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Toronto Maple Leaf News and Rumors
Burke made it clear he wanted Brayden Schenn in a leaf uniform in the next couple of years. TSN even caught his disgust on camera when the Kings drafted Schenn this year, but Burke hasn’t given up on the Schenn brothers in Toronto. Rumor is Burke is currently working out a deal which would see Toronto send Tomas Kaberle and Jiri Tlusty to Los Angeles in exchange for Alexander Frolov, Brayden Schenn and the Kings 1st rounder. Frolov put up 59pts in 77 games and has been on a decline in the past couple years. In the WHL Schenn put up 88pts in 70 games. The Kings hope to make the playoffs next year meaning their pick will likely be in the 10-16 category. In Return they recieve a top 2 defenceman in Kaberle who usually puts up at least 50pts and a promising young forward in Jiri Tlusty who put up 66pts in 66 games for the marlies and added 4pts in 14 games for the Leafs this past year.
Common sense tells us that the Leafs will trade at least 1 of their Dmen away to get a forward(s). Brian Burke was on TheFan 590 today and did absolutely nothing to dismiss these rumors.
I suggest we look at a couple options about what we could get in return for some of them.
First off lets look at Toronto Defencemen
As a leaf fan, I cannot see how our team is going to penalty kill let alone score goals. One thing that I think Burkie should do is this:
I Everyone, the following is not a rumour Its just my opinion about the draft, Free agents and of course my 2cent idea of what Leafs plans are for coming up summer.
As draft day roles around more and more rumors of trades are talked about. Especially talks about Leafs all-star defenceman Tomas Kaberle. Burke has already let his intentions known as he is still after London sniper John Tavares, with Brayden Schenn being his backup.
Toronto among teams sniffing around Atlanta’s No. 4 pick
Tim Wharnsby — Globe and Mail
Perhaps Brian Burke has a trading partner before the NHL entry draft, after all.
Brian Burke stated on TSN (video All Quiet) he was prepared to move down a few spots if the player they want to draft is still available.
…. and, like the NYI GM Snow did last year with the Isles top pick- trade down a few times this year with the Maple Leafs pick?
Actually, Burke would still be pullin’ a Burkie, because that’s exactly what he did last year with the Ducks 1st rounder when he traded down twice and picked up a few extra picks in the process.
This is what i think could happen on draft day….
If by some miracle Tavares is still on the board after the Islanders pick hes a Maple Leaf…. If not and he is taken, the leafs will drop back and grab Zach Kassian…. This guy is good check him out, and the best part is the leafs will still get another pick or two when they grab him….. Look for teams willing to unload mistake contracts on Toronto….
The Draft starts off with the Islanders selecting hedman to the suprise of many fans
The Lighting select Tavares, the avalance get the no brainer in Matt Duchene, and the Thrashers select a skilled gritty winger in Evander Kane.
The kings select Brayden Schenn and the coyotes go with the big d-man Jared Cowen.
The leafs make a trade. They trade down to 11th with nashville. The leafs trade the 7th pick to the preds for the 11th, 42nd and 72nd picks( This isnt original, I read it in another article and liked the idea)
Toronto selects Zach Kassian with the 11th.
The leafs trade kaberle to florida for the 14th pick, 44th pick and shawn mathias(Maybe too much return)
The Leafs select Ryan Ellis/John Moore, whoever is still available
This leaves leafs with 42, 44, 50, 58, 68 and 72 in first 3 rounds
They then select olivier roy with 42nd, alex chaission with 44th pick, Brayden Mcnabb with 50, Taylor Doherty with 58, alexander avtsyn with 68, Ben Hanowski with 72
On draft day the leafs are going for a higher pick but who wll they trade to get it? Well there are a few they need to move like, Nik Hagman With a 3 Million dollars a season should be traded, Boyd Devereaux could go due to the fact the leafs are set in the Center Spot, Pavel Kubin can with they big money contract isn’t playing at the level he should, Tomas Kaberle can go if there is a trade for a pick but he is still good.
Soooo, it didn’t take long for the center of the universe to get to Brian Burkes head. Not only is he walking a very thin ethical and legal line by talking about players under contract, he is shaming the future Leafs Captain and the most solid building block the Leafs have had since Sundin in Luke Schenn, not to mention setting himslef up for a huge faceplant at the draft table and upstaging the greatest playoff round of hockey in memory.
There have been countless proposals & wild speculation in regards to the Maple Leafs draft day strategy however, I would like to take a more logical look at the possibilities.
The Leafs currently hold the 7th overall pick in the upcoming entry draft which is speculated to be the deepest in years. The projected top ten NHL hopefulls all show the potential to be a solid building block for their respected NHL clubs.
this off season weve all heard alot of speculation about what brian burke might have up his sleeve, but lets get some of your opinions.
when i think of the leafs roster i think of a team in need of alot of changes, basicly been in rebuild mode since the late 60s with little to no accomplishment to date,
1) Seriously, their are many talks about the Leafs going for number one getting John Tavares with the number one talk. Why wouldn’t they be talking about it? He’s the best player in the draft, the hometown boy, and his favorite team are the Leafs. Heck, its similar to when everyone believed Sydney Crosby should play for the Habs a few years back.
It has officially been announced that Luke Schenn will be representing Canada at the 2009 World Championships. Schenn was informed Saturday, after the teams win over ottawa, by joe nieuwendyk. The rest of the roster is expected to be announced by tommorrow morning.
The leafs trade with tampa at the trade deadline left many people wondering what was going on. With Lecavalier’s new contract starting next year the lightning could use some cap space. Rumors are that the leafs took on Kolzig in an attept to land a top 2 pick on draft day. The rumor is that the leafs would agree to take on Malone’s contract in exchange the lightning would give their first rounder (2nd overall) for the leafs first rounder (7th overall and one of their second rounders)
It looks like because of a number of wins in the last month the leafs will end up drafting in the 5-8 range. Who would you take around here. In my opinion the leafs should pick Brayden Schenn. He is a good 2-way player. He is physical and would only get better playing with his older brother. Who would you pick.
This is my second post here. I had no choice but to leave my opinion about Maple Leaf Fans.
First of, I am a Die Hart Leaf fan my self, It make me sick to read comment from people who have no idea about hockey, complaining about What Brian Burk should do, How much they hate Brian Burk because what he said on his interviews.