Defenceman Debate Continues

Ryan Fancey
June 13 2012 10:42AM

When Brian Burke speaks, Leafs fans listen. Then we debate what we believe he actually said for at least 48 hours.

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Just how valuable is this Luke Schenn character?

Cam Charron
June 13 2012 08:24AM

First the Toronto Maple Leafs were shopping Luke Schenn. Then they weren't, and Brian Burke was taking pot shots at Hockey Night in Canada for no particular reason other than Eliotte Friedman reported "rumblings" coming from somewhere.

Schenn still draws discussion about his size, his ferocity (feracity? ferociousness?) and his potential. He was a really good skater and puck mover in junior and those talents have yet to carry over to the NHL. Which brings us to the main question: "Can he PLAY?"

And the answer is "well, maybe."

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NHLNumbers consensus draft list: Who is available at number five?

Cam Charron
June 12 2012 01:43PM

Derek Zona over at sister site NHLNumbers.com has published the consensus draft list, drawing from a combination of different rankings found throughout the online world of prospect scouting, both mainstream and blog variety. Which of these guys do we expect to see on the Leafs two weeks from now?

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Lessons from Los Angeles

Cam Charron
June 12 2012 11:59AM

Inspiration: 'How did the Kings get here' by Gabriel Desjardins.

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On The Leafs' Cheap Forward Radar: Promote a Marlie

Danny Gray
June 12 2012 09:06AM

 

One of us is taking Lombardi's job. -Photo Credit- AP 

If you’ve been following along we’ve been taking a look at how the Leafs can best address the many many glaring holes in the roster over the past few weeks. Cam looked at the goaltending, and JP took a look at #1C. I’ve been investigating how the Leafs can fill two Top 9 Forward spots as cheaply as possible. In my last post I suggested it’s time for Kadri to take Colby Armstrong’s place on the roster. This leaves one more spot open.  I’d like to take a look at a few more options for a Matthew Lombardi replacement before we start looking outside the organization. As previously stated, the main thing this forward needs to be is cheap, and the best way to ensure cost effectiveness is by using players on ELC or RFA contracts.

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