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Burke reshaped Leafs ... for the better?

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08:27 AM ET 07.05 | Brian Burke claims to be done for a bit. "We're going to sit back and catch our breath now," Burke said in a phone interview on Monday. "We feel we've dramatically altered the look of the team for the better. So we're going to sit back now and await further developments." So the roster that you see before you could be the roster that opens the season on Oct. 6. If so, that is not necessarily such a bad thing. The pieces that Burke recently added have made Toronto a better team than the one that finished ninth in the Eastern Conference standings last season. How much better is up for debate. Will forwards Tim Connolly and Matthew Lombardi, and defensemen Cody Franson and John-Michael Liles transform the Leafs into a Stanley Cup contender? No chance. Will those players help them make the playoffs? Maybe.

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July 5, 2011  08:59 AM ET

"Burke reshaped Leafs ... for the better?"

That comment sounds sarcastic, doesn't it?

July 5, 2011  08:59 AM ET

Well Argos, it looks like Burkie won't go after Stamkos after all.

July 5, 2011  09:02 AM ET

"We're going to sit back and catch our breath now."

The moves he made for a top six forward certainly shouldn't leave him winded.

July 5, 2011  09:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

"Burke reshaped Leafs ... for the better?"

That comment sounds sarcastic, doesn't it?

And it should. :-)

July 5, 2011  09:07 AM ET

Seems to me much like last year. A bunch of not bad spare parts that might bring a pick at the deadline. Just filling holes.

July 5, 2011  09:12 AM ET

Burke has changed the team, but if you look at the players who turned down more money to play somewhere else you have to wonder what is wrong with the Leafs. When you have a player like Max Talbot turning you down and going elsewhere for less money it is time for some serious introspection.

July 5, 2011  09:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Burke has changed the team, but if you look at the players who turned down more money to play somewhere else you have to wonder what is wrong with the Leafs. When you have a player like Max Talbot turning you down and going elsewhere for less money it is time for some serious introspection.

But, but, blubber - snort - spit - whine, it's, it's the greatest franchise in the world BF.

Where have you been? ;-)

July 5, 2011  09:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Burke has changed the team, but if you look at the players who turned down more money to play somewhere else you have to wonder what is wrong with the Leafs. When you have a player like Max Talbot turning you down and going elsewhere for less money it is time for some serious introspection.

And didn't Richards turn down a lucrative offer from the Maple Laughs to sign with the Rangers?

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July 5, 2011  10:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

"Burke reshaped Leafs ... for the better?"That comment sounds sarcastic, doesn't it?

It also sounds like an oxymoron.

July 5, 2011  10:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Are there any good UFA's next year that can turn us down?

LMFAO Danny - Good One ! I think once they bounce Rotten Ron more players will be receptive

July 5, 2011  10:10 AM ET

Their two new D are upgrades, but they have no one on O. Tim C hasn't been that good in years. Sure he might be a #1 on the Leafs but that's like saying RR is the top coach on the Leafs. It's because there is no one else.

July 5, 2011  10:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

"We're going to sit back and catch our breath now."The moves he made for a top six forward certainly shouldn't leave him winded.

walking up the stairs might have left him winded, tho

July 5, 2011  10:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

LMFAO Danny - Good One ! I think once they bounce Rotten Ron more players will be receptive

I was wondering that too - maybe no one wants to go play for that coach

July 5, 2011  10:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Are there any good UFA's next year that can turn us down?

Just look at the list and check the last box that says,

All of the above.

July 5, 2011  10:19 AM ET

Who would want to play in the fishbowl of Toronto. Every move made on or off the ice is scrutinized to death by the media. Win a few games and everyone wonders why? Lose a few games and everyone wonders why. While not a Leafs fan, I like Burke and Wilson's approach to the media. They challenge the media when they ask their stupid questions and move forward.

July 5, 2011  10:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

I was wondering that too - maybe no one wants to go play for that coach

Maybe no one wants to play for a coach/gm that will call a player out if they are underperforming or sitting on their laurels.

July 5, 2011  10:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

"Burke reshaped Leafs."

I kinda like it.

July 5, 2011  10:42 AM ET

Burke's handling of the Leafs can be summed up simply as rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.

 
July 5, 2011  10:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Maybe no one wants to play for a coach/gm that will call a player out if they are underperforming or sitting on their laurels.

Julien called out Kessel a few times but the B's were able to bring in players and re-sign them to long term deals.

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