October 22 2012 12:45PM
Let's talk conspiracy theory here. Or let's talk luck, or let's talk about my theory that Brian Burke is one of the few General Managers in hockey who acts with the future interests of the team in mind and not his own.
At the end of Pierre Gauthier's run in Montreal, he left the team with Rene Bourque and Tomas Kaberle, players on longer deals than the ones he traded. I don't know where Burke stands with MLSE, but with a change of ownership and NO PLAYOFFS IN X YEARS, I really do think it would be naive of us to think that Burke won't be carefully analyzed by his superiors going into this season.
Any move, any move, to get this team back into the playoffs, mortgaging the slim future of the Leafs for a better shot. I have no doubts that trading Jake Gardiner for Roberto Luongo would help the Leafs for the next couple of years. That would guarantee Burke a couple more years in Toronto at least. The problem is whether Gardiner and the first he's packaged with, may come out to generate more value in the end than the goaltender himself and harming the Leafs for the future. I do think Burke worries more about the team's future than his own, a desirable trait in a GM.
October 21 2012 06:15PM
Question: What's played on ice and not locked out?
Answer: The KHL.
Here's today's KHL highlights featuring a sick breakaway goal by Evgeny Kuznetsov, Nail Yakupov's team comes out on top, and more.
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
October 21 2012 05:34PM
After a pair of polar opposite performances against the Hamilton Bulldogs on Friday and Saturday, the Toronto Marlies had an opportunity to cement the direction of their three-in-three weekend against the Grand Rapids Griffins on Sunday afternoon. While the teams are longer divisional rivals, the game was still one of many to come in the season series, and a prequel to the December outdoor game at Comerica Park. It was also an important night for Kenny Ryan and Jussi Rynnas, who had to prove to coach Dallas Eakins that it was the right call to keep them in the lineup beyond last night. In the end, the Marlies started strong, and fell back a little, before eventually losing the game in a shootout, 4-3.
October 21 2012 01:28PM
Photo: Matt Boulton/Wikimedia/CC BY 2.0
From across the Nations this week: hockey talk, with absolutely none of it focused on arena or CBA negotiations. We’ve got a healthy dose of humour – including a story from the NHL player who ran buck-naked into a group of Hungarian riot police – as well as some news, statistics, and rumour-mongering.
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
October 21 2012 09:13AM
Image via Marlies.ca
After a pair of games where the Toronto Marlies have heavily outshot their opponents, but had little to show for it, something had to give tonight. Maybe it was the powerplay, which entered tonight scoreless in its past 19 opportunities. Maybe the lines needed a bit of shaking up – though that was tried on Friday to little result. Whatever the solution was, it had to be enough to reverse a 4-1 loss to the Hamilton Bulldogs the night prior to even up the season series. To the Marlies delight, they seemed to figure it all out tonight, overpowering the Bulldogs 5-0.