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12-27-2012, 01:56 PM
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Burke needs to be patient in filling his teams "holes". Dont give up valuable assets.

top-6 center: UFA, try for Weiss, Ontario boy. Not the "big bodied #1 center" Leaf fans constantly clamor for, but he is a skilled 2-way center who puts up points. Boston won a Cup w/ Krejci & Bergeron as their top-6 centers, neither of whom is big bodied. A Weiss-Grabovski 1-2 punch is suitable.

Goalie: Buy Reimer some time, acquire a stop-gap veteran to mentor Reimer for the next season or two. The kid showed some definite skill his rookie year, I wouldnt give up on him yet. Target a Tim Thomas or Jose Theodore.

The Leafs offense wasnt the problem last season, they were ranked in the top half of the league. It was their defense that sputtered. Having Carlyle for a full season will help tremendously. Ofcourse at first the offense may struggle a bit getting accustomed to Carlyles tight 'd' system, but they'll adjust, and JVR will also help out quite a bit.

With Reilly & Gardiner being the young guns & the future of this d-core, Phaneuf, Liles & Gunnarson will have to blend well with the youngsters. If all buy in to Carlyles system, the defense should be quite improved. *And I hate to say this, but it's quite possible Komisarek finds his game again under Carlyle. He suffered under Wilson's coaching style, perhaps this will get him playing tight & sound again.

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