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11-12-2012, 12:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Drop the Sopel View Post
Yup, if Burke acquires Luongo he won't want to diminish the roster doing it. The goal will be to compete instantly. Considering the Leafs depth chart, Matt Finn would have to be in the deal.

To Van- Kulemin, Biggs, Finn
To Tor- Luongo, Raymond

Toronto loses virtually nothing off their starting roster and Rielly and Gardiner make Finn expendable. Biggs isn't ready to contribute much of anything over the next 2-3 years, so his loss isn't a big one either...

This deal likely gets the Leafs into the playoffs over the next couple years. Something that will be very important if they want to retain their only 2 1st line talents in Lupul and Kessel going forward.

Burke just can't risk another season on the outside looking in. Too much risk of Lupul wanting to move on to a winning team and Kessel following him a year later.

To Van: MacArthur, Colborne/Kadri, Percy + Salary dump (Connolly/Lombardi)
To Tor: Luongo, Raymond

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