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Are the Leafs pulling off good moves?
Mon, November 24, 2008

The Maple Leafs have traded Carlo Colaicovo and Alex Steen to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for forward Lee Stempniak.

Stempniak, 25, a native of West Seneca, N.Y., scored 27 goals two seasons ago.

This season, he has three goals and 10 assists through 14 games.

Is this a good move for the Leafs? Have your say in our forum.

Colaiacovo, Steen dealt to Blues



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Scotty Bowman...nuff said!
kw, 2008-04-23 21:35:47

Burke isnt coming, blessing in disguise. Go after Kenny Holland in Detroit. Stevie Y is the future vp and gm and they have Jim Nil so Holland is expendable.

He has put a good scouting department together and now they are one of the deepest teams in hockey.
Rob, 2008-04-23 20:52:50

Now that the loudmouth and Leaf Fans and TO Media, "GREAT BIG HOPE" Brian Burke, is no longer available, it's time that the Leaf brass came down to reality and search for a GM that will actually know something about hockey. Brian Burke only knows self-promotion.

Believe it folks; losing the chance to get Burke is no great loss at all.


Vince in Ottawa, 2008-04-23 20:02:36

Thank goodness that's over with!! I was starting to get the impression that Burke actually invented hockey. In today's NHL, a GM isn't likely to be successful year after year. Whoever is selected, he better have a good "team" to help draft and develop players. As it has been said, Burke inherited a good team and he (or anyone else for that matter) wouldn't likely come here and make Toronto a seriously competitive cup contender over night.
John Simcoe, 2008-04-23 19:54:44

Who cares... The guy is a blowhard and a loser who got lucky one year in the playoffs. The fact that Toronto & it's media coveted him so much shows how stupid this "Leaf Nation" and the organization really are... Trust me, this is the best thing that could happen for the Leafs... and I hate the Leafs. They should go after Messier, and maybe then they'll have developed a shred of credibility in my eyes. Until then...

TORONTO HOCKEY IS A JOKE
jayzon99, 2008-04-23 19:52:28

Ok. Burke did not assemble the Ducks, that was Bryan Murray. The only thing Burke did was get lucky in landing Pronger because Lowe wanted that mess over quickly. Yes, they won a Cup. Then he gave Bertuzzi 4 million a year(LOL), let Penner go, traded Macdonald for Weight(LOL) then begged Selanne and Niedermeyer to come back because the Ducks were circling the drain and then watched the defending champs get bounced in the first round.

I would say he will definitely take the Leafs GM job now, because after that pathetic first-round exit by the Ducks and the impending retirements of Selanne and Niedermeyer, Anaheim's lack of depth will be exposed and he will look bad, something Burke HATES. At least as Toronto's GM, it will be expected that they will suck for at least a couple years, whereas in Anaheim there will be a lot of scrutiny as to why Getzlaf,Perry and Pronger can't win by themselves, when anyone with a brain knows that Pronger is the most overrated cheap-shot artist in the NHL.

Burke will definitely be better than JFJ(who wouldnt?) but be prepared Leafs Nation: the change wont happen overnight. A proper rebuild for Toronto will take at least 3 years, 5 before they are contenders again, and those are optimistic figures.
Norbit, 2008-04-23 19:30:43

Everybody has an ego, jeesh.

I would like Brian Burke to be the next GM (or both President and GM) because he is a no-nonsense sort of man. He won't be pushed around by the Maple Leafs executive and he will be tough on those players he needs to get rid of.

This is the type of man the organization needs - not some "yes" man.

Daniel-> Obviously he's not going to get a job at McDonald's. Do you realize the kind of money Toronto would offer Burke - $5m or more a season for 5 years!

Toronto is one of the 2 centres of the hockey universe (Montreal is the other) and with Anaheim on the decline now, maybe he would want a challenge.

Yes, the Maple Leafs would be quite the challenge.

He's still only 51, so he's still in his prime years.

He's also a smart man - look at the way he got around salary issues with the planned "retirement" of Niedermeyer and Selanne.

Plus he didn't match Edmonton's insane offer sheet for Dustin Penner - that was a great move as it got Anaheim a moderately high first round pick this year in a superb draft.
gordholio, 2008-04-23 18:00:13

Is Canoe a leaf prop machine? Burke the A..hole would certainly be a fit for the misfits who are out playing golf. TO you arenot the center of the universe. Gordie
Gordon W., 2008-04-23 17:33:15

One thing i know for sure if burke comes to toronto we wont have this ballet team we have been pretending its a hockey team no more. He will bring respect and dignity something this organization has been lacking since pat quinn was let go.The picnic and free ride for those leafs with the ntc are over. Brian will not let the prioners run the jail no more.Look out boys dont let your big head hit the door on the way out. Also burke doesnt like european players and that suits me just fine because i got tired of watching no hitting hockey all year.
dave, 2008-04-23 17:30:57

After watching way to much Hockey in our April madness I find all the teams are basically the same as the regular season standings are evidence of, they all play the same style give or take, no clear frontrunner throughout the league. Thinking that a GM like Burke is going to make some big turnaround for the Leafs is wishful thinking. Mr Intense as I like to refer to him is just another GM, no better no worse that's in the leaque today. What has happened is that we have a very watered down leaque, to many players of average ability making a ton of money which gives them validity to be Pro Players,would Darcy Tucker be playing pro in a 16 Team leaque? I don't think so Tim. It's the media's job to amplify the worth of the next GM for the Leafs but it's all smoke and mirrors,there is such a thing as a bad GM, but their's no great ones that have all the answers, just ask Sutter for the flames, great hockey man, but just another average GM trying to put together a contender and the last time I looked that hasn't happened.....
Ed, 2008-04-23 17:19:45

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