So many people have been criticizing Brian Burke for either doing too much or too little when it comes to improving the Toronto Maple Leafs. I never understood how this can happen considering the moves that Burke has pulled off to this point. Could he have made better decisions? Yeah, of course he could have, but so could have every other GM in the NHL. When you look at the key moves he has made since becoming the Leafs GM about two years ago, its clear to see he has done more good for this franchise then any other Leaf GM in recent history. So I compiled a list of the BEST trades and pickups by Mr. Burke since being hired by Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment.
April 3erd, 2009:
Signed Tyler Bozak to 2 year entry level deal.
June 26th, 2009:
Drafted Nazem Kadri 7th overall.
July 2end, 2009:
Re-signed RFA Grabovski to a 3 year contract @ $2,900,000 per season.
July 6th, 2009:
Signed relative unknown minor-leaguer Tim Brent.
July 7th, 2009:
Signed Jonus Gustavsson to 1 year @ $810,000.
September 18th, 2009:
Traded 2 first round picks and a 2end round pick to the Boston Bruins for Phil Kessel.
January 31st, 2010:
Traded Vesa Toskala and Jason Blake to Anaheim Ducks for J.S Giguere.
January 31st, 2010:
Traded Matthew Stajan, Niklas Hagman, Ian White, and Jamal Mayers to Calgary Flames for Dion Phaneuf, Keith Aulie, and Fredrik Sjostrom.
July 1st, 2010:
Signed Colby Armstrong to a 3 year contract @ $3,000,000 per season.
August 28th, 2010:
Signed Clarke MacArthur to a 1 Year contract @ $1,100,000.
Fubruary 14th, 2011:
Traded Kris Versteeg to Philadelphia Flyers for a 1st round pick and 3erd round pick in the 2011 NHL entry draft on June 24th.
Febuary 18th, 2011:
Traded Tomas Kaberle to the Boston Bruins for a 1st round pick in 2011, Joe Colborne, and a 2end round pick in the 2012 entry draft.
June 24th, 2011:
Traded 2end round pick in 2012 (Boston Bruins) to the Colorado Avalanche for defenceman John Michael Liles.
July 2end, 2011:
Signed Tim Connolly to a 2 year contract @ $4,750,000 per season.
July 3erd, 2011:
Traded Brett Lebda and prospect Robert Slaney to the Nashville Predators for Matthew Lombardi and blue-chipper Cody Franson.
Soon to come:
Signing of Luke Schenn.