Crucial time in Burke’s tenure

Of all of the uncertainties that are bound to spill out of the National Hockey League draft in Pittsburgh this weekend, there are a couple of storylines that might have a little more solidity.

One, if Rick Nash finally is traded by the Columbus Blue Jackets, it’s unlikely that it will be to the Maple Leafs.

The Leafs are thought to be in the thick of the Roberto Luongo race, and if so, good for them. Goaltending is where it starts, and starting next season with James Reimer and Ben Scrivens would be selling themselves short. A duel involving the two for the starter’s role might make for a juicy story during training camp, but the Leafs need experience in net. Luongo would provide that, and, if he could prove that last season with Vancouver was a blip, it would allow either Reimer or Scrivens to develop at a pace that doesn’t feel rushed.

For all of the names that have been connected to the Leafs in various rumours, whether it has been Nash or Luongo or Jordan Staal or just about any other skilled player who is on the market, it will be difficult for Burke to acquire more than one.

Burke simply does not have the assets at his disposal to complete a couple of significant trades.


25 Responses to Crucial time in Burke’s tenure

  1. blaze says:

    What about Matt Duchene? I know he’s not openly available but he had a disappointing season and was criticized as being lazy.

    The 5th, Schenn and another decent prospect? Duchene would be better than either Galchenyuk or Forsberg. It would be a steep price but maybe interesting to Colorado. Espcially should Forberg be available at 5.

    Skip 2 years of development and try him out between Kessel and Lupul and likely see a huge break out year.

  2. reinjosh says:

    So apparently Pavelec is playing some hard ball with the Jets and it’s be mentioned by Dreger he might be available.

    Interested Leafs Nation (and non-Leaf fans. Is it a good fit?)?

    Reimer plus something else for PAvelec?

    I’m a big Pavelec fan…

    • nordiques100 says:

      Maybe make it really big and get Kane as well.

    • Schneidfeld says:

      I’m in WPG, and the buzz on Pavelic (from what I’ve seen/heard) is that he’s considering offers from the KHL (or pretending to consider them in an attempt to up his value to the Jets), as reported by Dreger. I haven’t seen anything that would lead me to believe that he wants out of Winnipeg (though anything’s possible). He’s RFA & will be due a big raise, but the Jets management have been adament about him being a part of their future & would likely match any offer sheet (within reason). I hope he stays in the Peg, he was fantastic last year & will only get better at such a young age.

      Evander Kane has been rumoured to be a moveable player for quite some time. Again, could be just rumours, but lots of talk that he’s more of a big ego/big city type of person. It’d be a loss to the Jets, he’s a dynamic player, but I’m sure he’d fetch a good return too.

  3. blaze says:

    No take out Kessel and the 9th, throw in our 5th and other pieces. I want two deadly lines with a pure scorer so it’s not so easy to shut down.

  4. Schneidfeld says:

    The Jets are not going to trade Pavelec. And if they were, they definitely wouldn’t do it without a established goalie coming back. Their backup (Chris Mason)is rumoured to be heading elsewhere in search of more playing time, but he’s not the #1 anybody’s looking for (plus he’s 38).

    Kane to the Leafs is an interesting scenario though…. Maybe for the 5th pick & a contract player like Armstrong/Lombardi, or some other similar combination.

    • blaze says:

      I would absolutely do the 5th and Armstrong for Kane. It doesn’t solve the center issue but I would prefer Kane over any of the top 5 maybe even Yakupov.

      Big hole still at center but Kane is exactly what the Leafs top 6 needs. He will become a big time star in Toronto.

      • Schneidfeld says:

        For sure, top center is top priority for Leafs, but doesn’t mean they won’t look to upgrade elsewhere, and let’s be honest, the Leafs could use upgrades in every position.

        I think the price may be steeper for Kane than what we’re talking about here, now that I’ve thought about it more. He’s improved every season he’s played in the NHL, and is coming off of a 30 goal season at the young age of 22. Not saying he’s untouchable, but thinking now that the 5th plus Army/Lombardi might not be enough, might have to throw in a good prospect too (Frattin, Kadri, etc) to get a player as good as Kane.

        • blaze says:

          How’s the D in the peg how about a dman? Franson or Gunnarson instead Of he prospect. I’d do that.

          • Shoelesshobo says:

            Peg has a good starting cast on D.

            – Buff
            – Enstrom
            – Bogo

            If anything they would be looking for a solid two way or defesive minded D man think Schenn and to a lesser extent Holzer may hold some value.

  5. dumbassdoorman says:

    Basically the way I see it is if we can’t trade up to the two spot and grab Gal, then we need to eith trade back and aquire mor assets like two 1sts, or trade it for an established player. It is time to shit or get off the pot and I think Burke knows it. drafting anyone but him is a waste of time as they will be good but not impact type players, if other teams are enamoured then let them take the pick. I would be highly disappointed if we draft reinhart say, even though I like him as a player

  6. Schneidfeld says:

    Jets want offense, a top 6 forward. If TO wanted Kane, they’d likely be giving up several players (Grabo & another roster player or high prospect) to get him.

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