What Can You Draft With a Late First?

Chemmy
February 15 2011 07:57AM

Yesterday the Leafs moved out Kris Versteeg for Philadelphia's 2011 first and third round picks. My gut feeling is that this is a bad deal; Versteeg is on pace for about 50 points this season as a 24 year old and it's unlikely that someone available late in the first round will have that kind of impact. Couple that with the fact that Kris Versteeg will be an RFA when his contract expires and the likely offer sheet compensation being at least a first and a third and this move is puzzling.

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Game #56 Scoring Chances: Leafs @ Canadiens, Feb. 12/11 (3-0 Loss)

Slava Duris
February 13 2011 10:08PM

Scoring Chances for NHL Game Number 20 831

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HEY, JOFFREY...S-H-U-T U-P!

Steve Lansky
February 13 2011 08:10PM

Let me see if I’ve got this straight, Joffrey Lupul. You have played a grand total of 41 shifts and just over 33 minutes in a Toronto Maple Leafs uniform and you are already shooting off your mouth about how other players in the NHL should play. Is that right? After a fight on Saturday night with Canadiens’ rookie defenceman PK Subban, you weren’t happy when PK didn’t remove his helmet in a timely fashion. “It’s a pretty standard move when you both have visors on to take them off and go,” you said. Here’s a good idea, Joffrey…perhaps you might want to shut up!

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Mike Komisarek: Eight Minutes for $4.5M

Chemmy
February 11 2011 12:47PM

Last night's game revealed an awful lot about the Toronto Maple Leafs' defensive group. Their TOI and quality of competition leader, Francois Beauchemin, was shipped out of town and rookie Keith Aulie was pulled up from the Marlies to replace him.

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ARE THE PLAYOFFS STILL POSSIBLE?

Steve Lansky
February 11 2011 11:24AM

In order to reach the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs (a possibility I summarily dismissed here just nine days ago), the Leafs probably need to win 20 of their remaining 27 games. To say that’s a tall order would be an understatement. But, stranger things have happened. And, when I wrote that piece last week, they were 12 points out of eighth. Now they’re just seven back. Here are a few things they’re going to have to do to make it happen.

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