Toronto Maple Leafs: Brian Burke Says Th-Th-Th-Th-That’s All Folks!

July 8th, 2011 by Steve Thompson Leave a reply »
A lot of Toronto Maple Leaf fans are praising Brian Burke's offseason work, but don't count me among them.

My report card reads like this: Better team than last year's team: Yes. Good enough to make the playoffs: No.

I'm forced to give this early grade because Burke recently stated that he has finished tinkering with the team for the summer. But I, and many fans, expected more to come. Right now, the finished result is anticlimatic.

Don't get me wrong. All the new players that Burke acquired are going to help the team. It's just not enough.

How did I come to my conclusion?

Unless something absolutely disastrous happens, it is unlikely the Leafs will be able to beat out any of the top five Eastern Conference teams: Boston, Tampa Bay, Washington, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

That leaves the bottom three teams, the New York Rangers, Buffalo and Montreal, to beat out.

But the Rangers now have the prized offseason catch, Brad Richards, and most people would rate Buffalo's offseason upgrades as better than the Leafs'.

That leaves only Montreal to beat out, not to mention whatever gains in strength the ...

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