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08-02-2012, 01:09 PM
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The Hockey News: Maple Leafs with work to do

http://www.thehockeynews.com/article...ork-to-do.html


Lyle Richardson
2012-08-02 12:57:00

Nearly a month ago, Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke assured fans he wasn’t done seeking upgrades for his roster. Those upgrades have yet to materialize.

Sportsnet’s Mike Brophy wrote Leafs fans were impatiently waiting for Burke to add an experienced defenseman and a first-line center, suggesting the Leafs GM would have to get creative to address those needs before the start of the season.

Easier said than done.

It hasn’t been for lack of effort by Burke and his staff over the past month, but rather the lack of available talent in the trade and free agent markets.



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pretty much bang on

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Nothing new here - he did his best not to mention the fact that no quality UFA's are interested in playing for this Organization if/when they do become available.

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One would think that someone who writes about hockey would take into account that the cap will most likely go down and that will affect the availability of players. Not one word about it.

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I feel like I have read this before.......

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Nothing new here - he did his best not to mention the fact that no quality UFA's are interested in playing for this Organization if/when they do become available.
Probably because he prefers not to look foolish by dabbling in something he can't offer proof for (that which you call "fact" is sorely lacking in any form of evidence, thus making its "factual" nature rather dubious, to say the least)?

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Breaking news!

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Still 2 months for Burke to succeed in his quest to improve the team.

I have no doubt he'll make the moves he said he would.

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Well no ****.

Might as well write a topic about how water is wet.

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Media has no patience. The price will start to go down on players who want out of their respective teams..

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replace "possibility" with "probability" at this point. maybe something will shake out in camp.

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It's great that Burke isn't done seeking upgrades to the roster but how is this different then what every other team in the league is trying to also accomplish?

This year should be viewed more as a development year with Burke needing to maximize value he gets for our secondary players in CMac, Connolly, Lombardi and potentially even Bozak well working in the next generation of secondary players in Kadri, Colborne, etc.

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It hasnít been for lack of effort by Burke and his staff over the past month, but rather the lack of available talent in the trade and free agent markets.
Same tired old story. Yet other teams are making moves and signing UFA's to improve their teams.

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My god how irrelevant has the Hockey News become? That's what passes for an "article" on their website now? Let me summarize that article for everyone:

"Leafs trying to make moves but it's hard".

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My god how irrelevant has the Hockey News become? That's what passes for an "article" on their website now? Let me summarize that article for everyone:

"Leafs trying to make moves but it's hard".
Basically that. What big name UFA's could've been signed? Parise and Suter were always a package deal and neither we're coming to Canada. We already have Semin, in the form of Phil. I would've like him but thats besides the point. He addressed getting bigger in the top 6 with the addition of JVR. He also added simply by subtracting Schenn and his liability on defense.

If we end up getting Luongo after the CBA talks, or even before that I think alot of people around here will change their tune...we'll have one of the top 10 goalies in the league. If not then, we'll just have to wait and see what we have with Reimer and Scrivs. I personally think we will be looking at a lottery if we go with those two though.

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Article is on the money. People here get suckered every off season that the team will be improved, and it never happens.

Don't worry guys, tons of elite players coming up through the system. I mean the Marlies did make the finals, and we picked future top stars in the last couple drafts.

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There is no need to panic as there is still plenty of time for Burke to trade Kadri, Colborne, Gardiner or whomever/whatever it takes to land that #1 C, #1 G and top pairing defender to improve the team for next season.

The only information missing at this point is when and who that might be that is on the way in and out.

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Honestly the worst offseason for trades I ever done seen. I'm just happy we at least have one trade under our belts at this point, seems like 20 other teams haven't made a move at all.

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Burke will make the moves but im not sure waiting is smart. By then it might be too late. The best option for center is Getz from anahiem. For goal its Lu and that is why Toronto hasnt done nothing in net so far. They do want him but not at Gillis's ridiculous price. Even after the cba Lu's long contract will have a impact in the long run so his value isnt what Gillis wants. Statsny is another option in center. Hiller along with Getz would fix both goal and center. Anyways we have to wait till Burke does something. I just hope it aint too late. I agree it has been the worst offseason in the history of the NHL. Slow Boring and just annoying. Oh and Bettman stop wasting your time with crap American cities and bring all those Oliver twist american teams that cant support thier teams North to Canada. Thats where they belong and the reason theres a cap.


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Honestly the worst offseason for trades I ever done seen. I'm just happy we at least have one trade under our belts at this point, seems like 20 other teams haven't made a move at all.
25 NHL teams finished ahead of our Leafs therefore were already better to begin with.

Leafs need to make moves to start passing some of them in the standings.

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Still plenty of time left for Burkie to make changes. Be patient.

Both him and Poulin said changes are coming, and I believe them.

I don't see us landing a #1 C between now and camp, Leafs are going to try JVR as their #1 C and if that works out we have our big #1 C. If that doesn't work out, they will continue to explore trade possibilities for a #1 C.

Poulin said the Leafs are not done with moves this off season in a recent interview. He said there is a lot of conversation going on right now and it will continue to go on. They still have a couple things they would like to do.

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Still 2 months for Burke to succeed in his quest to improve the team.

I have no doubt he'll make the moves he said he would.
Training camp starts in September and the CBA ends in September...

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I really have a hard time believing Vancouver would actually ask for Gardiner in return for Loungo.

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