Toronto Maple Leafs: Five Moves to Make Them a Contender Next Season

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Toronto Maple Leafs: Five Moves to Make Them a Contender Next Season
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The Toronto Maple Leafs are entering a crucial four-week period in their quest to improve their roster enough to not only push them into playoff contention, but make them a contender for years to come.

Many people think the Leafs are still several years away from competing for the Stanley Cup, yet I feel that with some bold moves on Brian Burke's part, they can be contenders THIS SEASON.

The 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs have been exciting, but in my eyes neither the Vancouver Canucks nor the Boston Bruins are all that impressive. I see a real opportunity for the Leafs to jump into the top echelon of teams with the right acquisitions.

When you talk about NHL general managers who make bold moves, Brian Burke's name is always at the forefront.

We all know what he did in order to secure the Sedins, we know about how he brought Chris Pronger to Anaheim to help propel the Ducks to a Stanley Cup victory, and of course, who can forget the infamous Phil Kessel trade?

That being said, here are five moves that I feel Brian Burke could make this offseason that would turn the Leafs into immediate contenders next season.

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