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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...

The Life and Times of Brian Burke (Part 1)

He arrived in the hockey Mecca of Toronto, Canada in November 2008 to unprecedented fanfare. It was a highly publicized welcome fitting for a tried and true sports icon. An icon known not for a blazing shot or supreme playmaking skills (both painfully absent from the Leaf team he would inherit), but for his uncanny ability to systematically engineer a champion. He came with a proven pedigree, having successfully led his former club to the championship versus the Ottawa senators in 2007, whom the Ducks of Anaheim made quick work of to win the series. 

To become winners, MLSE rationalized, the Leafs needed to start with a winner at the helm, and upon the release of ha...