Toronto Maple Leafs: Brian Burke’s Done a Much Better Job Than You Think

February 11th, 2011 by Alex Mamalis Leave a reply »
Sorry critics and doubters, Brian Burke has done a fine job re-tooling the Maple Leafs into a playoff team. Considering what disaster called the Maple Leafs he came to, not many could have done better than what he had done up to this point.

The Maple Leafs, when he was hired as their new General Manager, were seemingly directionless. The organization was still pouting about Mats Sundin's exit from Toronto, and were relying on usual third liners to play top six minutes. And those weren't even the worst of it all. What was icing on the cake for the franchise is that they had nothing to look up to. They had no top prospects developing, nothing on their roster with enough value to bring any of importance back, and had most likely one of the worst General Manager's in the history of the sport.

Then Brian Burke entered the fold (after a small second go-around with Cliff Fletcher), and hope was reestablished in Leafs Nation. The organization was getting someone who considered one of the better GM's in the league, fresh off a couple successful seasons in Anaheim, proceeded by more success in Vancouver. And to be honest, despite what the sports media says, Burke had do ...

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