I wonder if perhaps there's any gas left in the Brian Burke Tank o' Miracles. The mainstream media would have us believe Burke left for Sweden to lock up the Sedins, which of course makes no sense. There's still time left to swing a decent deal for Lacavalier, for example.
I can't figure out, however, why Burke on behalf of Leafs fans would blast Heatley publicly for his bad judgement in his demand to be traded. I would've signed Heatley in a heartbeat. He's big and tough.
It wasn't such a long time ago when Burke implied that come Draft Day young and hot prospect Tavares would be wearing a Leafs jersey on the road to the Cup next spring.
I thought we might end up with the younger Schenn, and I still think Kaberle remains trade bait, though admittedly he's one of the few who can move the puck up - as Finger will continue in his shut 'em down role - on this "new look" team.
Under the 'bigger tougher' category, Burke and his executive team have delivered unto the team, given the slim pickins' available through free agency, Colton Orr (to replace the infamous Ryan Hollweg ... because we like bringing in boxers from MSG), as well as Mike Komisarek, Garnet Exelby and Colin Stuart. Big and tough.
All that bigness and toughness doesn't score goals. And these bigger and tougher guys won't do us any good in the penalty box either. Coach Wilson will have his work cut out maintaining discipline. But if he succeeds in this upcoming season, and he really won't have a choice, then it'll certainly be another season on the road to the Cup.
But who are they going to protect? Grabovski. Stajan. Kulemin. Mitchell. Of course there's always Ponikarovsky and his size and skills. Thus, I think Burke has a really big deal coming down the pipes any day or week. I'll wait. The Leafs need a scorer, a man with finish. Wait. What was I thinking? Blake, and Hagman.
This upcoming season, I'm looking forward to some bone-crushing hits, some Chris Nilan type fights, and some nifty goals. Big men, going fast. I predict both Brad May and Jamal Mayers will have comeback seasons, especially the latter. Though I wouldn't be surprised if come Day One they are playing on other teams, making room for Hanson and Stuart, the new big Leafs tough guy.