In Toronto, it’s Burke’s move

It took until last week, four-plus months into the season, but the Maple Leafs finally had their projected A-list roster on the ice last week when Colby Armstrong and John-Michael Liles made it into the lineup. Now we’ll see what GM Brian Burke can pick off prior to the deadline to avoid the franchise’s seventh straight DNQ. Keep in mind, he has added skilled forwards (Phil Kessel, Joffrey Lupul) and a Robocop defenseman (Dion Phaneuf). The missing piece is the power forward. Which probably makes Anaheim’s Bobby Ryan No. 1 on Burke’s checklist. And maybe Corey Perry No. 1A.
A play for either one would mean a package involving both Nazem Kadri and ex-Boston prospect Joe Colborne and then whatever roster talent the Leafs can sacrifice while keeping the acquisition worth the bother. The bet here is that Kessel or Mikhail Grabovski would be Anaheim’s asking price. Trouble is, Grabovski is on target for UFA on July 1, while Kessel still has two years left at a $5.4 million average. Kessel looks to be the key piece.

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4 Responses to In Toronto, it’s Burke’s move

  1. toronto77 says:

    Colborne and Kadri?? no thanks, Since the leafs have sooo much depth on defence, Burke will only use ONE of Colborne or Kadri and a defensive prospect and 1st rounder in this years draft.

    Trading Colborne and Kadri will leave Tyler Biggs as our only potential top 6 forward. Even though he is a couple of years away, it's not comforting to know that that is all we have left to look forward too in terms of a top 6 power forward. Maybe McKegg could be a solid top 6 forward too.

    Colborne and Kadri both have the potenetial to bite us in the ass further down the road.

  2. toronto77 says:

    I love balls on my face ….

  3. JoelLeafs says:

    Well that was a brutal read. Also, balls, face, YEAH! The top 6 does’t look to bad for the future, but centers are needed. Any addition is good, but Burke needs to avoid desperation, IMO. I’ve seen the Leafs in the playoffs before. Beating Ottawa is great and all, but I’d like to actually do something. Patience sucks as a Leafs fan, but we have more of it than any hockey fans (well maybe France and Japan at the worlds), we can wait.

    To be clear, I’m not saying rebuild, I just think we have great assets, let them become what they can. Trade isn’t the only route. On that not, please don’t get Lu… I’ve been 50/50 on the issue, but the contract sucks. Luckily, I don’t believe BB would ever take that BS agreement on.

    APPLE!

  4. JoelLeafs says:

    Well that was a brutal read. Also, balls, face, YEAH! The top 6 does’t look to bad for the future, but centers are needed. Any addition is good, but Burke needs to avoid desperation, IMO. I’ve seen the Leafs in the playoffs before. Beating Ottawa is great and all, but I’d like to actually do something. Patience sucks as a Leafs fan, but we have more of it than any hockey fans (well maybe France and Japan at the worlds), we can wait.

    To be clear, I’m not saying rebuild, I just think we have great assets, let them become what they can. Trade isn’t the only route. On that not, please don’t get Lu… I’ve been 50/50 on the issue, but the contract sucks. Luckily, I don’t believe BB would ever take that BS agreement on.

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