July 1st is approaching and Maple Leaf's GM Brian Burke is sure to be busy.
With endless trade rumors, free agent possibilities and draft day shenanigans being thrown around, we can be sure of one thing. Burke will make it happen.
Whatever 'it' is, is another story. But I, as well as many others, trust Burke in building this team to be a contender in the 2011 and/or 2012 seasons.
Burke has made a bunch of things fairly clear:
1) He wants to acquire a top six forward, preferably by trade.
2) He is not afraid to re-sign Kaberle, but would like to trade him.
3) Kulemin's asking price is too high right now.
4) Kadri's spot on the team is his to lose.
From these we can gather a couple other things:
1) No one is safe from trade (except certain players for political reasons).
These players would be Kessel (due to trading two first rounders and a second), Kadri (he has basically said Kadri has a spot on the team, PLUS I do not see Burke trading away a highly touted, seventh overall centre.)
Phaneuf (he will be the captain, and unless they could bring in the greatest captain of this century that will be able to play for the next ten tears [I'm lookin at you Toews] he will have a safe spot on the roster).
2) He does not necessarily want to acquire a top five draft pick. (However possible it is or isn't).
3) WIth the signing of Holzer, the strong play of Gunnarsson, the large contract of Jeff Finger and the imminent release of Exelby there will be spots on the blue lineup for grabs in training camp.
Taking all of these things into account, Burke looks to be focusing on offense. Already stacked on the back end from NHL to Junior leagues, the Leafs needs forwards. Burke will get forwards this offseason. I can promise you this, only because Burke is known for his big trade prowess.