It's Official: The Mess Is All Brian Burke's.

Nelson SantosCorrespondent IMarch 4, 2010

WOODRIDGE, IL - AUGUST 19:  General Manager Brian Burke poses for a portrait during the USA Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Orientation Camp on August 19, 2009 at Seven Bridges Ice Arena in Woodridge, Illinois.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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I'll start off by confessing this is not really an article as much as it's a thought that occurred to me that I simply could not answer for myself.

The question I asked myself after the 3:00 PM trade deadline had come and gone was: What exactly has or is Brian Burke doing as President and General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs to re-build, or for that matter mildly improve, this team/organization moving forward?

I have a few theories and suggestions but they all lead to the same destination which is 'Nothingsville'.

So I was hoping the good readers of the The Bleacher Report would be kind enough to help me find my way through this maze of odd trades, the biggest being the sending of two first round picks for a player that has as many chins, NCAA free agent signings, wining and dining a Swedish netminder that looks to have parlayed a solid World Championship performance and astute marketing by his agent into a NHL contract.

Last time I checked the worst way to get yourself out of a hole was to continue digging.