"If Players Are Not Happy: Burke Will Accommodate"

Mitch. Mitchell.Correspondent IJanuary 31, 2010

TORONTO - SEPTEMBER 26:  Tomas Kaberle #15 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates by the Leafs bench to celebrate with teammates during a break in NHL preseason game action against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Air Canada Centre on September 26, 2008 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Penguins defeated Leafs 5-4.  (Photo By Dave Sandford/Getty Images)
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It is always sad to see players traded in such major fashion, but if you are not producing, and you are not happy, then Burke will find you a new home.

Such was the case with Toronto today.

Something had to happen, it was like an old rocking chair, you don't really want to part with it, but it is not comfortable any more.

Burke was not very comfortable with the team or the players.

I have no intentions of setting here bad-mouthing the players that are gone, it was a situation where they were not putting their best effort forward.

Calgary got four very good hockey players, and a change is as good as a rest.

As for White, he was carrying a very heavy load back there on the blueline.

It got to a point where the mistakes were going to start to mount, just because of all the presure.

Hagman was getting wiped out much too often, for the simple reason, he was putting himself in that position, by trying so hard.

Stajon wanted to play with Kessel, and Wilson was trying to get the best out of what he had, and therefore just could not spread the talent anymore.

All of this took it's toll on Mat Stajon, a very fine hockey player, he will play well in Calgary.

Jamal Mayer is a competitor and just want's to play and get a couple of more years out of the old body, he will also do well in the Calgary's style of play.

Toskala, he is not all to blame, because of the many mistakes by the Leaf D-men.

But I do believe that Toskala made a bad situation worse, for himself.

Blake still has the wheels, but you can not skate like he does on every shift and not accomplish anything, age in his case, will be the judge, like many others.

Phaneuf will be great with Kaberle on the powerplay, a must, he is also young and a little on the chippy side with a good shot.

Sjostrom is much needed with his smarts, but he is young as well as Aulie, these two players are a wait and see.

J.S.Giguere is the question, he is a great goalie and has proven that in the past, but so was Toskala.

A couple more trades could be in the wind, come Olympic time, we will see.