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  1. I actually read that Burke made that trade because ticket sales were waning and ownership wanted a way to reinvigorate interest. It was a business decision and not necessarily a “best for the franchise” decision. George McPhee built the Capitals and the Golden Knights when they played each other for the Stanley Cup. That was a pretty interesting storyline! I would say that Burke inherited a good team in Anaheim and was lucky that Teemu Selanne wanted to play for the Ducks again (especially for $1 million). Niedermayer wanted to play on the same team as his brother and I seem to remember that Pronger (or his wife) wanted out of Edmonton and they asked to be traded to California. Overall, some good luck for a GM to inherit when coming to a new team. I really appreciate what Burke did to get the Sedins and his patience with them and allowing them to develop. But Burke was gone when Nonis traded for Luongo and there is no way we make the finals without Bobby-Lou back-stopping the team. The whole Burke experience in Anaheim is written well in an article here:
  2. How much further ahead would the Leafs have been if they’d held onto the 2 first-round picks and the 2nd rounder instead of trading them for a first line winger that was in his prime? Their rebuild would have happened way faster than the way it dragged out for almost a decade. Burke didn’t recognize where the team was at and traded away the future. My point is that Burke didn’t realize what state the team was at and sacrificed the future for a return that payed no dividends. He traded away a first line centre and a top pairing D-man for a winger.
  3. Kessel was good for the Pens, but he was not a good fit for the Leafs during their rebuild.
  4. Brian Burke traded 2 first-round picks and a second round pick for a winger...while the team was awful. People recently lost their minds that Benning traded a lottery protected first round pick for a winger, while the team is looking like it is making progress. The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. Let’s see how Benning does at trades when we have some tradable assets and a contending team. Burke traded Toronto’s 2 first-round picks to Boston which were used to select Tyler Seguin and Dougie Hamilton. An all-star centre and a top pairing, right-shot defender. This is a great article that does an in-depth look at the trade:
  5. Hmmm, I wonder if the expansion draft had anything to do with the 2 year deal?
  6. Not to be outdone: haha I love that Petey can’t be outdone! Competitive drive!!!
  7. Interesting article from Steve Ewen at the Province Interview with Jack LaFontaine who played goal at the University of Michigan last year with Quinn Hughes: “Quinn Hughes is the best skater I’ve ever seen,” said the 21-year-old LaFontaine, a Mississauga, Ont., product who, we should mention, played with Toronto Maple Leafs’ forward Mitch Marner and against Chicago Blackhawks’ forward Dylan Strome in midget hockey. “Quinn can turn on a dime. He can accelerate better than anybody. I’ve never seen anything quite like it. He’s something else. I’ll tell you right now, he’s a stud. Everyone in Vancouver is raving about Elias Pettersson, but this guy is something else, too. Here is the whole article:
  8. It would be a long shot, but certainly fun to watch two brothers compete for the Calder as rookie of the year. I wonder if that has ever come close to happening? The twins might have, obviously, but they had kind of a slow start to their careers in the NHL.
  9. Thatcher Demko got some love in the honourable mentions as well! Great to see our prospects getting hyped from people outside of Vancouver!!!
  10. I like Gaunce. Right now he is a really good 187-foot player...