Three Key Acquisitions For The Leafs On Their Quest for the Cup

Graeme Boyce@CivilizedGraemeCorrespondent IJune 16, 2009

TORONTO - APRIL 11:  Lee Stempniak #12 of the Toronto Maple Leafs tries to control the puck in a game against the Ottawa Senators on April 11, 2009 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario. The Leafs defeated the Senators on the strength of a 3 goal performance by Boyd Devereaux #22. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

The hockey season is over, and now comes the fun part for Leafs fans around the world. We know Brian Burke will not be sitting still over the next few weeks, as he will be squirming to land junior superstar Tavares. 

Speaking of the draft, Luke Schenn's younger brother would do well in a Leafs uniform. 

But the real fun part will be determining whether either Heatley or Lacavalier will look better in a Leafs uniform. Or both. Call me crazy, but the team - and the fans - can afford them.

Burke has quite a bucket full of young defensemen, such as Phil Oreskovic, Jaime Sifers, and Anton Stralman, to dip into.  But if Burke is looking to strengthen the front lines, then that makes a few of our Marlies expendable: Kris Newbury, Ryan Hamilton, Jeremy Williams, and Ben Ondrus.

The Leafs took on a few extra salaries, courtesy of Tampa Bay, toward the end of this past season, so it makes me wonder what Burke has up his sleeve. Lacavalier will double his salary in sponsorship and endorsements in Toronto. Even his awful driving record will not eclipse Heatley's pair of 50+ goal seasons.

Kaberle, as I've stated, would benefit from a change of scenery.

Burke has already brought about some decent coaching help for our young goalies in Francois Allaire. This makes it seem like a reasonable assumption that Gerber will now backstop Toskala while Pogge is tuned up.

Is anyone else debating in the pubs and on the patios what might be in store for us this fall...?