The date is Jan. 17, 2010, and we are currently 43 days away from the NHL Trade Deadline. A time many hockey fans admire and wait for year round. Media coverage spikes around this time every year, majorly due to on-line sites such as this and others like it. A very large chunk of that coverage is following the Toronto Maple Leafs. A team I have been a fan of since I can remember.
Now, to the point.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are currently 26th in the NHL league standings and 12th in the Eastern Conference. The odds of the Maple Leafs squeezing in the playoffs in the next 38 games look pretty grim. They would most likely need to be sitting around 90 points to limp in. So they would need to win around 23/24 more games and also have a couple OT losses. Safe to go out on a limb here and say highly probable.
Bad for the Leafs, good for Boston... Haha had to say it! (I'm a Leafs fan don't forget!)
Now since Mr. Brian Burke took over the helm of the Leafs, he's brought quite a few players into the fold. Not to mention he's probably sent the same amount of players packing. I don't need to get into specifics here since most of us already know who. But it really looks like the Leafs are on a twisty road with no sense of direction.
We Leaf fans need a path. And in my mind there's only one path to take and that's to "rebuild". The path to the Cup can only be reached by taking the long way around. Sorry Burkie.
So with the trade deadline approaching here's nine deals to help us two-to-four years from now
(trying to be as realistic as possible here).