Toronto Maple Leafs: Can They Acquire This Year’s 1st and 2nd Overall Selection?

June 8th, 2012 by Smiley Gimbel Leave a reply »
For the record, I do not for a minute think this will happen; and further, if it did happen, I would question giving up so many assets to acquire the 1st- and 2nd-round selections.

However, the "buzz" is out there that this is indeed his intention, the rumour coming straight from Igor Larionov's mouth (from Sportsnet). Larionov happens to be the player agent for Yakupov and Galchenyuk.

So let's investigate a little further, to think it out.

To properly weigh the possibilities of assets that may be going the other way, I'm going to assume that we land Schultz and Luongo (to my chagrin).

As in 1999, when Burke did his magic landing the 2nd and 3rd round selection, he will need to know what players the GM's ahead of him want. He did just that in 1999.

It's not necessarily as closely vested as some may think. Burke has a very good relationship with Howson and Montreal's assistant, GM Rick Dudley. I'm not sure how he is with Garth Snow, but there's nothing to suggest that it's anything acrimonious. He may not even factor in other than to ensure the other two GMs that the player they want will be there.

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