Rebuild Run Amuck: Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke Is at a Crossroads

December 4th, 2010 by Cale Loney Leave a reply »
The Toronto Maple Leafs and GM Brian Burke only have one move left to make.  It is the hated, archaic term in Leaf land: rebuild. This isn't being proposed lightly, but from necessity. The current plan, quite simply, isn't working.

While many of you may be thinking to yourselves, I thought the Leafs were rebuilding? Well, technically you are correct. After two years on the job, Burke has done a good job acquiring prospects with few high draft picks.

However, the Leafs have attempted an ill-conceived rebuild on the run. Which at the date of writing, has landed the Leafs second last-place in the NHL last year and a projected third last-place finish this year.

The Leafs will give the Boston Bruins a lottery pick two years in a row, anyone who thinks the Leafs will somehow pull out of the bottom five are delusional. The problem doesn't lie in the Leafs ability to win games, though they to tend keep that to a maximum of two in a row. 

The problem is in the three-point game. Assuming that the Leafs win their next two games (which against Boston and Washington doesn't appear to be likely), they still need the Ottawa Senators and Bu ...

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