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Old 04-13-2009, 10:35 AM   #781 (permalink)
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You should be nervous.
Boston is in tough Acie.... and i'm basing that on history alone.

I know Boston's been on fire this year, but that means nothing now.

Start sweating, homes!
Well, based on recent history, the Bruins snuck into the playoffs last year and almost upset the Canadiens with a far inferior team. This year going into the playoffs with a fully healthy Chara and a much deeper team I think they should be fine. *crosses fingers*
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Old 04-13-2009, 10:41 AM   #782 (permalink)
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For MTL. to have any chance, Kovalev needs to show up. If not, we're dead in the water.

First offseason priority for Montreal? Find a guy who can pot goals consistently and try to make an honest attempt at LeCavalier.
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Old 04-13-2009, 10:37 PM   #783 (permalink)
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What happened to Matt Gilroy? I think he's still playing in a NCAA tourney right? Hope he signs with the Leafs, they pick up Brayden Scheen with the 7th pick this draft and it's a sick foundation for the Leafs
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What happened to Matt Gilroy? I think he's still playing in a NCAA tourney right? Hope he signs with the Leafs, they pick up Brayden Scheen with the 7th pick this draft and it's a sick foundation for the Leafs
the tourney is over
Boston U won in OT
Gilroy has 10-20 teams after him
I hope the Leafs get Hedman some how, you never know with Burke
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Old 04-14-2009, 03:35 PM   #785 (permalink)
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Burke already came out and said that they were going after Tavares. That's pretty bold. Chances are, if the Islanders win the lotto, it could become a reality.

Something about Boston and Montreal - that's gonna be a fun series. I'm looking forward to that..but in the end, something about Carey Price I'm not entirely sold on.

I hope Avery can get under Ovechkin's skin and throw him off his game.
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Old 04-14-2009, 04:03 PM   #786 (permalink)
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Why is it possible if Islanders win the lottery???
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Old 04-14-2009, 04:07 PM   #787 (permalink)
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Why is it possible if Islanders win the lottery???
The Ice-landers are the Clippers of the NHL. A lot of mismanagement...so they might part with the #1 if it means they can switch spots, get a prospect or two, maybe a player on the roster and get rid of a bad contract.

For instance, Kaberle, Pogge and the #7 spot for the #1 and DiPietro.
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Old 04-14-2009, 04:11 PM   #788 (permalink)
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Doesn't DiPeitro have a 11 year contract or some shit like that??? LOL
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Old 04-14-2009, 04:16 PM   #789 (permalink)
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I can't see Burke prying the #1 pick out of whoever wins it. He's not exactly popular among his fellow GM's and nobody is in a big rush to help out the Leafs.
Ballsy to come out and admit that's what he's after though. Could you imagine BC doing that?
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Old 04-14-2009, 04:21 PM   #790 (permalink)
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Doesn't DiPeitro have a 11 year contract or some shit like that??? LOL
Leafs have cap space

Mango was just givin an example of how to get a #1 pick
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Old 04-14-2009, 05:37 PM   #791 (permalink)
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BOS vs. MTL should be sikkkk

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Apr 14, 2009, 2:00 PM EDT
Closer look: Stalberg Turning Heads At Vermont | Weekly Prospect Report

Brian Burke, president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Tuesday that the hockey club has signed forward Viktor Stalberg to a two-year entry level contract. Stalberg will join the Maple Leafs’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Toronto Marlies, for the remainder of the 2008-09 season.

“Viktor was one of the best players in the NCAA this season,” said Burke. “He’s been able to perform in pressure situations and has been very consistent at both ends of the ice. We look forward to adding his size and speed to our organization.”

Stalberg, a 23-year-old native of Gothenburg, Sweden, was selected by the Maple Leafs in the sixth round, 161st overall, in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

The 6-3, 210-pound forward appeared in 39 games with the University of Vermont Catamounts this season, ranking fifth in the NCAA with 24 goals and leading Vermont in goals, assists (22), points (46), power-play goals (7), power-play points (15), shorthanded goals (2), shorthanded points (3) and shots (165).

For his efforts this season, Stalberg was named a Division 1 First-Team All-American by the American Hockey Coaches Association, a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, a Hockey East First-Team All-Star and was runner-up for Hockey East Player of the Year. He was also the Hockey East Player of the Month in January and took home two Hockey East Player of the Week awards (Nov. 24 & Jan. 19).

Other honours for Stalberg this season included: College Hockey News First-Team All-Star, Inside College Hockey Second-Team All-American, New England Division 1 All-Star and Most Improved Player in New England (Paul Hines Award).

In 117 games with Vermont over three seasons (2006 to 2009), Stalberg collected 84 points (41 goals, 43 assists) and 119 penalty minutes.
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Another signing:

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Leafs Sign Free Agent Robert Slaney
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Apr 14, 2009, 9:25 AM EDT
Weekly Maple Leafs Prospect Report

Brian Burke, president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Tuesday that the hockey club has signed free agent left winger Robert Slaney to a three-year entry level contract.

