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by Paul on 06/19/12 at 11:55 AM ET
from Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun,
Of all of the uncertainties that are bound to spill out of the National Hockey League draft in Pittsburgh this weekend, there are a couple of storylines that might have a little more solidity.
One, if Rick Nash finally is traded by the Columbus Blue Jackets, it’s unlikely that it will be to the Maple Leafs.
Two, Leafs general manager Brian Burke is entering the most crucial time of his tenure in Toronto, one during which he has to be just about perfect in every move he makes.
If the Leafs don’t make the playoffs in 2013, and let’s assume for now that the 2012-13 season will go off without a hitch, possible work stoppage be damned, Burke should be done as Toronto’s general manager. By next April, he will have had more than enough time to reshape, rebuild, retool the Leafs, whatever word might apply. In fact, he already has reshaped the Leafs, but has not constructed a team that is good enough to win.
So Burke, who has been blasting away at the Leafs roster since November 2008, has no choice but to get it right as soon as he can, beginning with any trade he might pull off this week.
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