, Luca Caputi and Nazem Kadri will all need to apply themselves to become more thorough professionals and harder players to compete against.

more

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Win One For Burke

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

It won’t change or decide anything. The Leafs will still be 29th out of 30 NHL teams when the match against the Boston Bruins ends Saturday night, and the Bruins will still be in the process of trying to secure a Stanley Cup playoff berth.

Yet there’s still meaning to this game, most of it surrounding the Phil Kessel trade from last fall.

More to the point, from the Toronto end of things, if the Maple Leafs were ever going to win a game for president/GM Brian Burke, maybe give the game puck to him if they could come up with a victory, this would be the one.

Burke’s reputation has taken a bit of a beating this season as the Leafs have settled into the bottom of the league, and certainly there are many who have resoundingly panned his decision to ship two first-round picks to the Bruins for Kessel.

He did it because he believed in the player and because he believed the trade was a way to jump-start the rebirth of his downtrodden team.

read on

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