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Toronto Maple Leafs: Will Brian Burke Finally Acquire a No. 1 Goalie?

May 8th, 2012
If you weren't convinced before the Stanley Cup Playoffs began, I'm sure you know now that the goalie position can be the single-most influential position in the NHL.The likes of Jonathan Quick, Mike Smith and Henrik Lundqvist have been solid for their respective teams all year.Granted, goalies are only one ...

Toronto Maple Leafs: 10 Changes They Need to Make to Reach Postseason

March 13th, 2012
If the Toronto Maple Leafs plan on grasping what vestiges remain of their faint playoff hopes, they will have to get back to the basics and pay close attention to certain details.Since head coach Randy Carlyle took over behind the bench, Toronto has undergone some significant changes. The ...

Toronto Maple Leafs: Why Is Nazem Kadri in the AHL?

March 10th, 2012
The slumping Toronto Maple Leafs fell 1-0 to the visiting Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night, in a game that prospect Nazem Kadri may have been able to salvage.Kadri, who currently plays for the Leafs' AHL affiliate Toronto Marlies, was drafted seventh overall in the first round of the 2009 NHL ...

Toronto Maple Leafs: Why GM Brian Burke Should Avoid Free Agency

March 9th, 2012
The NHL free-agent waters open July 1, but if history is any indication, perhaps Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brain Burke should avoid taking the plunge.Since his club's free fall began one month ago, Burke has been taking a lot of heat from the media and fans. Some argue that his ...

Leafs GM Burke Hangs Up During Radio Interview: Is He Feeling the Heat?

March 6th, 2012
Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke, who is already on thin ice with Toronto media, made matters worse on Tuesday by hanging up during a radio interview.An interview with host John Moore of Toronto's News Talk 1010 started off innocent enough, but quickly turned hostile as Burke took issue with ...

Leafs Re-Sign Center Mikhail Grabovski: Did GM Burke Make a Mistake?

March 6th, 2012
The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Tuesday morning that GM Brian Burke has re-signed center Mikhail Grabovski to a five-year, $27.5 million contract extension."We are extremely pleased to have Mikhail under contract for the next five seasons," said Burke in a team statement. "His speed and skill are valuable commodities ...

Toronto Maple Leafs: 10 People Most Responsible for the Leafs’ Struggles

March 5th, 2012
Randy Carlyle may have gotten a win in his debut as bench boss for the Toronto Maple Leafs, but realistically his new team is in dire straits and there is no shortage of people at fault.Coaches, players and management deserve to share the blame for Toronto's misfortunes this season. Even ...

NHL Trade Ideas: 10 Offseason Deals That Make Sense for the Toronto Maple Leafs

April 7th, 2011
Brian Burke is no stranger to the world of trading in the NHL. He has pulled the trigger on numerous big-time deals during his career and seems poised to continue that trend in the offseason.Given the recent success that the Maple Leafs have enjoyed over the past few months, a ...

Toronto Maple Leafs 2011: Brian Burke’s Offseason Game Plan

April 4th, 2011
Regardless of whether or not the Maple Leafs make the playoffs this season, fans can't help but be excited for the future.With this in mind it's worth taking a quick glance at some possible offseason challenges that management is soon to face.Brian Burke has already answered a few questions by ...

NHL Free Agent Rumors: Expensive Restricted Free Agents That Could Move

March 15th, 2011
As the NHL season is nearing the playoffs, fans are getting a good look at many players in top form, players who may become available in the offseason. We all know the big names that will be available come July 1 when the free agent waters open up, but what ...