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No More Free Agents For Maple Leafs

August 19th, 2009 | by torontosportsmedia

Brian Burke was on the morning show on the Fan 590 this am. Yes, despite last nights performance I went back this am. Burke was at his best, to say the least:

He was asked a few questions about the US camp, most notable answer was that no positions (ie starting goalie) will be determined at this camp, it is purely for team building purposes. Furthermore he said that the anti-doping process for players invited to this camp and the 40 others who will be considered is strict, every day from now until the Olympics they have to provide a 1 hour window each and every day where they will be available for a random drug test. So from now until the games each player has to log into a computer and say, every day where they can be found for 1 hour each day. (I wonder if the back seat of a cab in Buffalo works?)

When they got around to issues of the Maple Leafs, Burke was asked if he had interest in a player like Alex Tanguay who has been waiting for a deal all summer and may be forced to take less money. Burke’s response:

“No”

This was followed by a little bit of an awkward silence.

Burke was then asked if he would consider other free agents who are still available and may have to take less money as the season gets closer. Burke’s response:

“No”

After some more silence Burke expanded:

“Alex Tanguay is a good hockey player, but right now we have depth at defence. Yes we have cap space, but our next play will be to trade some of that depth for a forward. That trade will likely involve having to take on extra salary. That is how we will use our cap space, not by adding more free agents.”

So there you have it. No reason to mention team Maple Leaf(is that better than Big Blue?) until camp begins. By all accounts Burke is planning on dealing someone or someones from the blueline for a more expensive forward. Other than that, it’s what you see is what you get.

TSM

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6 Comments

  1. Paul says:

    Hmm, I’m not saying we should try to sign Tanguay or not, but it’s interesting to figure who we can target as a forward.

    We surely don’t need anymore third or fourth line players so it would have to be a top six guy and preferable top three, of which we arguable have none at the moment or current level or development, who would have to be in his mid-20s.

    So who’s he planning on trading here? Other than a combo including Kaberle, who could we possibly trade that would bring us that return.

    Schenn, Beauchemin, Komisarek and Exelby — three just joined the team — likely aren’t going anywhere. Frogren, no. Van Ryn, no. White, no.

    Tanguay, for the sake of argument, is a top six guy, who at 29 — at least until November when he turns 30 — isn’t old and could potentially be had at a bargain.

  2. lt67 says:

    Paul reminds us of Burke’s dilemma…too many defencmen but the ones to move may be difficult. Who know’s Van Ryn’s condition (and value at this point)? Frogren doesn’t net you much – even as part of a package…I’m sure Burke would like to keep a guy like White – he seems to have the attitude/persona Burke is looking for. Who does that leave? Everyone seems to like Finger but in my opinion, with Schenn, Komisarek, Exelby and Beauchemin, he become redundant. Problem is, his contract is likely to steep to make him tradeable. How does Burke solve the dilemma? I dowub he moves one of the new guys – though it’s not impossible. I guess the most likely scenario is still Kaberle – assuming they’ve discussed teams he’d be willing to go to now that the window has closed.

    As for Tanguay? I’m ok with Burke’s position. Burke is likely looking for a legit #1 center if he can…Tanguay is not that guy.

  3. Eggbert says:

    If Burke plans on getting a top 6 forward, he’s not going to do it by dangling Finger,Van Ryan or Frogren and White.(and I want to keep White)
    Komisarek is a keeper,and young enough to grow with the team at 27.Beauchemin is the logical trade deadline bait,especially considering that he made his name as a playoff performer

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