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Sounds like Brian Burke isn’t going to make any more moves

Sep 11, 2012, 4:32 PM EDT

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Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke made his big splash acquiring James van Riemsdyk from Philly early this summer, but it sounds like that’s it for him.

James Mirtle of The Globe And Mail hears from Burke about how he’s going to stick with what he’s got when it comes to tinkering with the Leafs lineup.

“Based on the lack of activity that I see out there, no I don’t think I’ll do anything else right now,” Burke said before the Leafs teed off for their annual charity golf tournament, an event which generally marks a week or so before training camp. “We’ll probably go with this group.”

When you look at the Leafs’ roster you could say they’re lacking depth on the blue line, but with former Leaf Carlo Colaiacovo being perhaps the best veteran free agent, that’s not a road they’re likely to travel again.

Burke, of course, is under tremendous pressure to the Leafs back to the playoffs as they haven’t been to the postseason since 2003-04, the final season before the last lockout. If nothing else, Burke is headstrong believing in his team.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Sep 11, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    Smart move. There’s a good chance this group will finish the season with zero losses, which would be a big improvement. Only problem is they’d be in a 30-way tie in the standings.

    • tatdue - Sep 11, 2012 at 6:38 PM

      That’s actually pretty funny….hats off

  2. habsman - Sep 11, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    Kind of obvious. Tank the year in hopes of a top two draft pick, MacKinnon or Jones. Might be a good idea actually, they certainly aren’t competing for the Cup this year.

    BTW, would Leaf fans trade Kessell for Seguin and Hamilton today? Brian Burke says he wouldn’t.

    • tatdue - Sep 11, 2012 at 6:37 PM

      Are you really stupid enough to actually believe that a professional sports team or its players would tank a season for a draft pick? Well actually maybe you are since you think that you have the right to criticize Toronto even though they finished the season ahead of your Habs. I’ll take the abuse from anybody but not from a Montreal fan….and meathead Toronto never traded Seguin and Hamilton for Kessel, it was two first round draft pics for Kessel and if you think that they couldn’t get two first rounders for him tomorrow then you are even dumber than I first thought…

      • elguapo12 - Sep 11, 2012 at 6:57 PM

        Two first rounders for Kessel today? I think your Al Iafrate jersey is getting a little tight around the neck area…

      • tatdue - Sep 11, 2012 at 7:44 PM

        @elguapo12 – Oh ya, sorry I just forgot that 6 feet, 200 pound, 24 year old pure goal scorers with 37 goals, 45 assists for what 82 points are a dime a dozen now right…? Yes he’s worth 2 first rounders any day of the week…I don’t care which team you like, he was 7th in goals and 6th in total points last year while playing for Toronto. Come on man, if you know hockey then you know I’m right…

      • habsman - Sep 11, 2012 at 9:26 PM

        [ Are you really stupid enough to actually believe that a professional sports team or its players would tank a season for a draft pick?’]

        Are you really stupid enough to think it never happened before?

        Check back and see how Pittsburgh ended up with Mario. Why do you think they changed to a draft lottery?

        And the only idiot who would trade two number ones and a number two for a soft, one dimensional forward like Kessell, is Brian (Barney Rubble) Burke. I would wager there’s not a team in the league who would trade Seguin straight up for Kessell let alone adding Hamilton and Knight. Certainly not the Bruins. No wonder your team has been the laughing stalk of the league for 45 years.

      • tatdue - Sep 12, 2012 at 9:51 AM

        We’re not talking about 30 years ago, we’re talking about today. Like you said that’s why they came up with the lottery. If you noticed in my first post I did not say “tank a season for the first pick” I said “tank a season for a draft pick” – Do you see the difference? As for the Kessel trade you really don’t get it do you??? There were never any names attached to that trade, the trade was for draft picks…draft picks don’t always work out. This time Boston did good and that’s good for them but to be fair nobody knows how Hamilton will do in the NHL (although he looks like he will be a good player) and as for Knight, nobody knows if he will even make the NHL, he’s still an OHL player and was recently diagnosed with diabetes. That might not be the end all for him but it’s not good either. Also do you really think that Seguin would have put up 67 points centering Toronto’s second line? Now we could argue this all day but it really makes no difference because the trade was for draft pics and Burke didn’t think one of them was going to be the second overall either….That said proven top NHL players are hard to come by and almost any team would be willing to trade picks for them. That’s why Philly was willing to give up 4 first rounders for Weber and also why the Preds signed him because they didn’t think that was enough to let him go. Draft picks are draft picks, they are not players – argue about what happened not how it turned out. If you want to argue about what will happen wait till Toronto gets a legitimate number one center and see how many points Kessel puts up then. He’s the leagues 6th highest point scorer with Bozak as a center!

        Oh ya before I forget…shut up because you’re a Habs fan…whatever you have to say about Toronto’s performance remember that your team is WORSE! Want proof just look at the standings man, learn your place…I’m not going to argue with a Kings fan (or 24 other teams for that matter) about their team sucking so until your team earns that right just shut up and go argue with a Columbus fan…

      • habsman - Sep 12, 2012 at 3:19 PM


        Name one Stanley Cup team that did not build through the draft? The Kessell trade was for two first and one second round draft choice that turned into Seguin, Hamilton and Knight. Did you know that draft pick turn into names eventually?Is there any denying this? Do you see the difference?

        Only Leaf fans are defending this particular trade. The rest of the league is laughing at you. Just like they have for the past 45 (not 30) years. And the reality is, I don’t give a rats arse what you or “Burkie” or anyone else associated with your joke of a franchise does. Except for the fact that the Kessell trade set up, and greatly strengthened a division foe.

        And are you seriously comparing Kessell to Shea Webber? Idiot.

        Oh ya before I forget…shut up because you’re a Leaf fan…whatever you say about Montreal’s performance remember both teams missed the playoffs. But I guess being a Leaf fan 13th is a big victory over 15TH. So good for you! Congrats!

        Enjoy competing for a playoff spot with the Bruins for the next ten years and against young stars that should have been in your line up.

    • palbo0069 - Sep 11, 2012 at 8:14 PM

      The real question is would boston trade seguin and hamilton (and jared knight) for kessel. the answer is a resounding “NO”.

  3. id4joey - Sep 11, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    The one move he needs to make to improve the team is to move out of town as far away as possible from the hockey.

  4. id4joey - Sep 11, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    The one move he needs to make to improve the team is to move out of town as far away as possible from the hockey.

    • tatdue - Sep 11, 2012 at 6:40 PM


  5. jason9696 - Sep 11, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    Any more moves? Has he made any moves besides getting JVR? Getting a half decent goalie might be a good start.

  6. beergold - Sep 12, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    The one good thing about this is …if there is a NHL season the Leafs will be out of the playoff picture by Christmas and we will all get what we wanted for Christmas…Burke gone for good from Toronto!

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