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Some Trade Predictions?

So some buddies and I were talking in gym class, and I heard my one friend, Cam, mention something that I really never would have thought of... Toronto resigning Tomas Kaberle, and trading for Travis Zajac... I can actually see the deal happening, I mean it's EXACTLY what both teams are looking for. Toronto... wants a 1st line center-man, Travis Zajac is undoubtedly a 1st line center-man. New Jersey... wants a top defenseman, Tomas Kaberle is going to put up about 50 point season, which he does consistently. Definitely a top defenseman. New Jersey sits at the very bottom. Bottom of their division, bottom of their conference, bottom of the entire league. They have a record of 13...

Reviewing Burke's Moves - #1

Hey guys, i'm going to be writing about Burke's moves up to the deadline, reviewing them in-depth. Hopefully there's lots to write about! _________________________________________________________________________ Earlier this week, Brian Burke made a deal with the Dallas Stars to move them prospect Mikhail Stefanovich for Fabian Brunnstrom. I haven't seen much talk about this yet, so here goes. Fabian Brunnstrom; the potential offensive stud that was the third player in NHL history to record a hat-trick his first game? Or the player that is oh-so often rushed into the NHL by a team, and has their developement ruined? Well, lets go back to the start of his career. Brunnstrom...

Who's Worth What?

With the trade deadline just around the corner, I decided to take a look at what certain Leafs would be worth at the deadline. Now I didn't cover all of the players because some of them will obviously not be dealt at the deadline (i.e. Kessel, Schenn, Phaneuf, etc.) and then there's the other group that is worth pretty much nothing or less, yes less (i.e. Lebda, Orr, etc.) Now before you bash this blog, calling me crazy, understand that I'm not saying that this is what these Leafs will be traded for or that all of these Leafs will be traded. I didn't pull this stuff out of a hat, I actually went back to look at deadline deals over the last couple of years to take a look at some of t...

Leafs Surge on the road; and where might Kaberle end up?

As the Leafs bring their record to 4-1 in the last five, after 3-2 and 4-2 victories over the L.A Kings and San Jose Sharks Monday and Tuesday respectively, things seem to be looking up for the team in the short term. There are two main places where the Leafs have struggled this season; offense, and road wins. After last nights win, the Leafs have gathered 4 wins in their last 4, 3 of which were road games. During this stint, the offense has been surging, scoring 22 goals, allowing only 14. The recent surge in the win column, and also in scoring, has put some of the Leafs trade chips at a lot higher value than expected earlier in the season. The one who again seems to be gathering the mo...

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

The first one was good, especially in its era, but times have changed. The previews for the second one looked good, but in the end it was a total flop. Now there's talk of doing a complete reboot, but the powers that be haven't officially given the project the green light. No this isn't a Hollywood blockbuster, but if it was, I'm sure Leaf fans feel like this film is being directed by M. Night Shyamalan even though they were expecting Martin Scorsese. I'm sure you guys know what I'm referring to, so let's break down the three guys I'm talking about: Jean-Sebastien Giguere SeasonGames StartedWinsLossesOT LossesGoals Against AverageSave Percentage09-10156722.49.91610-1117...

Iron and Blood and Waffles

The Conflict is viewed too tragically, and presented too tragically in the press; Waffle Nation does not seek war. If the crisis can be ended with honor, Waffle Nation will gladly cheer. The great recent play of the Leafs on the road makes it difficult to throw waffles at MLSE. At home, it is otherwise; there, teamwork is lacking. The Waffle Nation crisis, however, is no shame, but rather an honor. We are perhaps too educated to put up with a constitution - we are too critical. Public opinion wavers; the press is not public opinion; we know how that arises. There are too many Leafs fans who have revolution at heart. The members of Waffle Nation, however, have the task of standing over p...

Toronto Maple Leafs @ Los Angeles Kings

Well, was just about to start some homework... damn homework. But I thought i'd just get your predictions on tonights game between the Leafs and Kings? The Leafs are coming off two road wins, and with Colby Armstrong to stay in the lineup, they have nothing but good things going for them. Young goaltending prospect, James Reimer, could be getting the start due to his recent play, but Gustavsson will more than likely be minding the net. With all the momentum they've gained from being 3-1 in their last 4, the Leafs have a great chance of carrying that over and coming away with another win tonight. Let me know what you guys think! Daniel.

Defensive future a bright spot for Leafs?

Hey guys, I'm brand new here, this is my first entry. Comment on the topic, and tell me what you think of how it's written as well. Not too interesting of a topic I know, but like I said, it's my first... so I chose something I know a fair amount about. _________________________________________________________________ The Leafs obviously have a tremendous amount of work to be done up front. With the top-six consisting of Nikolai Kulemin, Phil Kessel, Tyler Bozak, Kris Versteeg, Mikhail Grabovski, and either Clarke McCarthur of Colby Armstrong. Although most of the players are second-line plugs - save for Kessel and potentially Kulemin - could the Maple Leafs d...

The Expendables

As I sit here enjoying a cool, crisp, glacier fresh beer after a 9-3 Maple Leafs victory, the February 28 Trade Deadline enters my mind as I ponder how Brian Burke will fast-track Toronto to the playoffs. He has once again cemented his stance to acquire players that will help the team immediately, rather than the future. His reluctance to stockpile draft picks might be concerning, but just how far are the Leafs from post-season berth? Well, any critic can point to numerous issues that have plagued the team’s chances, most notably the special teams, but the most pressing need has to be a first-line center to feed Phil Kessel the puck (not to mention add some size to the top-six unit). ...

The Grabovski Dilemma

To say that Mikhail Grabovski has been a bright spot for the Leafs this season would be a huge understatement. You could easily argue that he's been the Leafs' best player this season and his stats definitely support that case. This isn't just a case of the player being in the right place at the right time to pick up garbage goals. I've seen Grabovski create plays out of virtually nothing this season and he's shown a level of finesse that I don't think anyone ever expected to see from him. If you didn't get a chance to see Grabovski's wicked shootout goal from last night, I've posted it at the end of this blog so you can check it out. Admittedly, I have never been a fan of Mikha...