If the Toronto Maple Leafs hope to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs next season, the franchise must now focus on upgrading the offence.
While the acquisition of Kris Versteeg certainly helps, the Leafs are still in need of some firepower upfront. Options are scarce in the free agent market, but the likes of Matthew Lombardi (although reports indicate he is seeking upwards of $4 million per season), Alexander Frolov and Ilya Kovalchuk are still available.
The Leafs have $7.05 million in cap space and must still re-sign restricted free agents Nikolai Kulemin and Christian Hanson. However, Burke has options to free up some cap space should he decide to a) bury Jeff Finger’s $3.5 mil...
On the eve of the Free Agent Frenzy, Brian Burke has once again stole the headlines with the acquisition of Kris Versteeg to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Burke has added a player who can legitimately play as a top-six forward. The 24-year-old has two 20+ goal seasons under his belt in his first two years in the National Hockey League. While the likes of Viktor Stalberg, Philippe Paradis and Chris DiDomenico will be missed (although the latter two were merely prospects), there's no disputing the move instantly bolsters the Leafs' offence.
The best part?
Burke still has his top bargaining chip in Tomas Kaberle.
What that could potentially mean is another top-six forward to join the for...
It's that time of year again, the heart of the NHL's offseason sandwiched in between the draft and the start of free agency. If there's one thing we know about free agency it's that there will be overpayment. 3rd liners will be payed like 1st liners and 1st liners will be paid like CEO's. The only problem is that there are not that many 1st line players to go around, not nearly enough to fill the voids on many teams.
The Leafs of course are one of those teams and they have more voids to fill than the average team. They have been quiet since the offseason began, but that hasn't kept the Leafs out of the rumour mill. After many Leaf fans sat patiently waiting on Friday night for Brian ...
If Brian Burke is contemplating the idea of acquiring Marc Savard, the Toronto Maple Leafs may be on the verge of adding a substantial piece to its rebuilding plan.
That may sound strange considering the playmaking center is nearly 33 years old and is the beneficiary of a seven-year contract, but there are other factors at play that makes this rumor an enticing one.
It’s no secret the Leafs are considerably bare not only down the middle, but in forward depth as well. The acquisition of Savard would provide the Leafs with the elite centerman they’ve been yearning since the departure of Mats Sundin. Savard may lack the size of the ideal number one centerman, but it’s his offensive ...
Well, scratch another player from the Toronto Maple Leafs’ list of potential top-six forwards.
Patrick Sharp is no longer an option for trade with the departures of Dustin Byfuglien, Ben Eager and Brent Sopel from the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Hawks now have the cap space necessary (with the anticipated demotion of goaltender Cristobal Huet) to tend offer sheets to their restricted free agents, which means there’s no reason to trade Sharp.
If the unofficial report which suggested Burke had targeted Nathan Horton and Sharp is true, then the Leafs GM may be on the verge of something drastic if he is serious about improving the team’s lackluster offence.
Could that mean a potent...
If the Toronto Maple Leafs hope to complete the task of qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in six years, they will need to import some firepower to the forward ranks.
It’s unlikely the current group of forwards would provide the necessary boost for the Leafs to vault from 15th to eight place in the Eastern Conference. Even with the inclusion of Dion Phaneuf, Phil Kessel and the reliable duo of Jean-Sebastien Giguere and Jonas Gustavsson between the pipes to start the season (and hopefully a healthy Mike Komisarek), the offence is simply too bare to withstand the 82-game schedule.
While options are limited this off-season, GM Brian Burke is capable for the j...
As July 1 approaches, there are no shortage of rumors involving the Toronto Maple Leafs as they attempt to bolster the forward ranks.
Although Nathan Horton has not been linked as a potential target of GM Brian Burke, I believe it is within the realm of possibility. I base this simply from speculation posted at Spector's Hockey.
One of the links quotes Elliotte Friedman discussing the possibility of Florida Panthers' GM Dave Tallon pursuing Tomas Kaberle. What's interesting is that Bruce Garrioch, of the Ottawa Sun, reported that Tallon is believed to be shopping Horton.
I'm simply putting two and two together here, but Horton certainly seems of the Burke mold. He's a big body, has ...