General manager Brian Burke has limited options to bolster the Toronto Maple Leafs’ center position.
Much like goaltending, which is another priority this off-season, the market is bare. If Burke wishes to ensure better odds for a playoff berth next season, the goaltending and center positions will have to be addressed.
How exactly that can be accomplished remains to be seen.
This year’s unrestricted free agency crop lacks depth across the board, but particularly so at center, with Olli Jokinen being the top among the list.
So, who’s available in the trade market? Well, none other than the oft-rumoured Jordan Staal, of course.
The Flyers are considered to be buyers in the coming weeks as the trade deadline rolls near.
Players like Nashville’s Ryan Suter and Shea Weber as well as Toronto’s Luke Schenn have been mentioned in numerous possible trade situations and rumors. But in the end, will it all matter for the Flyers?
Before this turns into a column writing off the Flyers, take a step back and look at the situation the team is in. They are currently eight points behind the Rangers for the Atlantic Division lead while resting with the fourth seed.
But on the other side of the Flyers, they are only eight points ahead of the ninth place Capitals. The Flyers could very easily be in the bottom half of the playoff tree when April rolls around and their possible match ups could spell doom.
Adam Foote might be the only NHL defenseman more despised by Wings faithful than Chris Pronger over the past 15 seasons. That's a big might. Pronger is strong, mean and skilled; he's a player you hate for your squad to play against but would love to have him on your team. Whether it was with St. Louis, Edmonton or Anaheim, Pronger gave the Wings trouble in the postseason with crunching hits and booming point shots. His battles with Tomas Holmstrom were epic and memorable.
Unfortunately the concussion epidemic sweeping the league also struck Pronger who is shut down for the remainder of the season with post-concussion syndrome. It's a detriment to the league when any play...
In their first preseason contest of the year, the Philadelphia Flyers got off on the right skate with a 4-0 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. It would be some newcomers and youngsters that led the way, along with a stellar game from goalie Sergei Bobrovsky.
After a first period that saw the two teams both play tentative hockey, the second period was a much different story. It would be an unlikely source that would be the first to put a number on the scoreboard. Tough guy Zac Rinaldo finally solved the puzzle of Toronto goalie James Reimer with 13:35 remaining in the second period. He took a centering pass from Matt Read and went in on Reimer using an incredible diving shot to be...
Despite the period known universally as "free agent frenzy," passing weeks ago, there was still some unfinished free agent business left. As training camps approached around the league several high-profile RFA's remained unsigned and dangerously close to "holding out." No one benefits from holding out. The player can damage his reputation among his peers, clubs are usually left without one (or more) of their better players, and fans are left bewildered at all parties. In a perfect world all RFA's would be signed ahead of camp. This week several of them did reach new accords while a couple still remain unsigned. Let's take a look.
Charles Wang has always had a very strict rule that he has enforced since the day he bought the New York Islanders; if any player that was considered property of the organization were to not have a new contract before the start of training camp, they would be forced to miss the entire season.
It's a rule that I have always approved of since it clearly sets the tone that this is Wang's team and he won't be jerked around by players who wish to play the waiting game for more money. He's also shown that he isn't shy about using it either.
Most Islanders fans remember the year that Sean Bergenheim spent playing hockey in Sweden since he refused to accept the con...
Recently, James van Riemsdyk of the Philadelphia Flyers signed a 6-year contract extension worth an average of $4.25M.The huge problem with this extension is that it completely defeats the purpose of Restricted Free Agency. In 2004 the NHL had a lockout because of skyrocketing costs of player salaries. A 24% rollback in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement seemed to remedy this issue, along with caps on individual contracts and finally, new rules for UFA and RFA status.
First, this contract needs to be analyzed and picked apart to show why it's a problem. To do so, a "debate" will be held to show why JvR never deserved it. This "debate" will be shown by li...
For some reason, there is always a player on the Toronto Maple Leafs that suddenly becomes my guy. The player that I find myself defending to the fan base. I don't necessarily like the player, or think that the player is good, but somehow I always find myself pleading his case. The evolution of my guys has gone as follows: Todd Warriner to Aki Berg to Robert Reichel to Nik Antropov to Brian McCabe to Nik Antropov (again) and finally to Mike Komisarek. For the past two seasons, Komisarek has been the bane to Leafs fans existence. Every time he is on the ice many supporters cringe and expect the worst. Watching Komisarek for a season and a half (he missed half of 09-10 with a sho...
The hockey yearbooks have hit the stands and prognosticators everywhere are making their predictions for the upcoming season. It's also the time when the fans of all teams assume this is the season that their team will take that next step.
Fans on Twitter and around the Internet are vehement that this season the playoff drought will end for the Toronto Maple Leafs. I personally agree. Although, I do not agree with the fans that say the Leafs will make the Eastern Conference Final; it kind of proves the "plan the parade" argument.
For this article though, I'd like to look at the opposite end of the spectrum and speculate how everything can go off the ra...
Both the mornings and evenings have begun to get cooler, and with that slight change in tempearture, hockey seems to be getting closer and closer to returning. The back half of August is upon us, and maybe the Toronto Maple Leafs’ most important player for both this and future seasons remains unsigned.
Luke Schenn has developed into a cornerstone member of the Leafs. He is valuable on the ice, having led the league in hits by a defenceman last season with 251. As well as off the ice, being the longest serving Leaf (along with Kulemin and Grabovski) a strong character like Schenn’s is necessary in one of the youngest dressing rooms ...