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Don’t Do It Leafs

from Perry Lefko at Sportsnet,

As a leader in the dressing room and on the ice, Peca is an impact player.
As a player with a storied career, he certainly qualifies.
As a premier faceoff guy, he’s among the best.
But he’s also a guy coming off a serious knee injury, the second of his career. It usually takes an athlete at least a year and quite likely two to fully recover from a major knee operation. Even though athletes are in prime condition, there are fast-twitch muscles that need to mentally learn to fire at the same pace and frequency after an operation as before.

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Peca Still Waiting

from the CP via TSN,

“I’m going to help somebody next year, wherever it’s going to be,’’ Peca said Wednesday during the NHL Players’ Association annual charity golf tournament.
One of those options remains the Toronto Maple Leafs, for whom he played 35 games last season before his season was cut short by a serious leg injury.
‘‘Right from the end of the season it’s been `We want you back, we’d like to re-sign you,’‘’ the 33-year-old centre said of his communication with the Leafs. ‘‘But they’ve had some cap issues that they’re trying to resolve. And that’s basically where it’s at.
‘‘I know (Leafs GM) John (Ferguson) had contacted (Peca’s agent) Don Meehan about a week and a half ago just reiterating the same thing.’‘

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Peca Wants To Make A Decision Soon

from the Toronto Star,

If the Maple Leafs want to retain the services of forward Michael Peca, their window of opportunity is beginning to close.
Contacted at his Buffalo-area home, Peca said the Leafs were in touch with his representatives about a week ago, claiming they still have interest in bringing him back.
“I would like to have something done in the next five days to a week,” Peca said. “I’ve got to consider living arrangements, school arrangements for the kids, things like that.”

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Sinden Another Senior Consultant Option

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

It’s not clear whether the Maple Leafs will ever get around to hiring somebody to fill the role of “senior consultant” to the club’s hockey department.
But they’re sure kicking the tires of a veritable Who’s Who of the sport.
In fact, you can now add long-time Boston Bruins executive Harry Sinden to the list of possible candidates for the job that officially doesn’t yet exist….
So far, it’s believed the contact between the Leafs and Sinden has been limited to so-called “backchannel” discussions, which likely means friends of Sinden’s are talking to people with influence at the Leaf board of directors, which in the bizarre Leaf world could mean anyone from Larry Tanenbaum to Tie Domi. Sinden’s assistant with Team Canada ‘72 was, of course, John Ferguson Sr., whose son is now GM of the Leafs.

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Leafs Sign Another Goalie

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Scott Clemmensen may not have been able to help the Maple Leafs into the playoffs last season, but he’ll get a chance to help them more directly now.
According to Star sources, the former New Jersey Devils goaltender has signed a two-way contract with the Leafs and is expected to be the club’s No. 3 goaltender this season, working with the AHL Toronto Marlies alongside youngster Justin Pogge.

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added 5:54pm, via the Toronto Maple Leafs,

John Ferguson, vice-president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Friday that the club has signed goaltender Scott Clemmensen to a one-year contract.
“Scott is an experienced professional goaltender, who will provide depth in the organization at that position,” said Ferguson.

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All About Politics, Not Hockey

from the Spi, the blog of Damien Cox at the Toronto Star,

This is about Leaf politics, pure and simple. This is Richard Peddie and his political allies giving in to the demands of Larry Tanenbaum and his allies, but not totally.
Tanenbaum and Co. want John Ferguson out. Peddie, the epitome of a corporate politician, doesn’t, but understands a little compromise will buy him - and JFJ - some time.
So you pretend, through the addition of a Muckler or someone like him, to be improving the team’s hockey office, when in reality what’s going on is jostling for positions of strength at the MLSE board of directors level.
Make it about hockey if you want. But that’s not what this is. Not even for a second.

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JFJ Ride Hinges On Toskala

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

If Vesa Toskala turns out to be the same type of steal from the San Jose Sharks that Miikka Kiprusoff was for the Calgary Flames, JFJ will have cemented himself atop the Maple Leaf hockey pyramid for a long time.
If he’s horribly wrong, well, there will be no Ferguson defenders left.
Yep, goaltending is back to meaning that much again in the NHL after a year in which the Bettman administration flirted with entertaining the fans with offence. These people don’t understand that when the game has goals and excitement there’s a lot less complaining about schedules, head shots and attendance, but maybe they like life on the griddle better.

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Leafs & Muckler Will Talk - Poile Possible Too

from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

A source confirmed yesterday that the 73-year-old Muckler is interested in the new senior adviser position that team owner Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment wants to fill this summer to give Ferguson assistance in rebuilding the struggling National Hockey League franchise into a playoff team.
Muckler will stop by for an interview session with MLSE president Richard Peddie and possibly MLSE chairman Larry Tanenbaum in the next two or three days.
There have been rumblings the Leafs also have interest in talking to Nashville Predators general manager David Poile. The 57-year-old Poile is under contract to the Predators until June of 2009 and it is unknown whether the Leafs have received permission to talk to Poile.

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added 7/5/07, Jim Kelley of Sportsnet reporting Poile not interested in the job.

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Toskala Extended By Leafs

via TSN,

The Toronto Maple Leafs and netminder Vesa Toskala have agreed to a two-year, $8 million contract extension.

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Peca Can’t Be Held Hostage

Michael Peca is on Fan590 in Toronto (Hockey Central Show) and said he can’t be held hostage by the Leafs.  It is in their court to sign him but Peca would love to play with a very good friend of his, Jason Blake.

added 12:34pm, Peca feels disappointed the Leafs haven’t shown much interest in him as of today.  Can’t really pinpoint what the problem is.
added 12:36pm, Hasn’t heard from the Sabres, but Buffalo is a great city and still a good team.
added 12:42pm, (from Alanah)  Darren Dreger on ‘Leafs Lunch’ basically said that signing Peca is a cap problem (obviously) and Toronto wouldn’t consider it for over $1.5mil

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