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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

• Another reason why I worry about hockey in the U.S.: The most-watched game this year of American television has been the NHL all-star game.

• How bad will it look for the Leafs if they’re out of the playoffs and Winnipeg and Ottawa happen to be in?

• The best reason Brian Burke needs to trade now: You don’t want him active in NHL free agency come July. So far, Burke’s batting average is below the Mendoza Line when it comes to success with the Leafs in free agency. In fact, in his time here he has committed just under $60 million dollars in contracts to Mike Komisarek, Colby Armstrong, Tim Connolly, Francois Beauchemin, Colton Orr, Mike Brown and Clarke MacArthur. Only MacArthur, a late signing not done by Burke in 2010, has brought real value to the Leafs. And it’s not just the money here — it’s the belief that Komisarek and Armstrong, both given A’s on their jersey, would be difference makers in Toronto. Burke did manage to do what he does best — and that’s trade — when he shipped Beauchemin to Anaheim in a steal of a deal for Joffrey Lupul and Jake Gardiner, with both players exceeding Leafs expectations. Burke is fortunate to work for a hockey club that doesn’t fret over every penny misspent or he would be answering for all those wasted dollars.

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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