The Graduate: Nazem Kadri

Gus Katsaros
September 25 2012 08:00AM

As the Toronto Marlies take center stage opening training camp at the end of the week, some of the attention turns to one of the first players ever brought through the system implemented by the Brian Burke regime.

Named president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs on November 29, 2008 in his first crack behind the Leafs draft he produced Nazem Kadri at a sexy 7th overall in June 2009.

The London native would have been the first homegrown player to graduate from the Leafs development process, you know, if there had been an NHL 2012-13 season.

But I digress.

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Leafs Nation Podcast: How Do You Solve A Problem Like Brian?

Leafs Nation Podcast
September 24 2012 09:09PM

What with François Allaire's recent comments about interference with his work, and Brian Burke's subsequent ruffling of feathers, fellow Pension Plan Puppeteer SkinnyFish (@SkinnyPPPhish), fellow TLNer Gus Katsaros (@KatsHockey) and I decided it was high time to look at Brian Burke's work so far with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

I think Skinny has an interesting solution to the Brian Burke problem, and Gus has some really good retrospective perspective.

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Hockey Cards Aren't Locked Out!

Steve Dangle
September 24 2012 09:52AM

NHL lockout be damned! Let's do this!

Just like the video says: Leave a comment and you'll be chosen at random to recieve one of either a hockey card with pieces of game-used jersey from four different former Leafs (Matt Stajan, Vesa Toskala, Luke Schenn, and Jason Blake), or a card atuographed by current Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf.

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Strombabble: Luongo to the Leafs still a possibility?

Cam Charron
September 24 2012 09:40AM

I've been fairly anti-Luongo-to-the-Leafs for a while now, suggesting back in June that even if the Leafs had the pieces to acquire Luongo the risk of that contract with ten more years still on it isn't worth the trouble.

Of course, that won't stop us from borrowing the 'Stombabble' series title from our friends over at Canucks Army to dissect the latest developments in a potential Roberto Luongo to Toronto deal.

What do we know? We know Brian Burke wants to acquire a goaltender, and that Mike Gillis has one to sell.

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A brief chat with 2011 Leafs first rounder Stuart Percy

Cam Charron
September 22 2012 09:20AM

Stuart Percy was drafted in the first round, 25th overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2011 Entry Draft out of the Mississauga-St. Michael's Majors. After missing much of the OHL season last season due to injury, Percy played on the Toronto Marlies' extended playoff run.

He's returned to Mississauga, the team is now called the Steelheads, this fall, as the team captain. TLN caught up with him briefly after Mississauga's Friday night home opener, a 3-0 loss to the Kitchener Rangers.

When I first saw you play it was back during the Memorial Cup and you were more of a stay at home guy. It looked like you were taking a few more chances offensively tonight, is that something the Leafs have got you to work on?

Stuart Percy: Yeah, I think in the Memorial Cup and in the playoff run there I was trying to keep it sound and safe back there, but in the regular season I think I'm going to try and make a couple more rushes here and there when I can. I saw a couple of chances today and took them like I did, you know if it's there I'm going to try, but I'm not going to force it too much.

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