Toronto Maple Leafs: A Busy Off-Season Ahead

Tanner ThompsonContributor IJune 24, 2010

MONTREAL, QC - JUNE 26:  Brian Burke of the Toronto Maple Leafs photographed during the first round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft at the Bell Centre on June 26, 2009 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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     The Leafs have a lot of work to do if they expect to compete for a playoff spot next season. Fans are getting frustrated, and with Brian Burke in town, you can expect a busy off-season to say the least. There are many rumors out there about what the Leafs could do, and I will share my take on them.

Bobby Ryan

     It's safe to say that every Leafs fan wants him on our team next year. He can contribute right away, and the Ducks will be interested in Tomas Kaberle as Scott Niedermayer just retired. Also, Burke loves him, and had him on his team before.

Patrick Marleau

     Although the name is a big one, I just don't see him being the right guy for the Leafs. He was coached by Ron Wilson before, but the price tag on him would be far too large. I believe he will cost around 6 million a year for whatever team signs him, and that's a lot of coin for a guy that is almost 31. UPDATE : Re-signed by San Jose.

Patrick Sharp

     Another Patrick, only one that is younger, and cheaper. The Leafs would have to trade for him, but they seem more than willing to trade Tomas Kaberle.  I personally think the Blackhawks would be interested in trading Sharp, given they know they could get a fair amount in return. I guess we will have to wait and see how this possibility turns out.

Ilya Kovalchuk

     All 30 teams would love to have this guy. I think the Leafs will make a small push for him, but in the end they'll pass as he will be very pricey, and they have other needs they need to address.

Dan Hamhuis

     A very talented defenseman is exactly what the Leafs need. Many argue that the Leafs have too many defensemen as it is, but the problem is that at least half of them simply aren't good enough to keep up with a talented NHL offense . I personally expect him to be in blue and white next season. UPDATE: Traded to the Flyers, then acquired by the Penguins.

     I anticipate an extremely busy off-season for the Toronto Maple Leafs. This is how I see the above scenarios turning out. The Leafs will trade for Ryan or Sharp, and possibly sign a decent D-Man to replace Kaberle (who they will lose in the trade for Sharp or Ryan).

How do YOU think everything will turn out??? Comment below!