Is Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke’s Plan Flawed?

November 19th, 2010 by Mark Ritter Leave a reply »
When Brian Burke took over the job as general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs from Cliff Fletcher, many in Leafland were ready to start planning the Stanley Cup parade route right away.

Burke, who had already won a Stanley Cup with the Anaheim Ducks, had a reputation for shaking things up, making deals and, most importantly, making both players and management accountable for their actions or lack thereof.

Burke promised a more competitive environment. He promised that the “cottage atmosphere” at the Air Canada Centre was over and he promised to add some much needed talent and depth to the Maple Leafs system.

While nobody can argue that Burke has added an element of depth to the organization, one could argue that he has failed to add the talent.

Blessed with the ability to shop for players via the college ranks and overseas, Burke was able to sign the likes of Tyler Bozak, Jonas “The Monster” Gustavsson, Brayden Irwin, Marcel Mueller and others.

Bozak and Gustavsson looked to be decent NHL talents, but it will be a while before we can effectively evaluate the likes of Irwin, Mueller and others.

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