Toronto Maple Leafs: Why GM Brian Burke Should Avoid Free Agency

March 9th, 2012 by Matt Wiseman Leave a reply »
The NHL free-agent waters open July 1, but if history is any indication, perhaps Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brain Burke should avoid taking the plunge.

Since his club's free fall began one month ago, Burke has been taking a lot of heat from the media and fans. Some argue that his team should not be judged on their play as of late, while others argue that results are all that matters—results that the Leafs have yet to deliver.

Regardless of where you fall in this debate, it's hard to disagree with the fact that Toronto could use a few offseason upgrades. As far as where those upgrades need to be, that too is up for debate.

But rest assured, if Burke's team fails to make the playoffs this season—which at this point seems highly likely—he will be entering the offseason with more pressure to improve his team than ever before.

The easy route for upgrades has traditionally been through free agency. Some good names will be available for the taking this year, but given his track record, Burke would be wise to resist the temptation.

Take the following three players for example:


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