Brian Burke Fired: Ranking His 5 Best Trades as Toronto Maple Leafs GM

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Brian Burke Fired: Ranking His 5 Best Trades as Toronto Maple Leafs GM
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He was honest, he was candid, he was to the point. Brian Burke's exit press conference was not only a look into the soul of Burke, but it was a look back at what Burke accomplished and the building blocks for the future he put in place.

He never got the Leafs to the playoffs, he never found that first-line center or starting goaltender the Leafs needed, but Burke leaves Toronto with his head held high knowing he did the best he could with what he had.

He was given an absolute mess to work with at the start, and barring an absolute miracle, wasn't getting the Leafs into the playoffs early in his tenure.

He did make some controversial moves in the past with the Leafs, but it is his trading expertise that the Leafs will likely miss the most.

He did complete a questionable trade for Phil Kessel, but Kessel is now a top-15 player in the NHL, and the deal in hindsight isn't as bad as it seemed.

Here's a look back at the five best moves made in Burke's tenure.

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