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01-26-2013, 11:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Hockeylaw View Post
The problem with Leafs management ever since the 2004-05 lockout is that they have assembled a team with no foundation, no backbone. Rather than first acquiring two or three core players you can build a team around, they've acquired a set of players who, while talented in their own right, require an essential infrastructure to be in place before they can access their full potential (see: Kessel without a centreman, Phaneuf without an experienced, responsible defensive partner, etc.).

What we have is a supporting cast with no lead actors.

I think Burke made some tremendous trades, in that he made several trades in which we received more in return than what we sent away. But that does not mean the trades that he made addressed the most pressing needs of this team.

The most pressing needs of this team are in net, and at first-line centre, and not just because of who we have on the roster right now. These are, arguably, the two most important positions in hockey, because having talent in these areas enables the entire team to perform markedly better. We should have filled them first.
Well said.

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