Why The Maple Leafs Can and Will Make The Playoffs Next Year

Josh LawrenceContributor IMay 11, 2010

TORONTO, ON - FEBRUARY 8:  Nazem Kadri #43 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates in the warm-up prior to a game against the San Jose Sharks on February 8, 2010 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario. The Sharks defeated the Leafs 3-2. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
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Three things come into mind when I think of my favorite team the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Bad Luck, Poor Managment, and players who are so used to failing they do not care to make the playoffs. Now, I think to make the playoffs at least some of the factors in the Leafs failure have to go.

Now with Brian Burke at the helm and Dave Nonis as his assistant I'd say we've pretty much shed the image of poor management. That's the first big step, Brian Burke has traded the likes of Matt Stajan, Niklas Hagman, Vesa Toskala, Jamal Mayers, Jason Blake. Look who he has brought in. People that want to win. Dion Phaneuf, Tyler Bozak, Christian Hanson, Mike Komisarek, Francois Beauchemin, Jonas Gustavsson, Jussi Rynnas, and Ben Scrivens just to name a few.

If you haven't noticed us Leafs fans pointing out how good our season ended yet than I will tell you, we finished with a bang.

We shed the bad management and low worth ethic. Now all we need is luck and a few more pieces to the puzzle. Another natural-born sniper, they have playmaking specialist in Bozak at center and a couple of big 3rd line wingers with second line potential.

Here's a couple of things I can see happening.

To Anaheim:

Tomas Kaberle

John Mitchell

To Toronto:

Bobby Ryan

To Philadelphia:

Mikhail Grabovski

Francois Beauchemin

James Reimer

To Toronto:

Jeff Carter

Resign Nikolai Kulemin and Christian Hanson

Acquire Via Free Agency

Colby Armstrong

Tomas Plekanec


The lines will hopefully something like this




Mitchell-Hanson- Orr






These are my plans for the Maple Leafs hopefully burke follows through