NHL Trade Deadline Has Passed, What Is Burke’s Plan For The Future?

March 5th, 2010 by Torrin Batchelor Leave a reply »
I'll be the first to admit, this article is only my opinion, based upon different rumours and facts/statistical information that I have been able to dig up. After a rather inactive trade deadline having come and gone, and a season so far down the drain most Leaf fans are wishing that the season was over already. I find myself playing the job of armchair GM and thinking about what Brian Burke has up his sleeves for the off-season. Burke has sprung some darn near magical moves in his management career. Everything from his 1999 draft; moving down and then up again to select both of the Sedin twins for Vancouver, to his fleecing of Edmonton in landing Chris Pronger, to landing Dion Phaneuf (a not so long ago Norris Trophy Candidate as the best Defensemen in the league) and Jean-Sebastien Giguere (A Stanley Cup winner and owner of a Conn Smythe trophy as playoff MVP) for spare parts earlier this season. Frankly, the man has moves. He also has a type of player that he likes to build his teams around, usually of the "North American, Physically punishing to play against" variety. With these points in mind, i've gone ahead and dug through rumours and speculation as well as facts and pre ...

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