With Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final set for tomorrow night, all eyes in the hockey world will turn to Philadelphia tomorrow night. Much the like the 2010 playoffs, the ‘Hawks vs. Flyers match-up has been nothing but entertaining with fast-paced, physical hockey that has had its fair share of goal-scoring. No doubt a great showcase for the league and a far cry from the trap style employed by champions past. Do you think the NHL should institute an “illegal defense” penalty similar to the NBA for trap teams? That’s a sure fire way to increase goal scoring league wide…
News and Notes:
- Brian Burke has been outspoken in his negotiations with Nik Kulemin, essentially saying while the Leafs want to re-sign him, the contract demands are ridiculous for a player who is yet to even break the 40 point mark in the NHL. I chalk this up to posturing by BB – Kulemin should be, and will be, retained heading into next year. Look for a 3 year deal averaging 2-2.5 mil per season to shake out of this one-sided media war.
- The for sale sign has officially been hung on Tomas Kaberle. For those readers who have looked over previous pieces I’ve put together, it is no secret that I believe Kaberle and the Leafs would each benefit from a change of scenery. Look for Burke to move Kaberle for a scoring winger and either a prospect or draft pick.
- Kovalchuk to test free agency? Kovalchuk interested in being a Leaf? I would say no other team can possibly offer Kovalchuk as much in a package deal – salary rivaling the best in the league ($7.5-8 mil per), God-like status in the hockey mecca and a package of endorsements that will no doubt ensure that any money left on the table from another NHL or KHL team will be made up. If I am Brian Burke, getting the talented sniper’s signature on a contract if he reaches July 1 un-signed should be priority #1, 2 & 3.
- Leafs interested in acquiring Paul Martin’s rights? Why? Unless there are more D-men in Toronto on the move than just Tomas Kaberle, this sounds like ‘anonymous’ chatter.
- New Leafs jerseys hit the ice in 2010/11…back are the arm and belly stripes; out: the blue/white t-shirt look. Aside from the from the ‘laces collar’ this is a great move – going back to the Gilmour era jerseys is aces in my books.
- Oh yeah…minor piece of news: When the new jersy’s are unveiled prior to the entry-draft, look for a certain hulking defenseman acquired from Calgary to have an extra letter stitched to his sweater. It is widely speculated the Leafs will trot Dion Phaneuf onto the runway to model the new design, along with debuting his tenure as the new captain in Toronto. (we’ll no doubt hear from a few Flames fans on their thoughts on this) It can’t be argued that the Leafs didn’t portray a new attitude when they acquired Phaneuf; Monster’s of March re-appearing or a legitimate shift in team direction?
- Anyone else ecstatic that Matt Stajan’s new $4 mil is on the Flames books and not Toronto’s?
Enjoy the game tomorrow night sports fans…it should be a doozy. Won’t be long now until the draft, and the real fun starts their in Leafs Nation…
Keep it real,
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Written by Mike De Petrillo
Leafs fan; former OHL LW; Live in Toronto