Brian Burke, Leafs Likely to Stand Pat…For Now

December 21st, 2009 by Eric Warren Leave a reply »
There have been a fair amount of strange happenings in Brian Burke's first full season as Toronto Maple Leafs GM.

Between a horrific start, tampering charges , the much anticipated arrival of Phil Kessel , and two minor heart operations for highly-touted goaltender Jonas Gustavsson , it's been an up-and-down year for Toronto.

The Leafs are 7-4 so far in the month of December with five games left before the new year. With the team playing well on a fairly regular basis, I think it is highly unlikely that Burke will want to make any major deals until the off season, although, depending on their position approaching the playoffs, we may see a few "tweaks."

With no fewer than 23 players in the organization eligible for free agency (12 UFA's and 11 RFA's ) this summer, Burke has got a lot to think about.

The current "cap hit" of the team's twelve unrestricted free agents is some where in the neighborhood of $20.3 million. While Burke will obviously not want to bring back some of these players, the remaining ones will likely get raises to stay.

The likelihood of any trades happening before he decides who is staying and who ...

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