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June 23, 2014

June 23, 2014

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BRIAN BURKE ONCE SAID THAT THE GUY who manages to bring a Stanley Cup to Toronto would have schools named after him. And the ones who fail? Well, there are a number of mental institutions always looking for names. That’s the cost of doing business in a city that has been craving a Stanley Cup championship since 1967. Burke, who constantly swung for the fences while he was in Toronto, failed to get the job done, just as John Ferguson Jr., Pat Quinn and countless others did before him. Now, it’s Brendan Shanahan’s turn to try fixing a franchise that isn’t exactly broken but is still in need of several parts to get the machine running properly. Shanahan, who was hired as Leafs president shortly after the season ended, inherits a team…



If the Ducks are convinced they have the real deal in soon-to-be 21-year-old goalie John Gibson and he’s ready for the NHL, then they can let Jonas Hiller walk. Frederik Andersen showed this season he’s at least a capable backup, if not more. Gibson and Andersen make less than $2 million combined for the next two seasons, meaning Anaheim can divert more capital to adding another top-four defenseman and skilled forward. Teemu Selanne and Saku Koivu coming off the books frees up another $4.5 million. Anaheim would like to keep defender Stephane Robidas, but he’s 37 and makes a healthy $3.3 million. If Jarome Iginla is going to stay in Boston, it will be on a deal that is almost a carbon copy of the one he signed this season, a…


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WHAT’S KEEPING YOU UP AT NIGHT? IF YOU’VE GOT A QUESTION ABOUT THE GAME, SEND IT TO COLUMNIST ADAM PROTEAU AT ASKADAM@THEHOCKEYNEWS.COM QUESTION: What would happen if Ilya Kovalchuk tried to come back to the NHL, as others such as Alexander Radulov and Jaromir Jagr have? Would New Jersey be allowed to block his move to another team? Ryan Humphrey, Victoria, B.C. ANSWER: When Kovalchuk left for the KHL with 12 years remaining on his contract, the league placed him on its “voluntary retired list” and made it clear any return would require the approval of all teams. However, when he turns 35 in 2018, he’ll be removed from that list and become an unrestricted free agent. So he’s got four years before being free to choose his NHL fate. He won’t be…



AS MUCH AS THE SEA OF RED WOULD love to storm again, it will be a long time before it comes around for a second pass. Sure, the teardown of the Flames is complete, but those finishing touches on building a Stanley Cup contender are so far off in the distance nobody can guess when they will happen. Maybe it’ll be nice and quick, the way things went for the Blackhawks when Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews arrived in Chicago. Or maybe the Flames are staring at a long rebuild, a wandering-in-the-desert scenario similar to what the Hawks went through in their initial attempts to return to past glory. For the Flames, the hard hat now belongs to Brad Treliving, the former Phoenix Coyotes assistant GM. He is being counted on…