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Brian Burke steps in front of the media last week and comes right out and lets everyone know that he is targeting John Tavares the potential first overall pick in this years NHL entry draft. Leaf fans jump for joy but when you sit back and think about it, what would the Leafs give up for the #1 overall pick. The guess here is at least two first rounders this years and next and possibly Schenn and a roster player, a reasonable asking price for the first overall pick. The though here is its not going to happen especially with the Islanders looking at a new stadium and the potential revenue in selling this kids jerseys. Brian Burke is looking like a magician dangling for Tavares with one hand and working the phones with the other. Is it possibly that Burke is bluffing while he works on another deal at the draft, i for one think so. The logical spot that Burke may be going after is the #2 overall pick, with Tampa in shambles laying off staff and looking to unload players to get closer to the bottom half of the salary cap this is where Burke might be able to work some magic. The Leafs could offer Tampa their 1st pick, their 2nd pick and a possible prospect or two in Stralman or Tlusty and grab Tampa's 2nd Overall pick and absorb a contract from Tampa which would most likely be that of Ryan Malone's at 4.5 million until 2014-15 or Andrej Meszaros signed at 4 million a season until 2013-14. Whatever one it was, it would be a decent addition to the team but this would mean the end of Kubina in Toronto who should be easy to unload with 1 year remaining on his contract at 5 million and if not then Burke can always buy him out. The next step would be to see what Burke will do with that 2nd Overall pick, would he pick big Swedish defensemen Victor Hedman who could be a force to reckon with and paired with Luke Schenn in the back end can be a scary 1-2 to face for years to come or will he take Brampton center Matt Duchene who is having himself a great OHL playoffs and currently does have one more point then Tavares. The Leafs need a few impact young players and a trade with Tampa could be in the works and questions of who? when? and how? will persist until something is done. In the mean time let's enjoy his song and dance on Tavares it could be the biggest illusion since Copperfield made the Statue of Liberty disappear.
Filed Under:   maple leafs   burke   tavares   nhl   hedman   duchene  
April 21, 2009 10:19 PM ET | Delete
great article except toronto doesnt have a second round pick to trade away as it is property of the new york islanders (schenn trade)
April 21, 2009 10:33 PM ET | Delete
They have at least 2 actually: trade deadline for Antropov and Moore, so they have the NYR's and Carolina's.
April 22, 2009 11:44 AM ET | Delete
No contest between Hedman and Duchesne... If you have the number two and John Tavares is not available, you go with Hedman... This guy looks like the real deal and, with respect to Luke Schenn, is a real franchise defenseman. I'd prefer to take back Meszaros in a trade as he is more of a high-risk, high-reward player and could develop into a puckmover in the Kaberle-mold with some health and a little luck. Malone is grossly overpaid for a Ponikarovsky-type player.
April 22, 2009 1:29 PM ET | Delete
personally im not sold on hedman and if toronto picked second would rather Duchesne he seems like the real deal and a great leader
April 22, 2009 5:17 PM ET | Delete
Duchene for the win.
April 22, 2009 6:42 PM ET | Delete
Wow and this proves why the Island should not have a team!!When you have a fan on here spewing ill-informed facts "The Leafs don't have a 2nd round pick" Wow this all but proves you a band wagon fan and know nothing at all about the game of hockey or the Maple Leafs. Enjoy having your team for at least 2 more years and the revel when its moved to Canada where people actually care about the game.
April 23, 2009 10:01 AM ET | Delete
April 23, 2009 11:21 AM ET | Delete
I hope thats sarcasm because he is right in that the Leafs do have their own 2nd round draft pick... and frankly, I find it hard to say where all of Florida's picks are residing you know? I can't be bothered to follow where every team's picks reside... and I wouldn't expect anyone else who wasn't paid to do it.
April 23, 2009 11:22 AM ET | Delete
I'm more sold on Hedman than on Tavares... but gotta say, picking 7th is not that bad... watching the Knights: Kadri is more involved every game than JT and displays impressive all-around acumen.
May 13, 2009 12:56 PM ET | Delete
1. Duchene2. JT3. Hedman
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