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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Grabovski’s insurance can force him to sign with CSKA

Andrey Osadchenko
September 21 2012 01:24PM

Mikhail Grabovski hasn’t signed with any KHL team yet, despite numerous reports that suggested he’d play for either Dinamo Minsk or Barys Astana or even CSKA. The Maple Leafs forward was as surprised to learn about his transatlantic vocation as anybody.

"I have no idea where did this Sport-Express reporter get information about me signing with Dinamo," he said in an interview to Pressball. "Sport-Express loves stuff like that. They reported that Malkin would sign with CSKA like 10 times. My situation is still uncertain. I only know that I want to play and I have a few offers. I don’t know how it’s going to pan out. My agent is working hard on it as we speak. I can assure you I’m going to stay in Toronto for at least one week and practice here. Sure, I would like to play in Minsk. But at the same time I'd rather have lockout ended."

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