June 19 2012 05:54PM
Look, I know the deal. It's a sweltering Tuesday night and we need to be inside with air conditioning.
We're also desperate for some kind, any kind, of Toronto Maple Leafs news.
As of 7:23 p.m. on Tuesday night, Nik Kulemin, Matt Frattin, Cody Franson, Korbinian Holzer, Ben Scrivens and, uh, Matt Lashoff remain unqualified six days ahead of the June 25 deadline. Josh Harding, Anders Lindback and Tomas Vokoun have been taken off the market, leaving the Leafs with zero goaltending for now.
June 19 2012 08:49AM
Over the next couple of days, we'll try and figure out just who Brian Burke has in mind for the No. 5 selection in Friday's draft.
First, a couple of notes on philosophy. I think that Burke is a fan of big-moment players, and generally, big guys. He paid a premium for his first ever draft choice in Chris Pronger, trading a first, second and third round picks to move up four spots and get the pick that was going to come after Alexandre Daigle.
June 18 2012 03:50PM
I came across an interview from Brian Burke on TVO's 'The Agenda' with Steve Paikin. The full interview, entitled 'The Business of Hockey' can be found here, but I've spliced out some of the more interesting parts and transcribed them here for those of you who don't have the half hour to listen to the broadcast.
He discussed in some depth his team model, his trade philosophy, the steps he took to draft the Sedin twins in Vancouver and Stanley Cup parades in regards to the passion of Toronto fans. In the interview, he also discussed the importance of having an exciting team, his team culture, and the importance of winning.
June 18 2012 09:37AM
Whenever any player is drafted in the first few picks, the commentators covering the draft really like to envision the same player five years into the future, after having righted the ship of a troubled franchise. In hindsight, it's always nice to read old draft coverage to see which players were wildly overrated or underrated by the hockey establishment.
Like the 2008 draft for instance. Steve Stamkos went number one overall, and then four defencemen followed. 2008 is actually quite similar to 2012 in the sense that a lot of the talent at the top of the draft tended to be defensive players. The '08 defensive class bucked a trend, because less than five years later, so many of them are already playing in the NHL: Drew Doughty, Alex Pietrangelo, Zach Bogosian, Luke Schenn, Tyler Myers, Erik Karlsson, Jake Gardiner, Luca Sbisa, Michael Del Zotto and John Carlson were all taken in the first round.
June 18 2012 08:11AM
With silly season entering what should be one of its busiest weeks, the focus on the Leafs' needs in goal and, well, everywhere, will be front and center up until Friday's draft. Of course, we've been discussing most of this since the regular season ended, but it's time for that last kick at the speculation can before things start happening for real.