Brian Burke’s Best Work Yet To Come?

July 29th, 2010 by Mark Ritter Leave a reply »

Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke has had a busy summer acquiring numerous players via free agency and trading for some much needed depth.

This summer Burke has acquired rugged forwards Colby Armstrong and via free agency and Mike Brown from Anaheim for a fifth round draft choice while also adding speedy Stanley Cup winner Kris Versteeg to the fold through a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks.

On defense Burke picked up veteran defenseman Brett Lebda, giving him even more depth on defense, which in turn may allow him to trade his ace in the hole, defenseman Tomas Kaberle.

The acquisitions of Armstrong, Versteeg, Brown and Lebda should help transform the Leafs from perennial bottom-feeders to playoff contenders.

Burke’s earlier acquisitions include defensemen Mike Komisarek, Dion Phaneuf (who was awarded the captaincy over the summer), and Francois Beauchemin, all of whom should play huge roles in the Leafs' success or failures this season.

At forward Burke has done an admiral job acquiring the likes of Luca Caputi, Tyler Bozak, Fredrik Sjostrom, Brayden Irwin, Christian Hanson, Marcel Muelle ...

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