Donít worry Leaf fans, this is just a piece of the puzzle in Gasbag Burke's master plan: donít peak too early!!!
Gasbag Burke doesnít have a clue! He signed 2 marginal defensemen as free agents, grossly overpaying for one (Komisarek) while another (Beauchemin) would be easier to find on a milk carton than on the ice. And how about the Kubina for Exelby trade? Exelby canít even get in the lineup! A quarter of your forwards canít contribute anything but fisticuffs. Worst of all, Gasbag Burke has gambled away your future (3 premium draft picks), plus grossly overpaid again, for a moody and selfish player who wonít put up anywhere near the numbers he did in Boston. Gasbag Burke has to be the most over-rated G.M. in the NHL. What did he really accomplish in Vancouver? The Canucks were and remained a middle of the league kind of team who could and would goon it up (Booootuzzi, May, etc) when Burke was G.M. there. Blowhard Burke them moves to Anahiem and inherits an up and coming team built by Bryan Murray (Getzlaf, Penner, Perry). As for Neidermayer, he took a $1M paycut from NJ to play with his brother Ė windbag Burke had nothing to do with that acquisition. And Pronger - he (his wife) wanted out of Edmonton and the Ducks were one of the teams on his (wifeís) short list Ė again any G.M. could make that deal. So, that Anaheim team goes on to win the Cup when he happened to be G.M. there.
Gasbag Burke has absolutely no history of building a winner. Itís obvious that Jurke has no clue on how to build a team from the ground up. Essentially, the Leafs are an expansion team - a collection of cast-offs, overpaid free agents, a few decent kids being overplayed or in the minors, and absolutely no depth. Most G.M.s would take the draft route to build an expansion team. But not Burke, he decides that he can add a few pieces (mostly goons) and trades away the most prized assets of an expansion team for a player better suited to a high powered offensive team. Windbag Burke is nothing more than a loud mouthed egomaniac who can (in his humble opinion) do no wrong and whose vision of a modern NHL contender is seriously out of date.