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    by Published on 06-28-2011 10:11  Number of Views: 906 
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    As July first approaches Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke will be collaborating with his staff to put together a shopping list for free agents to sign this summer. There are a few holes to be filled as Leafs need to identify first and fourth line centers, and two wingers.

    Currently and assuming RFA's are signed and no other trades are made the Leafs depth chart looks something like this:

    Lupul vacant Kessel
    MacArthur Grabovski Kulemin
    vacant Bozak Armstrong
    Brown vacant vacant
    by Published on 06-24-2011 08:40  Number of Views: 510 

    At the NHL Draft today when the Winnipeg GM Claude Noel will step to the podium and announce more than the seventh overall pick. Noel will announce the new team name. No doubt the player they choose with the seventh pick will have the honor of unavailing the new team logo as he becomes the first player to don their new jersey.

    That may not be the only splash Winnipeg makes at tonight's draft! A credible sources that indicated Philadelphia may be shopping Mike Richards and Jeff Carter and that they would be targeting star UFA goalie Ilya Bryzgalov is also suggesting the team is seeking a star young defender, and that that player is Zach Bogosian.

    by Published on 06-19-2011 13:45  Number of Views: 785 
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    Toronto Maple Leaf GM Brian Burke has been clear about this summers mandate. Acquire a number one center. Plenty of names have been rumored as targets from Jeff Carter, Stephen Weiss, Paul Stastny and to the most popular Brad Richards. Richards is a UFA and would be the perfect fit. However, because he is a free agent he has to choose to sign with the Leafs and the common belief is that he has no desire to play in Toronto. That leaves Burke looking to trade. Philadelphia Flyers traded for the negotiation rights of goalie Ilya Bryzgalov which has sparked Carter trade talks to clear the required cap space. Carter is a star player and a worthy number one center but not a very good fit on the Leafs. The player Burke would rather acquire to fill his needs is Richards, Mike Richards that is. ...
    by Published on 06-19-2011 13:26  Number of Views: 928 
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    The Vancouver Canucks 2010-2011 season was a success. Winning the Presidents Trophy as the top team in the regular season and going to game seven in the Stanley Cup finals only to lose on home ice to the Boston Bruins. So why does such a successful season feel like such a failure? How will GM Mike Gillis react? What is the next move for the Canucks?

    Looking ahead to the off-season and players with expiring contracts, Gillis has several key players to deal with. Three left-wingers will be UFA's: Chris Higgins, Raffi Torres and Jeff Tambellini. Key defensemen that will also be UFA's are Kevin Bieksa, Sami Salo, Christian Ehnhoff, and Andrew Alberts.

    The hot topic since loosing game seven has been goaltending. Have the Canucks lost faith in franchise goalie Roberto Luongo? If they have, can they move his 11 year contract? If Luongo stays what happens to Cory Schneider? Schneider has proven himself to be worthy of a NHL starting role.
    by Published on 06-07-2011 11:51  Number of Views: 582 

    The Vancouver Canucks are representing Canada in the Stanley Cup finals. They are the first team to make it to the finals since the Ottawa Senators lost to the Anaheim Ducks in 2007 and the last Canadian team to win it all was Montreal Canadians in 1993. Given how the Canucks have presented themselves is Canada proud? Are the Vancouver Canucks Canada's team, or Canada's shame?

    One of the biggest story lines paralleling this series is Alex Burrows bite on Patrice Bergeron. Burrows took a bite on the finger of Bergeron in a post play scrum after Bergeron gave a little face wash to Burrows. The incident was surprisingly not suspended because it was ruled inconclusive. It was inconclusive because Burrows used his free hand to cover his mouth. This act may have allowed him to escape a disciplinary suspension but for some, it showed Burrows true colors. He may have bit in the heat of the moment. Perhaps it was a spontaneous reaction. But the act of concealing the bite shows he knew what he was doing, had time to think about it and recognize it was very wrong. Did it any way and successfully concealed the action.


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