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01-14-2013, 02:16 PM
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Burke move out Stajan Poni, Antropov, Mayers, etc.
And he replaced them with the same type of expendable players:
MacArthur, Komisarek, Steckel, Maclement, Lombardi, Connally, Bozak, Armstrong, Orr, Brown, etc.
Yes - Tallon recognized Horton, Wideman, Booth were solid players that weren't in his long term plans with their contracts. So, yes he dealt them and got good value and picks.
BUT - unlike Burke, he replaced those guys with PRODUCTIVE players like Fleishman, Versteeg (both he had better offensive seasons than Booth and Horton) Bergenheim and Campbell. And, he didn't sacrifice and #1 picks or any future prospects to make his playoff push (which was successful)or fill his current roster.
So if your argument is that Burke did a good job of purging the roster of garbage players...well, 4 years into his tenure, the roster is still pretty much expendable garbage players outside of Phaneuf, Kessel, Gardiner, and Lupul
JVR, Ashton, Biggs, Percy, plus other prospects
All of his trades were amazing deals for the Leafs, however, his UFA signings were horrible at best. Ask anyone and they will agree that the Leafs had nothing in their system or roster, to having a better outlook going forward.
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