June 03 2011 08:57AM
The Leafs desperately need a center for Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul capable of being more than a boat anchor. That's not a sleight on Tyler Bozak per se, it's hardly an insult to not be one of the 15 best players at your position in the world.
The Leafs don't have a ton to offer teams in trade so ignore crackpots suggesting that the Flyers would send Jeff Carter for a Burkie Dog and Jonas Gustavsson (surely the solution to their perceived problem of having crummy goalies) or that the Avalanche will deal Paul Stastny because they have Matt Duchene and couldn't possibly have two good centers at once.
The "easiest" way for the Leafs to acquire a center is on July 1st with a big check. The problem is the lack of talent available on the UFA market. Not anticipating the lack of UFA talent is why JFJ's tenure with the Leafs was a disaster and one hopes Brian Burke isn't going down the same road.
June 02 2011 07:57AM
Having recently re-entered the public conciousness with his atrocious commercial with Mike Zigomanis I've been thinking about Luca Caputi. Brian Burke took him in exchange for Alexei Ponikarovsky because it was felt he was a more mature prospect closer to stepping into the NHL.
Caputi put up big numbers in his last year in the OHL and I think they're worth looking at. Follow me across the jump and we'll get to work.
June 01 2011 03:31PM
Ain't much left to say about the Vancouver Canucks at this point. We have picked them to lose three rounds in a row and have suffered in the Playoff Preductions Project as a result. Still we would rather be dead last in the pool than correctly predict the Canucks will move on to the next round in the playoffs. We stand by our convictions.
Bruins over Canucks. Believe that.
May 30 2011 09:21AM
Several weeks ago, I provided a look at the Maple Leafs' Even Strength Scoring Chances, by player, over the 2010-11 season. Now it's time to get back on the horse and provide a look at special teams, an aspect of the game that the Leafs have struggled with for the past few years. Today we'll look at the scoring chances produced during 5-on-4 and 4-on-3 power plays, while each player was on the ice, from this past season.
May 30 2011 01:03AM
The Stanley Cup Finals start on Wednesday, and that gives everyone three days to get their picks in for the winner. After the jump, results from the first three rounds.