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Kadri Sent to AHL Marlies

Toronto Maple Leafs' blue chip prospect, Nazem Kadri was sent to the Leafs' AHL affiliate Toronto Marlies today. And thank everything that is holy about hockey.

It finally released me from my self-imposed ban on writing about anything Kadri or Kaberle-related. What else

I mean, do you really need that from me? People who get paid to care have written those two subjects to death. Me? I'm just champing at the bit to comment on how the team looks when things start getting real, later this week.

I look forward to commenting on whether or not Kris Versteeg is the real deal, or not. I, for one, really like the look of Mike Brown... we've needed a sweet 'stache like that since Ian White was shipped to Calgary, last season.

I think we're going to be better. Maybe not playoffs better, but it should be a more exciting brand of hockey to watch. I'll also be keeping an eye out west to watch my other Canadian team, the Edmonton Oilers, to see how the kids hold up out there.

I will say this about Nazem Kadri, I know a lot of the other armchair GMs will be saying that Kadri should be plying his trade in the NHL. I won't. Here's why: Brian Burke has a history of letting his young talent cut their teeth in the AHL. Learn to play the game with men, as it were. Ryan Getzlaf, Correy Perry, Bobby Ryan. They all paid their dues in the A, and they turned out alright. They should have sent Luke Schenn to the AHL, maybe they have learned from their mistakes.

So, let's just look forward to the season to come and let those who are paid to care deal with the Doomsday predictions.



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