The Life of Brian

Danny Gray
June 06 2012 09:02AM


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I did not want to write about this. I still do not want to write about this. But, I feel compelled to write about this. By this I mean the recent water cooler gossip that Brian Burke's job may be in jeopardy thanks to events in his personal life. I was not going to write about it until I read what Steve Simmons had to say.

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Burke also traded up for Pronger; will he for Yakupov?

Cam Charron
June 06 2012 07:42AM

Late last night, Jonathan Willis commented on a quote from ex-player-turned-agent Igor Larionov when discussing the upcoming prospects of his clients Nail Yakupov and Alex Galchenyuk. Larionov stated that it's possible Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke trades his draft pick up to get both Yakupov and Galchenyuk.

Willis commented that Burke did a similar manoeuvre at the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, shifting several stones to bring Henrik and Daniel Sedin, two future franchise players, to Vancouver, giving up their first round pick in the following season and then-young defenceman Bryan McCabe.

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What would it take for the Leafs to land Yakupov and Galchenyuk?

Jonathan Willis
June 05 2012 10:20PM

Earlier today, we ran an interview between Andrey Osadchenko and Igor Larionov on this site. Larionov is the agent for two of 2012’s top draft prospects – Nail Yakupov and Alex Galchenyuk – and among other things he made the interesting suggestion that the Leafs might attempt to land both players (who are also teammates in Sarnia).

Is it possible?

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Igor Larionov talks Yakupov, Galchenyuk and the 2012 Draft

Andrey Osadchenko
June 05 2012 07:04PM

After talking to Nail Yakupov, the Nation Network's Andrey Osadchenko had a chance to sit down with his agent (and Hockey Hall of Famer) Igor Larionov.  Larionov represents not only Yakupov, but another player - Alex Galchenyuk - in contention for a top-five spot at this year's NHL Entry Draft. 

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On the goaltender radar: Josh Harding

Cam Charron
June 05 2012 09:51AM

On the unrestricted free agent goalie front, no goaltender under the age of 35 is as battle-tested as Josh Harding. At 27, Harding gets his second crack at free agency, after missing the entire 2011 season, he was able to re-up for $750K with the Minnesota Wild last season.

Harding has been a backup for his entire career. 900 shots is the most he's faced in his career (in 2012) and he also played more minutes this past season than any other, appearing 1855 times. His numbers are good enough to earn him a starters job in the National Hockey League, and being the only legitimate starter on the UFA market at this point, he will probably get a sizeable raise.

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