As I have heard and observed Burke over the past few years it's clear that he is going to make a few changes with the roster and the admin at MLSE, I hope the Silver Fox and Joe are allowed to stay on as an Executive Commitee of Consultants but I think this guy will waste no time to gut this team and put his stamp on it.
The fact the Leafs have a lot of mediocre Russians, Sweedes, Czechs and Fins look for him to move Andropov, Poni especially him, Kulemin, Tlusty, Steen, Kaberle, Kubina.
And look for young North American players to fill in those spots Kaberle and Kubina can get some solid return of roster players considering teams like Pittsburgh who have a Staal that they don't have room to sign and maybe draft pick for just one of the guys I mentioned. In fact Tlusty may be offered to complete this trade as he has history with Malkin.
Carolina would like to get their hands on T kaberle and they have a few young North American players that could be swapped.
Ottawa has a real problem with culture and they need a serious change players like Spezza, Heatly are not untouchable and clearly would be made available for the right price. Of course teams like Chicago might be looking to augment their defense to make a good push for the play-offs or teams like San Jose or even Annaheim may be looking for some depth on defense and may give up a young prospect.
Tampa may want to divest themselves of some assets and so on. Given the development that Burke is going to be more than likely coming to Toronto it is clear that this team will not make the play-offs this year and I mean not even close. It'll be next year at the earlisest that a Leaf team will be making a good run as the guys they have now barley know the sacrifice it takes to win and frankly these guys may never know that Steen, Stajan, Tlusty, Foster, Grabovski and the like.
Above all a 31 year old goaltender that is in the Elite level can garner quite a bit of attention at the trade deadline and there I can see draft picks and young prospects being moved our way.
In the meanwhile to fill the gap of those players that were traded for prospects I can see Bell, Earl and Devareaux coming back up to fill some of the gaps for the rest of the season. I also see Blake going down to the minors for the next year or two before they buy him out because the screw ups of JFJ will go on for years to come. Say what you want about Quinn he did get results year in year out without mistake but JFJ signed and traded like my 12 year old kid would without much thought. He'll never be a manager again without asking if he wants fries with the order.