Maple Leafs Fate In Burke’s Hands

Despite what he has said in the past. Despite what he will say today. I am more convinced that the extent to which the Leafs are “busy” tomorrow lays entirely with Brian Burke. Too many people are saying the same things:

1. There are very few sellers.
2. There are lots of buyers
3. Burke’s assets are worth more then as parts then they are collectively
4. The parts Burke is selling are of decent value and high demand

This is the time of year our pal Howard Berger used to shine and his blog today is reminder of what once was:

“According to three National Hockey League sources [one general manager and two scouts], Maple Leafs’ GM Brian Burke will have the opportunity to clean house at the trade deadline on Wednesday, if he so chooses.“Brian has at least a half-dozen affordable players that can be useful parts on contending teams, and there will be lots of tempting offers,” said an Eastern Conference scout. “Based on what I’m hearing around the league, I’ll be surprised if [Nik] Antropov and [Alexei] Ponikarovsky are still with the Leafs after the deadline. Big forwards that can score between 20 and 25 goals don’t grow on trees and not many will be available on Wednesday.”

Now we have to be careful here. People speak for a reason and in this case both Berger and his moles may have agendas. Berger’s is simple. If Burke does little, then it is very easy to point the finger at him. The mole’s (assuming we believe they exist) are different. Everyone likes to shit on the Leafs and thier fans so it’s not hard to think of reasons why someone wouldn’t want to mislead.

” Western Conference manager agrees that Burke will have lots on his plate. “It just depends on how quickly he wants to get things done,” said the GM. “Brian isn’t in a rush — he has a long, lucrative contract, and there isn’t a a ton of onus for the Leafs to get better right away. That will allow him to be more selective, and he’s put quite a price on some of his top players. But, I don’t think there are going to be as many sellers as in past seasons. A bunch of teams in our conference are feeling great internal pressure to make the playoffs this year, and they might want to add rather than subtract. That’s why I feel Brian will have lots of opportunities to trade, if he wants.”

That echoes all the chatter and opinions I am hearing too.

“One thing to remember about trades at the deadline,” continued the GM, “is that many of them are made at the last hour, and a lot of them don’t have their origin until it’s very late. Things happen every year in the final 90 minutes or so that have had no basis in discussion prior to that. So, it’s difficult to really predict how active Brian, or any of us, will be.”

There is nothing better then the reactionary deal. One team does one thing, which causes other teams to do others. Should be a fun day. Good job Howie.

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Eggbert
Eggbert
March 3, 2009 2:13 pm

The Sundin frustration will be transfered to Burke if he sits on his blackberry weds.I hope MLSE have a read on the growing cynicism in this city regarding the leafs.

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