The Toronto Maple Leafs had one of their most disappointing years this past season. What hurts more is that the year started out so well, well enough that they were at one point the best team in the league. Then everything fell apart, necessitating changes to be made this offseason.
The obvious needs are for a first-line center and a reliable goaltender. If the Leafs can go out and fill those needs, this offseason will finally be considered a success, and they will have a much better shot at the playoffs next season.
Brian Burke might also make some other changes to the bottom six to fit the game that coach Randy Carlyle employs.
This offseason will go a long way to determine the future of the Leafs and their general manager, Burke. If their offseason leads to a successful a 2012-13 season, nothing will change in terms of Burke's position. However, if the Leafs fail to make the playoffs again, Burke could be on his way out.
Here are the steps that Burke might take to make sure that doesn't happen.