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A Position of Strength

Brian Burke has spent his time focused on rebuilding, restocking, and retooling the Leafs' prospect system and on making better use of the clubs' financial muscle among other things. The Franson trade is a good example of the latter and the hiring of Francois Allaire has been a mingling of both. Here's what Chemmy had to say about the results:

One of the bright spots in Toronto's organizational depth is likely their goaltending. Between James Reimer, Jussi Rynnas, Ben Scrivens and maybe Jonas Gustavsson 2.0 the Leafs were probably right in their decision to not sign a stopgap goaltender to a long deal this offseason.   

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It's a no-brainer but enjoy the video of all 32 of Phil Kessel's goals last year.


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Interview with former Flyer Dave Poulin " Center Ice Hockey Magazine Philly
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