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Burke’s Stage To Be The Entry Draft?

March 4th, 2009 | by lt67

By LT

I don’t think that any of the TSM faithful will be too surprised by what Burke did / did not do today.  It became very evident over the past couple of weeks that the priority would be to move the UFA’s that might net a return.  Not making other meaningful deals may simply set Burke up for an active day at the draft….We’ll see (and hope).

1. Tampa Deal

  • Leafs used their cap space and favourable financial position to secure a 4th round pick…that’s it..
  • Kolzig is hurt and will likely retire, Heward has injury issues and I don’t know much about Rogers but don’t think he’s expected to amount to anything…if he does, bonus.
  • Can’t argue with this trade…a few bucks for a 4th round pick.

 2. Moore to Buffalo

  • A 2nd round pick – not bad for a guy that we picked up on waivers last year and will be a UFA at the end of the season
  • While we don’t know what the bid/ask was last night during contract discussions, I think Moore is taking his chances – I’d be surprised if he gets the ice time in Buffalo to maintain/pad his stats like he had in Toronto…he may regret not taking the offer.

 3. Antropov to NYR

  • Similar to Moore – we got something for a guy that would have walked away for nothing as a UFA
  • Too bad his good play started at the end of his contract and only netted us a 2nd round pick after what we invested in him
  • I don’t know what the conditional pick parameters are but I doubt its for a 1st rounder :)

 4. Gerber Pick Up from Sens (waivers)

  •  For $200K for the rest of the year…ok, big deal perhaps they simply want to continue to insulate Pogge or have him remain in the minors to gear up for the AHL playoffs…dunno….
  • I’ve heard Gerber has played awful in the AHL – perhaps Burke simply wanted a warm body and not subject / embarrass Cujo over the last stretch….whatever.

5. Reitz Pick Up from Rangers (waivers)

  • Another much a-do about nothing.
  • As long as projects don’t screw up cap space in the future, who cares.

 I’m looking forward to hearing from Howie et al….should provide TSM with lots of good material!

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2 Comments

  1. Eggbert says:

    Gerber was playing lousy? bonus!

    Moore is nuts,I was worried he was going to come to his senses before we could peddle his tush.I’m shocked his agent would direct him to make a move with so little upside.

  2. Nealio says:

    I am actually pretty happy with Burke at the deadline. You have to consider that given the lack of real activity, and lack of picks being moved, he brought in 2 2nd round picks, a conditional pick and a 4th pick – 4 extra draft choices in the top 100 give or take.

    Like you said, Antro was gone, Moore was gone and we got something reasonable in return. Sure we all wish a few more parts had have been moved but this was just a brutal sellers market and a lot of the big guns stayed holstered.

    AND Burke kept to his word on almost everything he said leading up to and on deadline day.

    Can’t wait to see what happens on free agent signing day, at the draft, and in the off-season. And perhaps a couple bonus signings out of College too!

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