NHL Trade Deadline Has Passed, What Is Burke's Plan For The Future?

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NHL Trade Deadline Has Passed, What Is Burke's Plan For The Future?

I'll be the first to admit, this article is only my opinion based upon different rumors and facts/statistical information that I have been able to dig up.

After a rather inactive trade deadline having come and gone, and a season so far down the drain most Leaf fans are wishing that the season was over already, I find myself playing the job of armchair GM and thinking about what Brian Burke has up his sleeves for the offseason.

Burke has sprung some darn-near magical moves in his management career.

Everything from his 1999 draft: moving down and then up again to select both of the Sedin twins for Vancouver, to his fleecing of Edmonton in landing Chris Pronger, to landing Dion Phaneuf (a not-so-long ago Norris Trophy Candidate as the best defenseman in the league) and Jean-Sebastien Giguere (a Stanley Cup winner and owner of a Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP) for spare parts earlier this season.

Frankly, the man has moves.

He also has a type of player that he likes to build his teams around, usually of the "North American, physically punishing to play against" variety.

With these points in mind, I've gone ahead and dug through rumors and speculation as well as facts and press conferences to come up with, at least in my mind, what will be Brian Burke's most likely course of action come this offseason.

Toronto's Potential 2010/11 NHL Lineup:

? - ? - Kessel
Stalberg/Caputi/Kadri - Bozak - ?
Sjostrom - ? - Kulemin
Lundmark - Primeau - Orr

Beauchemin - Phaneuf
Komisarek - Schenn
Gunnarsson - Frogren


Not Re-signed:
Exelby, J. Mitchell, Van Ryn, Wallin

Most Likely Callups:

If Burke manages to pull off the moves listed on the next few pages, it allows him the ability to rotate the likes of Caputi, Stalberg, and Kadri in and out of the Leafs lineup, probably at the second line's Left Wing/Centre position.

Top Six:
V. Stalberg, L. Caputi, N. Kadri, M. Stefanovich

Top Nine:
C. Hanson, C. DiDomenico

Bottom Six:
J. Rosehill, K. Rogers, A. Berry, D. Mitchell, A. Deveaux

Top D-men:
K. Aulie, P. Oreskovic

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