Late Tuesday Rumblings

by TSM

Just got back from Seattle.

Couple of interesting tidbits this eve.

Talk is everywhere that Bobby Ryan could be on the block. Here in TO, the hockey rumor capital the drums are a beating. Personally, I want to read the MSM column that says, the Leafs should go after him and offer x,y and z or conversely, they shouldn’t because the price of x,y and is either too high or he’s not worth it. Articles that say Burke will call or kick the tires don’t do it for me. Issue an opinion, take a stand, you criticize GM’s and coaches all the time for moves they make or don’t, but yourself out there too! First one who writes the story wins a prize.

Nice piece in the Star by Richard Griffin about the Jays off-season rumblings. Would love to see some real off season sizzle.

Cathal Kelly has a piece on the sad state of recent affairs in College athletics south of the border. It’s brutal don’t get me wrong. Having said that, are we really at the point of calling it an epidemic?

I hope not.

Have a great day!


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Mike S
Mike S
November 30, 2011 3:30 am

Doug MacLean suggested on the noon hockey show that it would probably take something like Schenn, Kadri, and a 1st round draft pick to maybe get Bobby Ryan……………I am not a Leafs fan but I would do that in a second if I was Burke……………..however I think Anaheim would want more than that for a guy like Ryan

design guy Paul
design guy Paul
November 30, 2011 7:04 am

It seems no matter what Burke does (or doesn’t do) is always applauded by the MSM. Cox has a man crush on Burke and never writes a negative word. No one else out there is willing to write anything negative about Burke when he makes blunders such as signing Komisarek. Not to mention when he says idiotic things like the Leafs have the best defense in the league which he said both this and last October.

Anyway, Burke will have to be very creative to get Ryan as the Leafs only have $550K of cap space. He will have trade a number of pieces and probably over pay in terms of man power vs contract values. But whatever he does, it will be deemed as a genius move by many of the MSM types.

November 30, 2011 8:25 am

They won’t be giving Ryan away like they did Lupul. If Colburne is ready, then Grabovski is expendable as a small piece of a package – Leafs are deep in defensemen and have restocked a few draft picks, so they can take a run at Ryan if the cap numbers can work. They don’t want to upset what’s working so none of their big names will go. Ducks won’t take spare parts like Khadri except as a throw in. He is not going to be an NHLer the way he’s playing with the Marlies (BTW: listening to McLean is a mistake – he has no clue. Blowhard)

November 30, 2011 8:26 am

Can someone please explain why a team that wants more offence would trade a 24 year old who has already proven he can score 30-goals and is locked up for 5 years? I still don’t get why the Ducks would move Ryan. They have cap space…if it’s about getting into the playoffs this year, move something from the farm or picks to a basement dweller. If they are giving up on this year, move vets.

Please explain…thanks.

November 30, 2011 3:10 pm

Ryan is Kessel light. I don’t want him for a 5 mil cap hit – not to mention giving up 3 potential impact players. Then again Burke loves him so the deal with probably get done.

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