Posts from February 2011

Toronto Maple Leafs 2010-11: Week 21

Published on Monday, February 28, 2011 — View Comments

TORONTO, CANADA - FEBRUARY 26: Darryl Boyce #4...

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Call out the instigators… because there’s something in the air… – Thunderclap Newman

There is something in the air for Leaf fans. It’s optimism. A team that saw it’s 4-0-0 start disintegrate and their team fall in the standings, now comes off a week where the Leafs were 2-0-1, pulling the team up a couple notches in the standings and to within 8 of the 8th playoff spot. This comes even though Brian Burke has traded Beauchemin, Versteeg and Kaberle from the active roster.


Toronto Maple Leafs 2010-11: Week 20

Published on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 — View Comments

BOSTON - DECEMBER 05:  Phil Kessel #81 of the ...

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The week begins quietly enough for the Leafs, coming off a bad beat in Montreal.

Brian Burke pulled the trigger on sending Kris Versteeg to the Flyers, and then acquired Aaron Voros. See here for my article about those deals:

And so the Leafs head off to Boston for the 2nd game of 4 straight against Northeast opponents. A date with Bruins at TD Banknorth Garden has been almost a guaranteed loss for the Leafs the last few years. The game began with both teams playing fairly well, the Bruins getting more chances, taking the shot lead, and scoring first as Dan Paille beat James Reimer. But, Zdeno Chara took a boarding penalty when he crunched Grabovski into the end glass, and Phil Kessel got off the schnide by tipping one past Tim Thomas. Joffrey Lupul picked up his first Leaf point on the play. In the second, Grabovski waited out Thomas as he fell across the net, then Mikhail lofted it into the open net for a lead. Grabovski later took a high-stick penalty, and Greg Campbell evened things up. It didn’t look good as Patrice Bergeron put the Bruins up 3-2 with 10 minutes remaining, but Kessel turned a seeming broken play on a powerplay into a goal sliding it under Thomas. Minutes later, Chara rocked Grabovski again, and this time Mikhail stumbled around dazed for a second. But, he returned and amazingly broke through 2 defenders and lifted one over Thomas’ shoulder for the 4-3 win.


Brian Burke Dealing Ahead of Trade Deadline

Published on Tuesday, February 15, 2011 — View Comments

TORONTO - NOVEMBER 29:   MLSE President and CE...

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In the space of a week, Brian Burke has set about remodeling his team again, trying to straddle the line between buyer and seller. His stated goal will be to divest himself of players to contending teams, maintain and even bolster his stockpile of draft picks and prospects, while at the same time strengthening his own team in the hopes they can still climb into a playoff spot. Even the most optimistic Leaf fan would think that is a tall order indeed.


Toronto Maple Leafs 2010-11: Week 19

Published on Monday, February 14, 2011 — View Comments

Brian Burke, the current General Manager and P...

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Why, tell me why, did you not treat me right?
Love has a nasty habit of disappearing overnight – The Beatles

The February Blahs are here, and as sometimes happens with a struggling team, stories emerge that deal less with what happens on the ice and more with drama.


Toronto Maple Leafs 2010-11: Week 18

Published on Sunday, February 6, 2011 — View Comments

Phil Kessel

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You used to call me paranoid… Pressure
But even you can not avoid… Pressure – Billy Joel

Selected last in the All Star Fantasy Draft, Phil Kessel told James Duthie he wasn’t bothered by it. TSN donated $20Gs in Phil’s name, and gave him a new Honda, so maybe it was all good. Maybe, but you’d be hard pressed to tell.

In Saturday’s Skills Competition, Kessel was unremarkable. In Sunday’s All Star Game, just as unremarkable, taking 3 shots, going +1 and registering no points in an 11-10 win.