Brian Burke: Leafs not looking to trade for Marc Savard


brianburke.jpgOh, how the trade rumors flew this past weekend in Los Angeles, with
Marc Savard’s name being mentioned the most. With Savard reportedly
naming Toronto and Ottawa as the two teams he’s waive his NTC for,
speculation began to fly as to what sort of deal the Maple Leafs could
be working up for the veteran center.

According to Brian Burke,
there is not going to be a trade involving the Toronto Maple Leafs and
Marc Savard.

Talking with Fan 590 in Toronto, per TSN, this is
what Burke had to say:

“The rumour – what I read anyway – is that Boston is looking to move
this player,” he said. “We have some options presented to us over the
weekend, trade wise, that do not involve this player (Savard) that we
are looking at.”

“Suffice it to say, the media are focused on one name,” Burke said.
“And we are looking at multiple names – not including Marc Savard.”

As far as Tomas Kaberle goes, Burke said that most of the offers for
the defenseman this past weekend involved a draft pick, and that the
Leafs were not looking get a first round pick for Kaberle — they want
immediate help at forward. Since he didn’t hear any offers that were
perfect for Toronto, they put things on hold regarding a Kaberle trade.

He hints that a Kaberle trade is not a 100% priority, and that
they’ll only move the defenseman if they the perfect deal for a forward.
Since he steadfastly refuses the Leafs are looking at Savard, I’m
guessing an aging center with a bloated contract isn’t exactly what the
Leafs are looking at in return.

“We’re hearing two more offers today, but I’m guessing that nothing’s
crystallized until July 1 when we se where free agent defencemen end

Despite tough fight, Stars hand Wild their sixth straight loss

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The Minnesota Wild put together the kind of effort that would beat a lot of NHL teams on Tuesday. Unfortunately for that beleaguered group, it wasn’t enough to edge the Dallas Stars.

Despite generating 40 shots on goal and generating 1-0 and 2-1 leads, the Wild lost to the Stars 4-3 in overtime. With that, they’ve lost six straight games.

(The view doesn’t get much prettier if you pull away a little further, either, as Minnesota’s only won once in the last month, going 1-9-2 in their last 12.)

Ultimately, the Stars’ big guns were too powerful. Tyler Seguin generated two assists and so did Jamie Benn, who set up John Klingberg‘s overtime game-winning goal.

Again, the effort sure seemed to be there for the Wild, even if they’re far beyond the point of accepting moral victories.

As frustrating as this must be, Minnesota’s not that far from a playoff spot. Still, it has to sting to see “Close, but not good enough” as a prevailing theme as of late.

Royal beating: Lucic, Kings crush Bruins 9-2

As Boston Bruins' Patrice Bergeron (37) looks on Los Angeles Kings' Milan Lucic waves to the crowd after a tribute to him was played on the screen during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

The Boston Bruins welcomed Milan Lucic back on Tuesday. Maybe they shouldn’t have extended such a warm welcome to the Los Angeles Kings overall, however.

You won’t see many games as lopsided as this one, at least in 2015-16, as the Kings walloped the Bruins by a humbling score of 9-2.

Lucic wasn’t just there, either, as he scored a goal and an assist in his quite triumphant return to Boston.

Tuukka Rask had a short night in Boston’s net, yet it wasn’t as if Jonas Gustavsson enjoyed his time. It was a pretty sound beating by all accounts.

This dominant win is a heck of a way for the Kings to begin an imposing seven-game road trip, which continues against the New York Islanders on Thursday. The Bruins probably want to burn the tape on this one themselves, as they’re about to head on a six-game road trip.

Video: Evander Kane believes he won his fights vs. Alex Petrovic


The Florida Panthers are beating up the Buffalo Sabres where it counts – on the scoreboard – but Evander Kane was happy to highlight his perceived victories in a couple bouts.

Buffalo’s power forward fought Alex Petrovic twice on Tuesday, and Kane wasn’t shy about holding up a “2-0.”

You can watch the second fight above, and the first one below, via Hockey Fights by way of MSG:

This GIF might just say it all, really:

Update: Apparently they fought again moments after this post went up.

Probably safe to call it a rivalry between the two, right?

The Panthers ultimately won 7-4.

Fight video: Yes, a visor-breaking punch

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Some hockey players resist the urge to wear a visor, at least if they’re given that choice.

Perhaps a few will say “Hey, Nathan Beaulieu will just punch it off anyway.”

Maybe not, but Beaulieu provided a rather unique moment in his fight with Cedric Paquette during the Montreal Canadiens – Tampa Bay Lightning game. You can watch that bout in the video above, and see a cut on the Lightning pest’s face from that blow.

Want it in GIF form? OK then: