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03-15-2012, 12:00 PM
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Burke ‘inclined’ to keep Leafs' first-rounder

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sport...rticle2370083/

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Another night, another team creeps up behind the Toronto Maple Leafs in the standings.

This time it was the Montreal Canadiens, who won in a shootout against the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday to move to 67 points, one back of the Leafs.

Toronto now sits in a group of five teams ranked 24th to 28th, separated by only one point, with the season’s final 12 games determining who finishes in the draft lottery and who doesn’t.

Given their 17-game freefall, it’s now possible the Leafs will have as high as third spot in the lottery, which comes with a 14.2-per-cent chance of winning the first overall pick.

While there’s a sizable contingent of the Leafs fan base that is worried that Leafs GM Brian Burke will move the pick for more immediate help, he said this week it’s more likely they keep it.

Even if other GMs are already calling him about it.

“[We’re] inclined to keep the pick,” Burke said, “but listening [to offers] already.”

It obviously depends on the offers, but keeping the pick is the right decision on a number of fronts, as the top four or five players available should be able to make a fairly high impact in time for the 2013-14 season.

The only question is if Burke, who may feel his job is in jeopardy after four consecutive seasons missing the playoffs, decides he needs to improve the Leafs right away, something an 18-year-old not named Nail Yakupov likely can’t offer.

What a top five pick will give Toronto is some much needed hope for the future, with a bona fide high end prospect to add to the roster on a low entry level salary for three years.

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03-15-2012, 12:04 PM
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Oh hell yeah, trade it away Burke. I wanna see some of the people here lose their minds.

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“[We’re] inclined to keep the pick,” Burke said, “but listening [to offers] already.”
And here comes the ****-storm!

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Burke's job isnt in Jeopardy. So thats not a factor.

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Now, its still possible he trades it.....for a higher pick

CBJ 1st

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Leafs 1st + Schenn + B prospect

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This is the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Not a single person should be suprised if they trade away there first round pick.

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It's all about asset management. If Burke can get a top five selection that will pay in the $3 million range (including bonuses) as opposed to a player making $6+ million in a trade than Burke is better off making the selection in the draft. Tying up money on higher priced players who are veterans is not always the smart move under a salary cap system.

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03-15-2012, 12:07 PM
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Like all good Managers Burke will keep all options open and make an informed decision at the appropriate time.

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Good. We are in absolutely no position to be moving out high picks.

Of course they're listening to offers, just like any team with a high pick would, but it may not mean anything.

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Now, its still possible he trades it.....for a higher pick

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To get someone like Yakupov, I'd consider that. This team certainly could use a home grown future star.

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Better keep it. If not, let it be used to trade up for a higher one. But if it's too pricey, JUST KEEP IT BURKE.

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I swear to god if Burke trade first round pick to Nash I'll......!!!

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Is Yakupov the only Player projected to be able to step straight into the League?
Is the KHL a concern?

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For the Blue Jackets first yeah they'd want.

Toronto's first, Gardner, Kulimen.

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Now, its still possible he trades it.....for a higher pick

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Lol wat...if we end up with third overall that's hardly worth it...

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I swear to god if Burke trade first round pick to Nash I'll......!!!
I don't think there's any concern about KHL with Yakupov. He's been here in North America for a while now.

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For the Blue Jackets first yeah they'd want.

Toronto's first, Gardner, Kulimen.
You are out of your mind. Gardiner and Kulemin to go up 2 spots?

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We better keep it. He better not trade it just to assure himself of playoffs next year.

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I swear to god if Burke trade first round pick to Nash I'll......!!!
I would lose it

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Burke is pretending to want to to make it appear more valuable.

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Is Yakupov the only Player projected to be able to step straight into the League?
Is the KHL a concern?
Murray will for sure, Grigorenko could as well.

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it's a comparatively shallow draft outside the top5.

if leafs pick outside of the top5, it might make sense to deal the pick in the right circumstances (aka, offered a young point-producer & lower round 1st in return).

too many of you think too much in black and white. burke would be an idiot if he didn't consider his options.

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You are out of your mind. Gardiner and Kulemin to go up 2 spots?
two spots? Too early to say.

Leafs could just as well end up picking 8th or 9th.

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He wouldn't be doing his job if he wasn't listening. You guys have serious issues.

Tambellini has been saying for years that he would listen to offers on his top pick. Every GM going through this says that he'll listen, bla bla bla.

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Murray will for sure, Grigorenko could as well.
Step into the League or go to the KHL?

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