Posts Tagged ‘Toronto Maple Leafs’

This a stunner. The timing, coming just four days before camps open after a four-month layoff is weird. The real reasons haven’t spilled my as yet. The best I can offer is that the new owners didn’t want Brian Burke as the face of their franchise.

Obviously somebody doesn’t like Brian Burke. Jeez, can’t imagine why, lol. The thing is, you don’t hire or fire a Brian Burke because you like or don’t like him. You hire and fire Burke on the basis of results and/or philosophy. If you’re firing Burke for philosophical reasons, you clean house. Leafs aren’t cleaning house. Replacing Brian Burke with his protegé, former Ducks VP Dave Nonis, is not a change in direction or philosophy.

This is all about office politics. Somebody doesn’t like Burkey.

Media chatter is suggesting the firing came because Burke wouldn’t trade for Roberta Loungo and his ten year cap at $5.3M per year. I find that hard to believe because I tend to respect that people aren’t that stupid. For one, you don’t fire a GM for a personnel decision about a goalie. Second, why take on Loungo’s contract when you can likely get him as a UFA when Vancouver buys him this summer?

I can leave that one for the Gossip Girls. Jeez, if it’s true though. The whackjobs are back in control of the Maple Laughs. Good luck Dave Nonis.

So fellow jilted Ducks fans, do we take him back? Would he come back?

Bob Murray is recently quoted as saying, “We’re going to get ready for next year” adding that Saku Koivu and Teemu Selanne are the only untouchables due to their no trade clauses in their respective contracts. Take that to mean the Finn Twins are also available if either were to agree to a trade.
So come on inside and take a look at some blockbuster trade ideas. (more…)

Following Wednesday morning’s acquisition of defenseman Francois Beauchemin, Ducks Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray spoke with reporters via conference call from Honda Center. The following is a transcript and my responses: (more…)

So much Ducks stuff going on and with the road trip we get Ducks Calls with Josh Brewster on AM830 post game show back. Meanwhile, fished out some fresh biscuits for you from way back of the internet. (more…)

From our Hockey Moms are Awesome Dept.:

“According to local lore, when the snow got too deep to play hockey outside, Madame Lemieux transported shovels of snow into the house. She threw the snow on the carpet and pounded it down to a smooth surface that glistened like ice. With the heat in the house turned off and the doors opened to let the cold blow in, she had her boys, just past toddler age then, practice hockey on the rug.”

After he turned pro and became famous, Mario admitted he actually learned to skate in his living room. His mom added, “They really did quite a job on my rug. But it was good for strengthening their ankles.”

Every kid in Canada is going to want an indoor rink for Christmas.

Want more goal scoring? Former Ref Andy Van Hellemond says shrink the stinkin’ goalie pads Adam Proteau of THN has the rest. (more…)

Fished these pucks out from the back of the net for ya:

Andy Strickland, covers the NHL’s hottest team in Blues Clues @truehockey.com Strickland offers a surprising to the question, “Who’s replaced Keith Tkachuk in the room?” Blues Clue: It’s not a player.

How does a team with a minus -5 goal differential, its’ top line all minus, its point leader still looking for his first goal of the season, it’s #1 goalie .894 SP and a GAA of 3.30 produce a 6-4 W-L record good enough for  8th place in the West? THN’s RoryBoylen takes a look at the stunning Columbus Blue Jackets.

In true “Beat me, beat me make me feel real” fashion Brian Burke calls Leafs Nation booing Dion Phaneuf disgraceful. That’s right Burkey, talk dirty to Leafs Nation and they’ll still buy your jams and jellies. After starting the season 4-0, Leafs are now 5-4-1. In true, “What? me worry” fashion Double B isn’t pushing any panic buttons.

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yeah baby, if you want to build blog just say something nice to Leaf Nation about their team. Still can’t do it myself.  Here’s few Hogtown Homer Suck Ups I fished out from the back of the (inter) Net today.

Say it ain’t so Broph. Phil “Big Mac” Kessel for the Hart? Already? Don’t you have to at least be the scoring leader on a playoff team for that? Never thought I’d see the day when Mike Brophy had to suck up to Leafs Nation to get readers.

Let’s go see how Hockey Buzz has countered. Honest I haven’t even looked yet. There it is, Howard Homer-Berger second to the Ek-man himself, lol.

tsn.ca? I swear it’s a suck-up conspiracy. Maybe we should invent a word. How ’bout suckupspiracy? They’re there don’t you know but buried under the lead story on the Flames. Hey tsn you just earned some cred from BackCheck’s Blog.

Next up, THN? LOL, Phil Kessel is THN’s top story. This is really how I do Back of the Net BTW. Only this time, I’m reporting first and finding it second lol.

Do we dare? Okay espn what have ya got for the Hogtown Homers right now? Six games last night but Hogtown’s is the only one that makes the top video list. Oh this just too easy.

Kukla’s Korner? Oh yeah, all day long.

Puck Daddy? Finally one big time site where I actually had to scroll to find a Leafs story on the front page. Way2be Puck Daddy!!!

The light went on for me this morning. I feel just like the Steve Martin character,  Navin R. Johnson from The Jerk did when he learned that weight guessing is a profit game.

Oh jeez, armed with the secret, I might even get to meet Bernadette Peters. Now that seeing our Ducks win the Stanley Cup is checked, meeting Ms. Peters is number one on my personal bucket list.

I just discovered only one team in the NHL matters, the Hogtown Homers, whoops I mean Heroes, yeah Hogtown Heroes, aka Toronto Maple Leafs and Leafs Nation respectively. (more…)