Shhh, don't tell anyone about this thread because it's taboo. What was your favourite Burke move to date?
Which do you think will be the one that best represents his goal or vision?
Is it a trade? Draft pick? Signing?
Please, only your favourite Burke moves.
If you don't have one, or feel like turning this into another Kessel is a disaster thread, please move along.
For me, it's two:
A) drafting Biggs. I don't know why, but I have a great feeling about this kid and what he will become with the Leafs. He's got power forward written all over him, and the thought of him in the top six is jut awesome.
B) the Carlyle hiring. RC is the coach Burke wants and envisions coaching HIS team. I have no doubt Burke will get him the players and started already with JvR.
Bringing in Gardiner and Lupul. I don't know if Lupul will be a Leaf in 5 years or if he can keep up his pace from last year (may have been a statistical anomaly) but I think we have something special in Gardiner.
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There are a lot of moves I really like. The Kaberle one is a favourite, I think Colborne could become a really good player, plus it helped us to draft Biggs, who I too am a big fan of, and got us Liles, a replacement for Kaberle and a mentor for our young PMDs.
The Phaneuf deal was great. People are very hard on Phaneuf, but he's a very solid defenceman, and will continue to improve as he grows with this team and matures as a man. He's only just entering his prime years, and he will be a beast for us for a long time. We also got Aulie, who I liked, but was dealt for Ashton, who I also like. A former 1st-rounder, he has good potential to become a top-9 power-forward.
Drafting Rielly and Kadri. I can't wait to see what these guys will become. They have so much talent, and if they can make it translate to the NHL game, they could both have incredible careers.
I like the Beauchemin deal. We moved out a piece that wasn't performing well in our system for our top-line LW in Lupul and Gardiner.
Brett Lebda & Robert Slaney for Cody Franson & Matthew Lombardi
Francois Beauchemin for Joffrey Lupul & Jake Gardiner
Tomas Kaberle for Joe Colborne, 1st round pick (Percy?), 2nd round pick (Liles)
I also like that he likes big, physical teams who dictate the game (same style I love!), hopefully he can make this team one of the toughest teams in the league if not the toughest. I would love for us to lead the NHL in hits and fights every season.
I also like the hiring of Carlyle due to him also liking big, tough teams. Hopefully he can get this team playing more physical and standing up for each other and dropping the gloves more.
Why the hell would you start this thread... You know what it is going to lead to... (and I can't say why, because apparently blanket statements targeting nobody are attacks)
Anyway, Lupul and Gardiner trade is my favourite. I had a good feeling about Lupul, while many wrote him off as a salary dump. Liked it at the time, and it just kept getting better and better and better.
I like a lot of Burkes moves. I am one of the fans that see how he has done more good than bad for the Leafs. He has came out and said he won't trade futures for a quick fix so he can make the playoffs. If he gets fired for not making the playoffs he doesn't care as long as at the end of the day he did everything he could to make the Leafs a competitive team for the future year after year.
But for the sake of the thread
Lupul and Gardiner
The only thing Burke is failing me on is NOT GETTING A FREAKING GOALIE. I hope Reimer has had a good summer and is healthy and ready for camp. I think he can be a starter. But looking at the past starting goalies we had.. jesus no wonder we were in the basement.
The Beauchemin trade is my clear favourite, but I think the JVR trade has potential to be a really great one aswell.
And drafting Rielly.
Agreed about the JVR trade. I'm a big Schenn fan, and I do think he'll have a great career in Philly, but we're going to be able to give JVR the kind of opportunity that he needs to take the next step in his development and become a consistently dominant forward. Really excited to see how he fares at Center too, and am glad that Carlyle's going to give it a decent shot, not just a tiny stint.