Leafs Report

LANCE HORNBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:51 AM ET

Numbers don't add up

Speaking at the Sports Management Conference and Trade Show this week, Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke couldn't help making light of his club's 42-year Stanley Cup jinx.

Noting that the odds of winning a Cup at least once within 30 years should be good in a league of 30 teams, Burke got chuckles from the audience when he said "somehow we've defeated that math here in Toronto."

Who's crazy now?

Jonas Gustavsson refutes the notion that goalies must be the craziest players in hockey, submitting themselves to hard rubber pucks at speeds in excess of 100 m.p.h.

"Maybe that was true before the mask (was invented)," he said. "Now look at all the big hits going on in hockey when players chase the puck. Goal is the safest position there is. A goalie doesn't have to chase people."

Havlat have not

Martin Havlat continued to torment the Maple Leafs with a goal last night at the Air Canada Centre.

The Minnesota Wild sniper, who was tough on the Leafs as a member of the Senators and Blackhawks and has eight points in 11 career games at the ACC, had just one goal in 14 games going into last night.

"I thought his last game was one of his best," Wild coach Todd Richards said before the match. "It has been a hard (adjustment) for him, a new city, a new team and a new coach. And he has been compared to (departed Wild top gun) Marian Gaborik."


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