Did Brian Burke Trade Maple Leafs Justin Pogge?

TSN is reporting that Toronto Maple Leaf GM Brian Burke, true to his word has about to complete a deal that will send goalie Justin Pogge to…..surprise, your Anaheim Ducks. In exchange the Leafs are to receive a “late round draft pick”. Here’s hoping it is a conditional pick that increases should Pogge perform at a certain level or x number of games.

The article also says that the Maple Leafs are expected to sign Joey MacDonald.

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August 9, 2009 1:29 pm

If this is true then good luck to Pogge. Although I saw nothing in his play last year that would suggest he would be anything more than a backup in the NHL, giving him another shot in a low stress environment is probably the best thing for him in terms of turning his career around.

August 9, 2009 2:05 pm

This doesn’t make any sense to me. Goalies can take time to mature….Why not give him another year with the new goalie coach? Do they have other young goalie prospects that he’s taking ice time away from?

August 9, 2009 3:20 pm

I think Burke just wants to flush the entire Rask,Pogge and Raycraft fiasco behind him.Pogge was deceptively enhanced by playing for a monster Jr team(and Team Canada) in his draft year,we was bamboozeled

August 9, 2009 4:43 pm

I am sure that Pogge may have asked for this as well. With the addition of the monster…I would say that he realized that the odds of him getting a shot at the NHL were probably negligible for the next few years with the leafs…better for him to take a shot elsewhere with less pressure. Plus his value is pretty low after last season…very average AHL season, and terrible in the NHL starts. Again I give Burke credit for trying to help the kid out here.

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