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A Maple Leafs general manager probably hasn’t acted with this much bully power since Conn Smythe was running the franchise years ago.

-Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding at USA TODAY.  More on Burke and the Kessel deal.

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Dubinsky Signs

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via Steve Zipay’s Twitter,

Brandon Dubinsky signs two-year deal with Rangers.

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Boston Gives Up Kessel

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The Boston Bruins were unable to sign restricted free agent Phil Kessel because they had left no salary cap room for the young star.  The Bruins have traded him to the Toronto Maple Leafs for first round draft picks in 2010 and 2011 and a 2010 second round pick.  This is most likely a good trade for the Maple Leafs.  They get a proven young star and give up nothing immediately. 

Boston is a good team now.  They finished first in the East Conference last season.  Their best window to win the Stanley Cup is right now.  They need to strike now while Tim Thomas, Zdeno Chara and Marc Savard are in their primes.  They won’t have this window open when these draft picks become NHL players (if they ever do).

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Now What Does Nashville Do?

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from Dirk Hoag of On the Forecheck,

The good news for Predators fans is that GM David Poile was prepared to add a multi-million dollar salary to his roster, without sending a current player back in trade. While that budget might have had a little extra allowance considering that an elite, 21-year-old goal-scorer was on the market, this is a sign that Poile is indeed in a buying mood.

So what do the Preds need, and what’s available? Obviously a goal-scoring winger would be nice, but depth on defense is also a concern. As much as the organization touts the development of Alexander Sulzer, Cody Franson, and Teemu Laakso, it boggles the mind to think that the Preds seriously plan on relying on three rookies in the 5-6-7 spots on the defensive depth chart.

Combine that with the tremendous turnover in penalty killing personnel, and I’ll toss a name out there that I’d like to see the Predators sign - not at all a replacement for Kessel, but a guy who can bolster the 3rd pairing on D and soak up the PK minutes so that Hamhuis, Suter and Weber don’t have to.

His name? Greg de Vries.

read on

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Phaneuf Needs To Fight His Own Battles

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from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,

He’s a hitter. He’s a hunter. And physical presence remains an integral part of the game.

What is troublesome, though, and what has become a disturbing trend, is the big No. 3 stepping back, surveying the carnage he has wrought and letting someone else—the willing, but unfortunate Mark Giordano in this case—wade in to clean up the mess. To often unpleasant results.

As if he’s somehow above it all.


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Comrie Impresses Oilers Fans

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from Dan Barnes of the Edmonton Journal,

But as he warmed up his offensive act, they warmed up to him. When he thanked them in a second-intermission interview shown on the video scoreboard, the support was loud and unanimous. When he fought, they chanted his name. And when the 4-0 drubbing of a watered-down Panthers roster was over, and Comrie had drawn the first star for his four assists, they cheered again.

He saluted them and the love-in was an officially registered happening.

“That was pretty emotional out there,” Comrie said afterwards. “I’ve said since I signed I was going to try to earn their respect back. For them to chant my name, I’d be lying if I didn’t say it felt unbelievable. I just felt rejuvenated. I felt excited.”


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The Difference Between A Jersey And A Sweater

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from Don Barrie at the Peterborough Examiner,

The Petes unveiled their new hockey sweaters last Thursday. The new design and material are part of a move the OHL and the CHA are taking to tap into the endorsement money for sweater exclusivity as their NHL counterparts.

Unfortunately many of the reports and the Petes’ actual press release referred to the new hockey apparel as a jersey, not the sweater that it is.

Here in Canada there are three accepted definitions for “jersey” according to my Funk and Wagnall Dictionary.

Jersey is a breed of a top milk-producing cow that looks like a Guernsey cow but for the black tip on her tail; it’s a type of wool and “a tightly fitting elastic jacket for women.”

There are also two geographic “Jerseys;” an island in the English Channel where the above mention cow hails from and a state in the U. S. , whose only purpose many claim is to hold up one end of the bridges and tunnels going into Manhattan.


Don Barrie is a retired schoolteacher, former scout for the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres and a member of the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame and the Peterborough and District Sports Hall of Fame.

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Chimera Incident Last Night

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from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,

Chimera’s situation is the most troubling, obviously. As of this writing—it’s about 12:15 a.m.—the only update was that Chimera was not flying back to Columbus with the Blue Jackets tonight. It’s unclear if he’s going to spend the rest of the night in the hospital, but that’s probably a safe assumption….

Modin was the first to arrive at Chimera’s side, hovering over him and speaking to him. Within moments of the hit, center Sammy Pahlsson began waving into the tunnel for paramedics to come onto the ice.

Here’s what Modin had to say. It’s pretty emotional.

“I didn’t see the hit,” Modin said. “I just saw Chimmer lying on his back, with blood coming out of his head. I wanted to talk to him, to let him know somebody was there with him … to let him know we were all there for him.

“It was very scary to see, because his eyes were rolling and his head was twitching, and it was pretty clear that something wasn’t right.”


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Kessel Trade Has Risks

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from Damian Cox of the Toronto Star,

The Kessel trade, of course, fits with Burke’s make-a-big-splash-early history. He moved heaven and earth to land Chris Pronger for Hartford. He bagged the Sedin twins for Vancouver. Now he’s arm-twisted the unwilling Bruins into trading Kessel.

Of course there is risk for the Leafs, but arguably greater risk for Boston, which acquired Kessel through the draft just three years ago as a franchise-type player and may be unable to turn their newly acquired first-round picks into NHL talent.

The Leafs haven’t lost anything tangible yet. The Bruins have.


from Elliotte Friedman of CBC Sports,

The Bruins, understanding his strengths and weaknesses, protected him. He instantly becomes the most skilled player on the roster, but the highest-paid one too. In Toronto, that comes with a target.

I’m not convinced that the enormously shy Kessel will be comfortable in the spotlight. A white-hot hockey market is not the best fit for him.

Will he discover the work ethic necessary to become a truly great player? And, can the Leafs find a centre who was as good for him as Marc Savard?


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Modine Hurts Knee In Game Tonight

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via the Twitter of Aaron Portzline,

Fredrik Modin suffers right knee injury. “Looks like weeks, not days,” coach Ken Hitchcock said.

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