Leafs GM Brian Burke feels squeeze as pressure builds

Pay up? Give Columbus Jake Gardiner, two other good prospects and a first for Rick Nash?

Or say screw it, refuse to bend under the demands of other GMs salivating at the thought of being able to fleece Burke, and do nothing of importance before the trade deadline.

Save the gunpowder for another, more profitable day.

The complication there, of course, is that untouched and unimproved, this Leaf team is headed for a non-playoff finish.

After saying his team was tired in Vancouver last week after two days off, head coach Ron Wilson seemed to suggest again on Thursday after a loss to San Jose that the hockey club is running on fumes, that players must give “whatever you’ve got left in the tank.”

How can that be after only 61 games for a team that as of now is essentially 100 per cent injury-free?

There is growing public sentiment, clearly, that what Burke has built in Toronto isn’t a good, young team on the rise, but rather a fatally flawed team destined to spin its wheels in the middle of the pack for years.

Three weeks ago it was the former. Today, after seven losses in eight games, it looks like the latter, and even a win over limping Washington on Saturday night won’t change that, at least not before Monday’s trade deadline.


12 Responses to Leafs GM Brian Burke feels squeeze as pressure builds

  1. toronto77 says:

    I disagree with the fact that burke has not built a young team on the rise. The team is indeed on the rise. We are only 1 point out of a playoff spot, and in our best opportunity to get the 8th spot since the lockout. We just need a spark dammit. 

  2. 93killer93 says:

    So Wolski to Florida for a 3rd and a player from the minors. Wish Burke would have tried for him.  

  3. mojo19 says:

    I agree 100%

    It's actually a pretty good group.

    My hope is that Burke acquires 3 or 4 pieces at the deadline:

    1.A big forward – guy who can make some kind of impact. High end would be a JVR or Nash, low end would be a Ryan Malone or Steve Ott type.

    2.Another FWD – any capacity, even a role player. Always a good idea in case of injuries and to gear up for a playoff run. You need a little insurance. Sami Pahlsson comes to mind, Mike Knuble (although the Caps and Leafs making a swap is a little crazy given their respective positions in the standings, still its not unheard of for two teams beside eachother to make a deadline trade.)

    3. A veteran goalie – Nabby, Khabby, Rolly, Giggy etc. Anyone who can add another option in goal. We need the insurance in goal.

    4. A veteran d-man** – only as a rental, only if the price is right, and only if we move a d-man or two off our roster in a separate trade. We have a good, young D core, but let's face it, they've been flat lately, we could use the stability and the boost.

  4. mojo19 says:

    I agree, Wolski and Smithson to Florida for next to nothing. Burke hasn't done anything except lose a decent 4th line energy player

  5. 93killer93 says:

    I think Wolski would have been the best option. He's got size and skill and would come cheap.  I would think Boyce has more value than Mike Vernace.  So a 3rd for Wolski isn't that much. This move to me means the Rangers are closing in on Nash or someone else. It looks like we might have to settle for Penner. 

  6. mapleleafsfan says:

    Lol, if this is true I feel like an idiot for ever following hockeybreak.. 

    I guess he still breaks things really quickly, but still it makes half his tweets utter bs.
  7. mojo19 says:

    I don't really care if he has "real insiders" or if he simply finds info quickly and compiles it and sends it out. I will give him credit, he routinely reports info before TSN, sportsnet, etc. So he still serves a purpose.

    I don't believe what he reports to be complete BS, I think he gets his information and sums it up, and sends it out, and its reasonably reliable and consistently fairly accurate.

  8. KingVilly91 says:

    i would try to snag brown and benier from LA before nash what the leafs really need is a number 1 center like a Getzalf 

    so maybe something like
    To Ducks : Kadri, MacArthur Gunnarson 1st or 2nd round pick
    To Leafs : Ryan Getzlaf
    it might be an overpayment but there are going to have to over pay to get what they need
  9. LeafsFTW17 says:

    That's far from an overayment.  Schenn or Aulie would be asked for from the Ducks forsure. 

  10. KingVilly91 says:

    scchenn could be added and take out gunnarson but thats the kind of package it is going to take to get our number 1 center weather it be from the ducks or Stall from the canes i doubt they move him though its just what i think the leafs need they need that big centerman that can take some pressure off kessel and get him open to score more goals

  11. KingVilly91 says:

    schenn* but we would have to throw in komi if we were to get Stall for cap reasons

  12. MystifoLeafs says:

    Honestly its "Hockey Rumors." people are making it out like he was tweeting about Iran aiming missiles at the United States. The way I see we have just seen that the job of Bob Mackenzie, Darren Dregger, Pierre MacGuire, etc could be done (And done effectively) by a 17 year old kid.

    I will still follow him gives me something to read when the day seems to slow down.

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