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by Paul on 02/28/12 at 01:24 AM ET
from Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun,
A playoff berth for this team is just as big a long shot today as it was before Monday’s NHL trade deadline.
And Leafs GM Brian Burke isn’t apologizing for that.
Burke made a couple of deals on Deadline Day, most notably trading big, young defenceman Keith Aulie for big, young forward Carter Ashton, but did nothing to help his struggling club this season. And if that bothers you, if you wanted the Leafs to load up for this year’s playoff race, go suck an egg. For Burke, it’s stick with the long-term rebuild and damn the torpedoes.
“We (were) on the lookout for something that could make us better and add to the (existing) group, but it didn’t materialize,” he said, a few minutes after Monday’s trade deadline passed. “I think some people will be disappointed in that, but I’m not. From my perspective, all the teams that we’re chasing, that are in the hunt with us, took people out of their room and brought people in they thought could do the job better. We elected not to do that.”
Burke doesn’t see his inability to acquire a player, or players, that will help the team this season, as throwing in the towel, because apparently he believes that this year’s team — a team that has lost four in a row and has been out-scored 16-8 during that span — can still make it into the post-season.
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