Everyone, the following is not a rumour. It's just my opinion about the draft, free agents, and, of course, my two-cent idea of what the Toronto Maple Leafs plans are for the summer.
Let's start with the NHL Draft.
Friday night was disappointing for me as a Maple Leafs fan, but when I woke up Saturday morning, things started clicking in my head about Brian Burke's plan. There are two reasons why we are very mad at Burke.
1. Burke raised everyone's hopes, to the extent where we were expecting Tavares or Duchene. It didn't happen, not because Burke didn't try, but the Islanders were not willing to trade their pick, and I don't blame them, based on the situation they are in. For the No. 2 pick, the asking price was Tomas Kaberle and the seventh pick, or Kaberle and Luke Schenn.
2. Unlike other general managers we had in the past, Burke is the most patient we've had in a very long time. We are not used to being patient. The Leafs have missed the playoffs for four years, but Burke doesn't give a shit about that because he wasn't here for those four years.
In conclusion, we need to be patient.
Nazem Kadri is a solid player, please do some research. He has character. He will not back down from anyone.
Burke is not done yet. We don't need any of the top three players from the draft, if we have to give up Kaberle and Schenn.
Kaberle will be traded; Burke has done an excellent job and he will get the max (possible top draft pick, prospect, and a roster player) once again PATIENCE pays off.
Kubina will be traded and the reason is very simple. Once Kaberle is traded, Kubina's value rises automatically, not as much as Kaberle, but we will possibly get a late first round and a roster player or prospect. Burke will not take chances with either of these two players' No Trade Clause.
Goodbye, Kaberle and Kubina. Thanks for your service.
This is where we have the advantage over a lot of teams and Burke knows it.
We should use our money to get some great players without giving any draft picks.
There is no chance the Sedin Twins are coming here so take them off the list.
There is no chance for Gaborik to come here either.
I think there is strong chance Chris Neil will land in Toronto because Burke loves the rivalry between Ottawa and Toronto.
With the toughness Burke seeks, he will sign Neil, a good third or fourth line player. Neil will be active in all games against Ottawa. The only other top free agent player I think will land in Toronto is Mike Cammellari and I will absolutely love this.
We will bring more free agents to the team, but no big names. Also Burke will not sign anyone for more than two years, maybe three if he has to.
I think Ponikarovski's days are numbered in Toronto.
So Leafs fans, let's be patient and give Burke some time, at least until December 2009, when he completes his first full year as general manager.
Let's give Burke some credit when he deserves it.
He landed Bozak, Henson, and may land a Swedish goalie without giving up a draft pick or current player. I trust BB and I think he will turn the team around and make this team tough again.
Our defense will crush all the superstar teams.
Philadelphia overpaid to acquire Pronger...Hahahaha!
Teams will overpay to obtain either of our defensemen.
Stay safe and happy Canada Day to everyone.
I know where I'll be on Canda Day—in front of my television to see Camallari and Neil sign with Toronto.