Toronto Maple Leafs: 2011 Offseason

John WhiteContributor IIMay 3, 2011

Toronto Maple Leafs: 2011 Offseason

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    Leafs General Manager Brian Burke
    Leafs General Manager Brian BurkeMatthew Manor/Getty Images

    The Leafs have improved since Brian Burke has taken charge of the team. The current team can not be blamed for past failures.

    The longest serving leafs are Nikolai Kulemin and Luke Schenn. Both of whom just finished their third season in the NHL.

    The fact is the Leafs have not made the playoffs since the lockout, and in a market like Toronto that is a problem.

    The Leafs came close to the playoffs this year but still missed out.  This offseason is shaping up to be likely the most important offseason since Burke took over.

    Will the Leafs get the final pieces they need to make the playoffs? Or will fans be forced to watch another season where the Leafs fall short?  

2011 Draft

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    David Musil
    David MusilClaus Andersen/Getty Images

    The Leafs currently have three picks in the first two rounds

    1st (Bos), 1st (Phi) one of which will be 27th or later




    1st (Bos), 2nd (39th), 4th (100th), Slaney


    1st (13th)


    1st (Phi), 3rd (Phi)


    1st (19th), Fraser


    13th-Jamieson Oleksiak 6' 7'' Toronto Native

    19th-David Musil

Shea Weber

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    ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 15:  Shea Weber #6 of the Nashville Predators skates against the Anaheim Ducks in Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center on April 15, 2011 in Anaheim, California.  (Pho
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    Leafs choice 1st (2012/2013), 2nd (2012), Mike Komisarek, Carl Gunnarsson, Matt Lashoff




    Weber and Phaneuf were dominate as a line in the 2005 world juniors. Great all-around defenceman but is a year away from free agency and could force Nashville to make a move rather than lose him for nothing. He was also Schenn's roommate in Kelowna.


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    UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 24:  Anthony Stewart #22 of the Atlanta Thrashers skates during an NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Coliseum on March 24, 2011 in Uniondale, New York.  (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)
    Paul Bereswill/Getty Images




    Stewart, 3rd(2012)

    Pretty similar stats and age wise.  Stewart would be a better fit on Toronto's third line.


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    CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 16: Cam Barker #25 of the Minnesota Wild looks to pass against the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center on February 16, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Wild 3-1. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
    Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images


    Mikus, 3rd, 4th (2012)



    Barker had a set back only posting one goal and five points this season.  He is still capable of running a powerplay and a chance in Toronto might be just what he needs. 


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    NEWARK, NJ - APRIL 06:  Luke Schenn #2 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on April 6, 2011 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
    Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

    Shea Weber: 5 years, $30 million

    Luke Schenn: 4 years, $15 million

    Clarke MacArthur: 3 years, $8 million

    James Reimer: 2 years, $3 million

    Tim Brent: 1 year, $600,000

    Anthony Stewart: 2 years, $2 million

Free Agents

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    WASHINGTON , DC - APRIL 23:  Brooks Laich #21 of the Washington Capitals celebrates being named the third star of the game against the New York Rangers in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Ve
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    Brooks Laich: 2 years, $5.5 million

    Shawn Belle: 1 year, $600,000

    Nigel Dawes: 1 year, $750,000

    Steve Eminger: 1 year, $1 million


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    OTTAWA, CANADA - APRIL 2: Phil Kessel #81 of the Toronto Maple Leafs celebrates his goal with teammate Dion Phaneuf #3 in a game against the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place on April 2, 2011 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freesty
    Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images





    (Brent, Dawes)