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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
Well, let’s just say right now only the thick and misguided would have much doubt about what the plan is for the Leafs with Brian Burke at the controls.
Get tough. Get more North American. Then get tougher.
Last weekend, Burke drafted seven players, including among them one of the better fighters in the Ontario Hockey league and two big lads, one 6-foot-5 and the other 6-foot-6.
If they ever make it, it won’t be because they’re good stickhandlers.
Yesterday, after making a fruitless trip across the ocean to make a face-to-face pitch to Henrik and Daniel Sedin, only to find they’d signed back with Vancouver before anyone else could make them an offer, Burke didn’t whine or complain.
He got busy.
Bob McKenzie on TSN is reporting that Mike Komisarek has been signed by the Toronto Maple Leafs. Details are being worked out.
Update 2:59pm ET: TSN—
Defenceman Mike Komisarek is now a Toronto Maple Leaf.
Update 6:06pm ET: From Kevin Allen of USA Today, via Twitter—
Toronto has signed MIke Komisarek for five years at $4.5 million per year.
Update 8:18pm ET: From Darren Dreger’s Twitter—
Komisarek’s deal includes limted no-trade. He submits a list of 12 teams per year he would accept a trade to
According to Bob McKenzie on TSN, Colton Orr signs a 4-year deal with Toronto, $4 million deal in total.
Update 1:16pm: TSN link.
Update 1:23pm: From Tim Wharnsby at the Globe & Mail—
A 27-year-old native of Winnipeg, Orr fought 18 times with the New York Rangers last season. Toronto general manager Brian Burke has made it crystal clear that he wanted to upgrade the Maple Leafs in the toughness department.
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.
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