“We are excited to have Robert join the Maple Leafs organization,” said Burke. “He is a strong power forward, who has good size, and his offensive totals have continuously improved over the past four seasons of junior hockey with Cape Breton.”

Slaney, a 20-year-old native of Upper Island Cove, Newfoundland, led the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in goals (36) and points (81) this past season. He also had 78 penalty minutes. Among all QMJHL players he ranked 10th in points and 11th in goals. The 6-2, 204-pound forward has collected nine points on five goals and four assists in six playoff games.

In 239 career games with Cape Breton from 2005 to 2009, Slaney has tallied 78 goals, 90 assists and 168 points, along with 229 penalty minutes. In 2007-08 he was named the Canadian Hockey League’s academic player of the year.
keep em coming Burke
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Old 04-14-2009, 05:49 PM   #793 (permalink)
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one last article lol...from yesterday, just saw it

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Leafs remain in the mix for coveted free agents Gilroy and Gustavsson
April 13, 2009
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The hockey season may be over, but the hunting season has just begun. GM Brian Burke yesterday continued his hot pursuit of two of the sport's prized unrestricted free agents: college defenceman Matt Gilroy and Swedish goalie Jonas Gustavsson.

Gilroy told the Star last night the Leafs are on his short list and that he expected to come to a decision early this week with the help of his father, Frank.

"They're definitely there," Gilroy said in a phone interview. "I'm going to sit down with my dad (today) and see what's going on."

Gilroy said he's been overwhelmed with the events of the weekend.

Gilroy, passed over in his draft year, blossomed in college. He won the Hobey Baker award as the top player in the NCAA on Friday night. The native of Bellmore, N.Y., earned a spot on Boston University as a walk-on. He grew from 5-foot-6, 120 pounds at age 17 to the 6-foot-2, 200 pounds he's listed at today.

On Saturday, teammate Colby Cohen scored in overtime to give Boston University the NCAA championship in a stunning comeback.

"I don't think I've been able to take it all in," Gilroy said. "It's been pretty special."

Burke told the Star things have been going well with representatives of both camps. The 24-year-old Gustavsson was the top goalie in the Swedish Elite League. Burke met with his agent in Copenhagen over the weekend, with a promise to meet the goalie at the upcoming world hockey championships.

The 6-foot-3 Gustavsson won't be eligible to sign until his duty with the Swedish national team is complete following the worlds.
If Burke somehow gets the first pick and get Tavares, the Leafs will be amazing in a few seasons
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Nice. I want BC to do the same thing with the Raps
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Not really much of a hockey fan, but still watch. But wow it must hurt being a die hard leaf fan no cup since 67. thats freaking 42 years! Im going to wait till 2017 when we hit 50 and say the curse is on!
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Not really much of a hockey fan, but still watch. But wow it must hurt being a die hard leaf fan no cup since 67. thats freaking 42 years! Im going to wait till 2017 when we hit 50 and say the curse is on!
you know whats worse
being a Cubs fan and not winning for 101 years
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The draw was held at the league's offices in New York and the results were announced in Toronto by deputy commissioner Bill Daly.

League rules stipulate that a team can move up no more than four positions in the lottery or drop more than one. Although there was no movement between the 14 non-playoff teams involved, the team to watch could be the Toronto Maple Leafs, who will pick seventh.

Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke put the league on notice that Toronto has every intention of aggressively pursuing a top selection.

"We'll immediately attempt to move up," Burke said during a news conference Tuesday morning. "We're going to talk to everyone between us and the first pick and see what the landscape is.

"We're going to see what it costs and we're going to try and move up."

As far as trade ammunition is concerned, Burke made clear that every player under the organization's umbrella is up for discussion, and ultimately, trade.

"No player is untradeable," said Burke. "Wayne Gretzky got traded."
New York Islanders win top pick 2009 draft lottery - ESPN


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one last article lol...from yesterday, just saw it



If Burke somehow gets the first pick and get Tavares, the Leafs will be amazing in a few seasons
you know why Burke is signing all these prospects?
b/c he's going to package them along with someone like Kaberle or Stajan to trade to NYI

Kelley: Burke sticks out his jaw - Sportsnet.ca
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I'll say it right now, the Isles choose Stedman first (they're blueline is horrendous) and Tampa Bay looks to make a deal.

Toronto could trade Kaberle, next year's first, a 2nd and a guy like DiDomenico or something for Tampa's 2nd pick and a bad contract.

Tampa's already got LeCavalier and Stamkos. I don't see any team (besides Montreal) taking LeCavalier's contract. Actually, wait, maybe Burke makes a play for LeCavalier? Still young, top 10 player in the league, tough. Could happen. Anyways, Tampa to me is the big wild card here.
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The smart choice for the Islanders would be Hedman. Guys like him don't grow on trees. He's Chara and Pronger rolled up into one. But you never know with the Isles.

I think that if the Isles choose Hedman, The Leafs are gonna make a hard charge to get that #2. I don't think that Toronto is the right situation for Tavares though. Going into that pressure cooker doesn't bode well for the kid. He would be better off going to a place like Colorado - that place is still hockey crazy, but it isn't a media frezy like Toronto.
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