February 1, 2010
All in the family
This won't be J.S. Giguere's first exposure to the Leafs.
The date was June 21, 1986 at the Montreal Forum when the Leafs selected Stephane Giguere, the oldest of his five hockey-playing siblings, with the 111th pick from the St. Jean Castors, after leading off that draft with QMJHL star Vince Damphousse.
Though Stephane never made the NHL, his sister Isabelle was a great women's league player, while Alain and Caroline played into their teens.
But they all needed a goalie to shoot on, so young J.S. was pressed into service and the rest is history.
What about kabby?
General manager Brian Burke reiterated that he will not ask Tomas Kaberle to waive his no-trade clause. But don't be surprised if the Leafs try to move him between the June draft and Aug. 15 when his no trade becomes moot, likely for a top-end centre.
Between his two big trades Sunday morning, Burke was flirting with going over the NHL's $56.8 million US salary cap. "Right now, it's like a new pair of underwear -- uncomfortably tight," Burke said, before the Giguere deal went through ... Toronto has now traded or waived all five of its players who made the NHL out of the 2002 draft; Alex Steen (St. Louis), Matt Stajan and Ian White (Calgary), Jarkko Immonen (Rangers) and Staffan Kronwall (Washington).