Brace yourself—the NHL's Trade Deadline is Monday, Feb. 27, 2012.
With trade talk heating up around the league in response to the closing window of opportunity for GMs to improve their respective teams, imaginations are running wild with speculation.
If his track record for January and early February is any indication, Brian Burke will undoubtedly be looking to make a splash with the Toronto Maple Leafs well ahead of the deadline.
Burke told ESPN on Jan. 6, "We are listening to a lot right now, and there is a good chance something will happen, but I don’t think it’s going to happen today or tomorrow. We’re talking to a lot of teams about a number of things—mostly we’re listening because we like our group—but I can’t sense if something is imminent or not."
Fans are now salivating in anticipation of the magic Burke might display in his next big move as Maple Leafs GM.
Based on the Leafs' current position in the Eastern Conference (7) and the comments by Burke expressing his satisfaction in his players, it may not be in the cards this year for him to make the kind of blockbuster trade that Toronto has come to expect from their GM.
In all likelihood, there may only be a few types of players Burke is on the hunt for.
The most obvious target would be a legitimate No. 1 center as the Leafs have been without one since Mats Sundin's departure at the end of the 2007-08 NHL season.
The next priority would probably come in the form of a responsible two-way forward to add some grittiness to a lineup that has—in large part—been devoid of the so called "truculence" Burke vowed his team would possess.
To pay homage to all of the "what if" scenarios Leaf fans have pondered over the last few weeks—and for the sake of creating a forum for discussion of trade scenarios—here are 10 players the Maple Leafs should relentlessly pursue ASAP.