NHL Breeze: Aug.16, Evening Edition

Joseph TrentonAnalyst IIIAugust 16, 2010

TORONTO - APRIL 6: Luke Schenn #2 of the Toronto Maple Leafs moves the puck up the ice during an NHL game against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Air Canada Centre on April 6, 2010 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)
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NHL Breeze: Aug.16, Evening Edition


Let’s kick things off with what the Leafs players had to say about Tomas Kaberle returning for one more season:

-        Nazem Kadri: "I think him sticking here is only going to make us a better hockey club."

-        Luke Schenn: "I've been lucky enough to be defence partners with him."

-        Ilya Kovalchuk front is all quiet today, no word on how the talks are progressing.

-        Lee Stempniak looks to be very close to a contract extension with the Phoenix Coyotes. No one knows how long he will stay though.

-        Willie Mitchell, let’s be honest, wants to remain a Canuck. It is his dream to be a Canuck hockey player, and that has not changed after the dream came true. He wants more time in Vancouver.

-        Kevin Bieksa stock has risen since the Kaberle non-trade. Teams like his grit and youth as a part of the package.

-        Got to say, Brian Burke made the TSN.ca headlines by performing the biggest non-trade in hockey history. Congratulations to the Leafs for keeping Kaberle. Ho hum.

-        Antti Niemi to the San Jose Sharks looks like a real possibility, but not yet a probability. Wait and see if Capitals come back with an improved offer.

-        Lightning traded Karri Ramo for Cedrick Desjardins today. Desjardins was a Canadiens prospect goalie.

-        Yzerman has hired Al Murray from Hockey Canada to join him in Tampa Bay as his director of amateur scouting. What a job Yzerman has done this summer!

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