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Simmons on the Franson trade, Burmistrov and Price for Hart

Amongst the Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons' Sunday hockey and/or sports-related notes, which mostly involve the Toronto Maple Leafs:

If you break down the Cody Franson-Mike Santorelli trade, it’s basically Franson for a late first-round pick and Santorelli for the prospect Brendan Leipsic. The Leafs had a very extensive book on Leipsic, partly because personnel man Mark Hunter had his London Knights play against him in the Memorial Cup. Leipsic is known for three things: 1) being small; 2) being ultra-competitive; 3) having ridiculous ‘he could stickhandle in a phone booth’ hands...

Coaches that interest the Leafs: Still working division: Mike Babcock, Todd McLellan; Ken Hitchcock; Dave Tippett; Out of work division: Peter DeBoer. Seemingly no interest: Dan Bylsma...

The Leafs also have some interest in Alexander Burmistrov, the troubled high draft pick playing in the KHL, whose rights are owned by Winnipeg...

I'm intrigued by Burmistrov myself--he's 23 and liberally-listed at 6' and 179 pounds, and he hasn't exactly lit it up during two seasons with the Ak Bars Kazan, but he's still fleet-footed as all hell get out, and he could be somebody's next-year reclamation project.

Peter Horachek is the 38th coach of the Leafs. He has the worst won-loss record of any coach who has worked more than two games...

The most recent goalie to win the Hart Trophy was Jose Theodore in 2002 (and that was a poor choice. Jarome Iginla should have won). But the next goalie to win might well be Carey Price, which would mean three different Montreal goaltenders would have won the Hart. What’s even more rare than a goalie winning the MVP is a defensive player doing so. Only once since Bobby Orr took the Hart three years in a row has any defenceman won and that was Chris Pronger in 2000. Before Orr, you have to go back to Eddie Shore, who won the Hart in 1938.

Simmons continues...

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Alan's avatar

Burmistrov was a good kid in Atlanta, who didn’t want to play in Winnipeg to begin with. That’s just how it is. To add to that, if he wasn’t in Noel’s dog house, he was a healthy scratch. That’s no way to develop a young player. He did what he felt was best for him at the time, and that was go home.

It’ll be interesting to see whether he comes back to North America after his contract in Kazan is up (if I recall correctly, his contract was for two seasons).

The fans here in Atlanta were truly excited to see him selected by the Thrashers, and throughout his first season here, he grew as a player. I still remember the game against the Wings, him saying he wanted to meet Datsyuk. He was excited at the possibility of training with him and Grabovski in the offseason.

The kid had a bright future, but a confidence that was snuffed out by a coach who couldn’t (or refused to) develop him.

Winnipeg may yet hold his rights, but I don’t see him returning unless his rights are traded.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 02/22/15 at 04:15 AM ET

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