Are two trades better than none?

Ryan Fancey
June 06 2012 11:45AM

With Vokoun off the market and Roberto Luongo supposedly set to meet with the Canucks sometime this week, you can count on the goalie talk surrounding the Leafs to pick up substantially, especially with the NHL and AHL playoffs wrapping up.

I guess this is a fairly easy observation to make, but it's quite likely that we'll be seeing two substantial moves from the Leafs to address the goaltending, or none at all.

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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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