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It's that time of year again when speculation and hopes are at a boiling point for the the blue and white. Of course things are no different here and I have some musings to do on the state of affairs for the Leafs and how we should proceed with perhaps a little bit of perspective mixed in.

I will discuss who the Leafs need to trade, who they should trade for, who they should sign and the why.

In brief it is my assessment that Toronto needs a goalie, a kick in the pants for the defense, size upfront and perhaps most importantly leadership.

To see how Toronto's roster should look come the start of the season including Cap information please click here. Just make sure you come back here to see how and to comment on how you disagree or agree with my changes.



 
 
Let me first premise my analysis on a Leafs-Nash trade by saying that it would take a lot of work on the Leafs part and a whole lot of luck. 

That being said I believe that Brian Burke is not interested in making it to the playoffs and losing in the first round, second round or even the conference finals. It is all about winning a Stanley Cup in Toronto and thus if the Leafs make the playoffs this year the outcome will be only incidental to their eventual goal. I think that Burkie knows that the Leafs are not going to win the cup this year because they are not talented enough, they aren’t far enough along in their development and they don’t have consistent goaltending. I like the Leafs and I am a fan but we need to face facts and that is with the team as it stands, and with hopefully no high first round picks in the near future (unless acquired via trade), being a cup contender is not an eventuality for the Leafs. 
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So my proposition is that the Leafs blow up the team to a certain extent to acquire A+ talent and work on redeveloping the farm in the next couple of years. I propose we do this by acquiring Ryan Suter and Anders Lindback from the Preds to start off and then acquiring Nash and perhaps Mason from the Jackets. Jeff Carter is also an interesting option that could be pursued if Burke knows something about the new CBA that the rest of us don’t but otherwise the contract is just too long.

I would hope that the Leafs could acquire Suter and Lindback from the preds for Komisarek, Holzer or Aulie, Grabovski and Gustavsson. Some of these parts could be interchangeable as Schenn would be in play as a substitute for the Holzer-Aulie spot and Blacker could be thrown in there if the Preds would take him as such.  Komisarek would be a contract dump which Nashville could afford but if they don’t want him he could be waived or pawned onto another team hopefully. Also I would like to keep Grabo and thus would prefer to get rid of Macarthur, Connolly, Lombardi or Armstrong instead but I think it would take Grabo and is expendable as a second line center with Colbourne and Kadri presenting cheaper options. The Leafs could also throw in up to a second rounder as well. So in summary the dream deal is Suter and Lindback from the Preds for Komisarek, Holzer, Grabovski and Gustavsson from the Leafs with a Tim Connolly throw in.  The most the Leafs should pay for Suter and Lindback is Aulie, Grabovski, Macarthur and 2nd round pick.


 
 
Brother's Justice
Well at a time where the media and Hollywood are constantly ridiculed for being out of touch with the common man, this movie takes that problem, exacerbates it, and then brings it back to the common man.

The movie, Brother's Justice, is shot as a mockumentary following Dax Shepard, an out of touch Hollywood comedian who believes he deserves more money and fame. He plans to accomplish his goal by disowning his roots in comedy and becoming an action star like Chuck Norris. He and long time friend, Nate Tuck, try and pitch a movie called Brother's Justice. The movie is set to star Dax Shepard as one of the Justice brothers, where he will fight his way down a hill to save his brother (a typical Hollywood action movie pitch, but usually articulated differently).


 
 
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In short not very.

I am sad to say this as I love Kenny vs Spenny and testees was bearable. The first episode did include some other Canadian talent (most notably Colin Mochrie) other than Spenny which was kind of cool. It showed that Kenny and Spenny must have garnered some respect in the Canadian entertainment community from their show that started as an at home creation, which was viewed by many in many different places and spurred on remakes, ended as an at home creation. Or at least will end as an at home creation as I am not 100% sure that it has formally been stated that the show will not return.

This show, unfortunately for Spenny, was related to Kenny vs Spenny for me as their were simple comparisons like the title, his characters attributes and generally Spenny from Kenny vs Spenny was visible in the acting. This would have been fine and would not have been a deal breaker for me if not for the fact that he was playing his Spenny character with unbelievable results. For example the same neurotic Spenny who, if he was any worse with the women would not have a pulse, or perhaps this is incorrect because he might get some necrotic action as a corpse. 

Before I go on I would just like to reiterate my love for the show Kenny vs Spenny and the Spenny character presented in that show. The show and the two characters were a perfect blend of naive romanticism and crass diabolicalness, resulting in a dedicated following and was well deserved. I would also like to note that my criticisms of Spenny's character are not an attack on the personal character of the actor playing Spenny. I do not believe that Spencer Rice's true character was necessarily portrayed in the Kenny vs Spenny series whether it be due to acting or editing.

