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Is Gunnarsson the odd man out?

The Toronto Maple Leafs' 5-2-1 start to the National Hockey League 2011-12 regular season has been somewhat deceptive.

That's not to say the Leafs, who are the youngest team in the NHL, have not deserved its 11 points in the standings, but the wins have accumulated despite the team's sluggish opening periods and mediocre team defense.

That said, the youthful Leafs have displayed plenty of vigour which has allowed them to escape with points in the standings---and you can't ask for more from a young team, really.

Nonetheless, it's difficult to gauge whether the Leafs are for real or on the verge of struggling with con...

Are the Leafs a Playoff Team?

The Toronto Maple Leafs will not be acquiring any more assets in the off-season... at least for now.

In an interview with the National Post's Michael Traikos, general manager Brian Burke said his team is going to sit back and let the players compete for spots at training camp. This is good news for the likes of Nazem Kadri, Matt Frattin and Joe Colborne. While there remains holes on the Leafs' roster, Rick Dudley told the Star that patience will ultimately address the team's needs.

"Come training camp, if one or two young players makes the team, they're going to have to move people, and they are not going to be able to move the people they just signed,&rdq...

What's Next For The Leafs?

 

With general manager Brian Burke acquiring John-Michael Liles, Tim Connolly, Matthew Lombardi and Cody Franson this off-season, there's little doubt the Toronto Maple Leafs have improved heading into the 2011-12 season. But with a logjam on defense and cap space left to improve some of the Leafs' needs, it's unlikely Burke is content with the current roster moving forward.

Before discussing what Burke may do next in his blueprint, let's first analyze the moves he's done in the past 48 hours. While Burke may not have found the number-one center the Leafs so desperately covet, he managed to acquire a decent secondary option in Connolly. Injury concerns...