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08-05-2009, 12:01 PM
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Until Burke begins mortgaging the future for veteran or over the hill talent (Rask for Raycroft, 1st, 2nd, 4th for Toskala, 2nd for Perreault) we can't make that claim yet. Although your comparisons on the vet movement may become valid based on the opening night roster.
Well, why sign Wallin? Don't we have enough younger guys to play or at least try out in the 7-9th forward spots? Why trade for Primeau? Why get rid of Stralman and acquire Exelby...can't Oreskovic, who did decently in his callup last season, be the 6th or 7th guy? We'll never find out now. If White can play 20 minutes, why have the Leafs blocked him out of the top 4 by signing Komisarek and Beauchemin?
The answer is simple...all the things Burke's doing are "now" moves, to make the playoffs THIS year. Just like Ferguson tried to do.
There's no rebuilding going on.
I'm willing to give Burke a bit of rope as I've done with any Leafs GM.
Sure. And I think he's a superior GM to JFJ. But it's obvious that no "rebuild" will be happening under his watch.
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