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Monday Morning Musings, With Me, " The Big E ": Kabby To Stay, and More.

Eric WarrenCorrespondent IIMarch 22, 2010

UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 14:  Tomas Kaberle #15 of the Toronto Maple Leafs shoots the puck against Kyle Okposo #21 of the New York Islanders on March 14, 2010 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. The Isles defeated the Leafs 4-1.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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The single most talked about Toronto Maple Leaf since the departure of former captain Mats Sundin, may be staying with the team after all.

Despite incessant rumors to the contrary, the Tornto Sun is reporting that Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke has indicated that he expects Tomas Kaberle to be with the team next season.

Kaberle, who has one year left on his contract, has also regularily indicated hi desire to stay with the team.

Maple Leafs head coach Ron Wilson also expects his veteran d-man to return.

"Hopefully he will be back " Wilson told the Sun, " He has a role carrying the puck and on the powerplay. We have other guys who concentrate on the defensive aspects of the game on our blue line."

It seems as though the only peopple who don't think Kabby will be back, are the fans.

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Phil Kessel may in fact be on pace to duplicate his goal production from last year, or pretty close to it. With five goals in his last five games, there is a reasonable chance he could score eight more in the last 10 games of the season.

As much as I have given Kessel a hard time in the past because in my opinion he just isn't much good coming into the zone with the puck, there is no denying that he is one of the most talented snipers the Toronto Maple Leas have seen in quite some time, and if he stays healthy for the whole season next year there is also reason to believe he will be the first Leafs' fifty goal scorer since Dave Andreychuk in the '93-'94 season.

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Although the Monster is still way at the back of the pack when it comes to most NHL starting goalies, he has won his last five consecutive starts and is on pace for almost 20 wins (he needs to win six more) in his rookie NHL season.

The arrival of J.S. Giguere and the ongoing tutelage of goal tending coach Francois Aleire has done wonders for this future star.

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The rumors are still rampant about Brian Burke making a splash in the free agent pool this off season, and though I would not be surprised in the least by anything he does anymore, I would be more surprised if he does anything at all. He likes the look of this team, and seems content to watch it grow.

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