The Kaberle Vortex

Steve Lansky
February 18 2011 06:41AM

The Tomas Kaberle trade vortex (see above) has sabotaged a week in which Leafs' fans should be widely rejoicing. Thanks to Mikhail Grabovski and Phil Kessel, with a pair each, the Leafs turned out a rare character win in Boston. Then, the next night, Joey Crabb's gusty shortie in Buffalo was the difference in a game when Ryan Miller, finally, was not impervious. Yet, for many, it's another week full of angst. That trade vortex, surrounding Tomas Kaberle, has, to a degree, hijacked Leafs' fans enthusiasm. And that's a shame.

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Game #58 Scoring Chances: Leafs @ Sabres, Feb. 16/11 (2-1 Win)

Slava Duris
February 16 2011 08:12PM

Scoring Chances for NHL Game Number 20 855

The Phaneuf-Aulie pairing had an excellent night as they shut out the Sabres at even strength (though Phaneuf was on for the Sabres' softie goal that didn't qualify as a scoring chance), and logged big minutes on the PK where Toronto outchanced Buffalo 2-1.  Keith Aulie played 4:43 of the Leafs' 7:48 short-handed minutes.  The Leafs came up huge in the third period as they registered 11 chances and limited Buffalo to just 1.

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Game #57 Scoring Chances: Leafs @ Bruins, Feb. 15/11 (4-3 Win)

Slava Duris
February 16 2011 10:24AM

Scoring Chances for NHL Game Number 20 848

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Leafs Add Voros

Jonathan Willis
February 16 2011 10:03AM

The Toronto Maple Leafs made another minor move on Tuesday that didn’t get much news thanks to the Kris Versteeg deal, shipping a conditional seventh round draft pick (read: basically nothing) to Anaheim in exchange for tough-guy forward and pending free agent Aaron Voros.

It’s an odd trade, for a couple of reasons.

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Steve Lansky
February 15 2011 06:48PM

So Tomas Kaberle has told GM Brian Burke that Boston may be a potentially favourable location if he's ultimately dealt. How generous of him. He’s basically told Burke that it’s my way or the highway – which, when you have a no trade, is one of the big advantages you possess. But, by favouring only the Bruins, Kaberle has guaranteed that Burke is going to get hosed by Bruins’ GM Peter Chiarelli…again.

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