So back to Single White Spenny, in the first episode Spenny got a new friend and immediately began sleeping with other women behind her back. The reasoning being Revenge Sex, where Spenny believes that he must satisfy his urge to have intercourse with all of the women who have ever wronged him. Now you will have to hold on tight here as this is where it gets a little unbelievable, the women who have wronged him all are down for his proposition of revenge sex.

I will by the part of the show where Spenny is a complete screw up but in order for me to buy his increased ability to pick up chicks he will have to act the character differently in upcoming episodes.

My final comment on Single White Spenny is to not worry about the post office strike affecting your ability to write home about this show.

If you still want to check it out you can view it below streaming, courtesy of Showcase.

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The big three for the Heat. From left to right: Bosh, Wade and James.
This is a question I have often asked myself throughout these NBA playoffs. Everytime I have come up with the same answer; "They are VERY good." 

Good enough to win a NBA championship?
Absolutely!

Lets face facts, they have two players that may well go down in history as the best ever to play their position. These players of course being Lebron "King" James and Dwayne "Flash" Wade. On top of that they have a perennial All-Star in Chris Bosh. The rest of the leagues only hope at the beginning of the season was that the Heats top three would not gel together and the added pressure of being demonized by the media would tear them apart. On top of the fact that the three have now gelled together offensively the team has come together to be one of if not the top team in the league defensively. A situation that nobody would have predicted at the beginning of the season and is a testament to the work ethic and character of the top three. Both of which were things that were questioned when they all signed on with the Heat in 2010.

Dwyane Wade trying for a block on Dirk Nowitzki
This is a question I have often asked myself throughout these NBA playoffs. Everytime I have come up with the same answer; "They are VERY good." 

Good enough to win a NBA championship?
Absolutely!

Lets face facts, they have two players that may well go down in history as the best ever to play their position. These players of course being Lebron "King" James and Dwyane "Flash" Wade. On top of that they have a perennial All-Star in Chris Bosh. The rest of the leagues only hope at the beginning of the season was that the Heats top three would not gel together and the added pressure of being demonized by the media would tear them apart. On top of the fact that the three have now gelled together offensively the team has come together to be one of if not the top team in the league defensively. A situation that nobody would have predicted at the beginning of the season and is a testament to the work ethic and character of the top three. Both of which were things that were questioned when they all signed on with the Heat in 2010.

Lebron James of the Miami Heat skies in for a dunk
It is now June and we are in the NBA finals with Miami and Dallas facing off for NBA supremacy. This has got two be the worst nightmare situation for 29 of the NBA teams. This is because now the question has to change from; Are they good enough to win this year? to How many years will they win?

I know it seems early to be looking beyond this finals series, but I honestly do not believe it will make much of a difference in the grand scheme of things. I say this because Miami will not be judged on this years championship, although it might help silence some of the haters. Miami will ultimately be judged by the number of championships they win and not how they were won. I predict they will win this series against Dallas as they have proven to be resilient coming off of losses, they are younger and will fair better in a long series because of this, they have a proven champion in Wade and most of all they are just too talented for Dallas. 

In the event that Dirk goes off and Dallas is able to beat the Heat in the 2011 NBA finals, there is no doubt in my mind that Miami will be back next year perhaps with some new under paid championship seeking role players and a more experienced core. They will then probably get back to the same position next year and the year after that and so on. The question will then become more apparent: How many championships will the Heat win? 1? 2? 7? 8? Who knows, but I am sure excited to watch and find out.


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Cheers

 
 
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Throughout the 2011 stanley cup playoffs experts have been asking how good are the Vancouver Canucks this year?

The expectations on the most part were that of cautious optimism. Meaning that most people were thinking that they had the best regular season record but are on the most part unproven in the playoffs. They garnered some comparisons to the San Jose Sharks in that they often do extremely well in the regular season only to fizzle out in the playoffs due to their poor ability to adapt to the increased physicality in the playoffs. So far the Nucks have been able to step up to the physical pressure and have pushed back, hard, sometimes even a little over the line hard.

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Up to this point the Canucks have defied expectations as according to many experts they should not have made it out of the first round against the Blackhawks. This being said the question remains; How good are the Vancouver Canucks? Are they Stanley Cup Champion good? In short Yes. I say this because they have shown that they are who they thought they are. Not necessarily who we thought they are or who we thought they might be. Bobby Lu has proven himself to be one of the best in the game in the playoffs when he is on his game. He was in the discussion for the Conn Smythe coming into the finals and despite having two consecutive poor outings has shown enough for us to think he will bounce back. The Sedins have shown flashs of brilliance but have lacked consistency while Ryan Kesler has shown that he truly is one of if not the best two way player in the game. Although the defense has been devastated by injuries and suspensions they have all been solid in their increased roles. All this points to the Canucks being able to bounce back from adversity and finish off the bruins in most likely seven with both teams holding true to home advantage.

Canucks push back hard
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