Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Shiv on 01/22/11 at 04:29 PM ET
Brian Burke has done a lot of good.
He really has.
He found a way to turn Jason Blake into Jean-Sebastien Giguere.
He brought in Dion Phaneuf, Fredrik Sjostrom and Keith Aulie for Matt Stajan, Nicklas Hagman and Ian White.
He has slowly replenished a once depleted prospect pool to feature the likes of Kadri, Caputi, Reimer, D’Amigo, Ross, Rynnas, McKegg, Brunnstrom – many of whom he landed without giving up a material asset.
He brought in the Monster, winning a bidding war against several other teams.
Apart from Komisarek, he has used free agency and trade to bring in players (such as Versteeg, Armstrong, MacArthur and Bozak) that are slowly etching themselves into the identity of the Maple Leafs.
In short: the Leafs’ team and organizational depth have been transformed under Burke.
The problem is that all that good is overshadowed by Leaf Nation’s obsession with the potential blunder that was the Kessel trade.
In that shuffle, all the good that Burke has done often gets lost.
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