Could The Burke Honeymoon End Early?

An informal poll of Leaf fans has shown that those of us opposed to the Sedin twins joining the Buds outnumbers those in favor almost unanimously. I don’t think I have seen one comment by a fan or fellow blogger who is in support of such a move. Everything I have heard is that the twins are as good as guaranteed to come to Toronto. Look for the two of them to eat up anywhere from 10-13 of next years cap. Now, who the hell am I to be telling you what I hear? I know….Others are starting to bang the same drum:

“I have been warned by several impressive sources not to underestimate Brian Burke’s resolve in pursuing the Swedish twins he drafted to the Vancouver Canucks almost 10 years ago. Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin can become unrestricted free agents on July 1st if the Canucks do not re-sign them, and hockey fans in British Columbia are justifiably anxious to see whether or not their team can afford its two best offensive players. If the twins are on the market when the free agent sweepstakes begin, Burke is likely to be front and center on behalf of the Maple Leafs.”

I know it’s only Howie, but if a nobody like me is hearing loud drumbeats I can only imagine what a real insider is hearing…..

““He has to go after them,” one of hockey’s most recognizable faces told me Friday at the United Center, prior to Chicago’s overtime victory against Detroit in Game 3 of the Western Conference final. “The Leafs are one of the few teams that will have the money this summer to accommodate the Sedins and Burke is being smart by talking about making the playoffs next year. This is the type of big-time move he has to make.”

I don’t understand that logic at all. Yes the Leafs will be one of the few teams with cap space but why blow it on these two guys? Why does he have to go after them? I would rather he stay the course and build this thing properly than go this route. I don’t understand for the life of me why this move makes sense.

“The conversation occurred one night after a hockey executive in Pittsburgh told me Burke is “salivating” over the chance to bring the offensive spark of the Sedins to Toronto.”

If Burke is looking to alienate himself from Leaf fans I suspect this is the way to do it. From my perspective, regardless of their talent level they are not the type of guy that Leaf fans will get excite over. I for one wouldn’t go to a game to see them. If it happens, I will be the first to say I hope I am wrong, but I don’t believe these two guys are the the building blocks this team needs.

“The pre-game discussion here in Chicago also touched on veteran goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who lost his starting role to Jonas Hiller during Anaheim’s playoff push this spring. “Burke might take a look at him,” I was told. “Bringing in a proven goalie is a lot different than going after a prospect from Sweden” — the latter reference, of course, pertaining to free agent netminder Jonas Gustavsson of Swedish Elite team Farjestad, who several teams, including the Maple Leafs, have recently pursued.”

Oh my….Can you imagine the lack of excitement going into the Leafs pre-season as the Toronto Maple Caducks prepare for another season. Leaf fans, am I the only one who would be scratching your head should these rumors come to fruition????? If Burke heads down this rumored path I think the Burke honeymoon could be ended much sooner than anyone predicted. Ask yourselves this, would you rather a quick fix to a playoff spot or a slow rebuild with franchise type players wearing blue and white, which could mean another season without the playoffs in Toronto. Don’t know about you, but I would rather be on the sidelines for another year and get this thing right then see a quick fix, shopping sprees done this off season.

Berger is here

By the way, our Toronto Blue Jays are now in a slump 0-5 in their last 5 games. Keep sharp objects away from a certain Jays Fan and Toronto blogger.


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