Martin Brodeur, Colin Campbell, Brian Burke,Tyler Bozak, and Other News
Martin Brodeur could be having his best year to date. At 37, he's on pace for his first 50-win season and looking to at least tie his career high in shutouts (12).
Brodeur is currently the all-time leader in wins, regular season shutouts and playoff shutouts. He is also runner up in several other goal tending categories. Because he shows no signs of retiring any time soon, he is likely to own a few more records.
Colin Campbell has often been referred to as a straight shooter and a no nonsense kind of guy. Often the target of NHL clubs hunting for their next GM. Campell's name was mentioned frequently in the media when the Toronto Maple Leafs were looking to replace John Ferguson Jr.
Though he is widely respected in hockey circles, it is my humble opinion that the whole situation with Alex Burrows of the Vancouver Canucks was a complete farce and brutally mishandled by Campbell and the NHL.
If Auger was in fact disciplined for his alleged actions—although Campbell would have us believe that Auger neither said or did anything wrong—I think it should be allowed to be publicized the same way it is publicized when a player is disciplined.
I think that the idea of there never, ever, being any wrongdoing on the part of the NHL is a crock, and it's about damned time some one demanded more transparency from them!
Aside from calling up Tyler Bozak that seems to be paying immediate dividends, Toronto GM Brian Burke also called up Jay Rosehill to add an element of truculence for the Leafs-Fylers match up last night. Burke has once again found himself defending his coach in the face of some bad play on the part of the team.
"I just hate losing," he said. "You can dissect it any way you want. It's not part of my constitution. I can't stand it, and we're going to sort it out. We're going to find people who are willing to pay the price to stay here and battle harder and make things happen."
The hot-button topic in Toronto has been Ron Wilson's job security.
"I don't fault the coaches at all for where we are," Burke said. "I can tell you right now, there's not going to be a coaching change here. That's not been considered, discussed, whatever. He is as safe as the gold in Fort Knox."
For their part, both Bozak and Rosehill contributed with four shots and thre points between them in last night's game, including a goal and an assist for Bozak.
The Ilya Kovalchuk rumors are still persisting with Islanders GM Garth Snow possibly throwing his hat in the ring .
The Rangers are talking to several teams. The names of Christopher Higgins and Dan Girardi have been mentioned. The Rangers are talking to are Dallas, LA, and St. Louis.
Speaking of the Stars. Would they move Turco? One source said that they are discussing this as we speak with long meetings and deep soul searching. I have always found Marty Turco to be among the classiest acts there is. My hope is the Stars give him the option.
Carl Gunnarsson made his return to the Maple Leafs last night, and I though he played well. He was a non-factor for most of the night.
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