January 09 2013 11:10AM
Toronto Maple Leafs have apparently fired Brian Burke as general manager. Working on official confirmations.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) January 9, 2013
Fairly surprising development in the hockey world today: Brian Burke, after four seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs and soon to start his fifth, was fired today, Bob MacKenzie of TSN was the first to report.
The firing takes place at an odd time in the life cycle of a sports team, at the end of the offseason rather than the beginning of it. Of course, several developments have taken place in the Maple Leafs' corporate structure since the beginning of the summer. Most importantly, the sale of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) closed on August 22, less than a month before the lockout began.
January 08 2013 03:06AM
Following up on some speculation from the week, it seems like the hockey world is bracing for a deal that would send Roberto Luongo to the perpetually embattled Toronto Maple Leafs goaltending rotation, regardless of what Randy Carlyle told the media today. Rob Longley over at the Toronto Sun quotes Luongo as giving Canucks' GM Mike Gillis the "green light" to make a deal. Luongo is protected by a no-trade clause, but it should be done too surprising he would waive it if he still wants to be an NHL starter.
Now, as for Roberto Luongo's owed salary and contract is the elephant in the room. I never understood the meaning of the term "elephant in the room", since if there were an elephant actually in the room, I would freak out and point out to everybody that there is an elephant in the room.
January 07 2013 10:52AM
A few things to consider this afternoon. One is that the NHL lockout has yet to be lifted, so teams can not communicate with players, nor can teams move players around. There appears to be no timeline yet on when any of this changes, but several observers expect camps to start up some time next week and the season on January 19, which is a Saturday and will feature a slate of rivalry games.
Leafs coach Randy Carlyle had a press conference today, addressing what some of the housekeeping issues will be when the collective bargaining agreement is ratified, player movement begins and training camps start. The biggest two issues for me in regards to the Leafs is goaltending and defence. We can talk about Roberto Luongo trade possibilities later.
January 06 2013 09:39AM
After 16 hours of bargaining and mediation Saturday and early into Sunday morning, the National Hockey League and its Players Association came through with a tentative labour agreement that will see the remainder of the 2012-2013 season played out under a pro-rated salary cap.
A groggy Gary Bettman, who was speaking about as quickly as Luke Schenn accelerates, clarified that the deal must be ratified on both sides, and that there was no information available yet on schedule or number of games to be played.
January 05 2013 08:05PM
Once a CBA is agreed to and the lockout is over I wonder how long it takes The Maple Leafs to announce that Roberto Luongo is a Leaf?— Josh Rimer (@JoshRimerHockey) January 6, 2013
@gregthomsonnhl that its done— Josh Rimer (@JoshRimerHockey) January 6, 2013
This is per Sportsnet's Josh Rimer.
To tear away your attention from a thrilling football game between Green Bay and Minnesota, I think it's become known that the collective bargaining agreement is close, if nothing is finalized. It sounds like the NHL really wants to get something going by the middle of the month—January 19th is the apparent start date—so that leaves a minimal amount of time for the Vancouver Canucks to unload their franchise goaltender before then.
Province reporter Jason Botchford pegs it at a 0.0% chance that the Canucks bring back both Luongo and Cory Schneider, which means the team would need to facilitate a trade within the next week, presumably before training camp begins.