The Toronto Maple Leafs last hoisted the Stanley Cup in 1967, the last season the NHL had only six franchises. Toronto last made the NHL playoffs in 2003-04. These facts are even more unbelievable when you consider the franchise helped create the NHL, along with the Montreal Canadiens, in 1918.
The Maple Leafs clearly need big changes to occur within the franchise to turn the luck around. Today, I will discuss some things general manager Brian Burke should do with trades that would put a winning team back in the Air Canada Centre.
These deals would upgrade areas of weakness for the Maple Leafs, and they would significantly impact the ability of Toronto to win now, not a few years down the road.
After 2012-13, the Maple Leafs roster could look a lot different, as a boatload of the franchise’s players become free agents in the summer of 2013. I do not think Burke should wait until then to make all the decisions, though.
Toronto will play the Detroit Red Wings in the 2013 NHL Winter Classic. This would be a great time for the Maple Leafs to show off their new and improved roster to the NHL.
Without further delay, let’s look at four players the Maple Leafs must consider acquiring via trade this offseason.