Extreme makeover: Leafs edition

Leafs head coach Brian Burke. (MICHAEL PEAKE/QMI Agency)

Leafs head coach Brian Burke. (MICHAEL PEAKE/QMI Agency)

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:30 PM ET

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. -- The job of making the 2010-11 Maple Leafs better than the current edition started Friday at the team hotel when Toronto's pro scouts came in for two days of meetings.

The NHL trade deadline is March 3 and with almost half the Leafs currently headed towards free agency, there will be summer upheaval with the roster.

"Pro scouting is of vital importance to us now," general manager Brian Burke said. "Trades are so hard to make now. If they can ferret out a deal that makes it better..."

The group includes Steve Kasper, Rob Cowie and ex-Leafs forward, NHL and team exec Claude Loiselle, who is doing work for both Toronto and the Anaheim Ducks, sending identical player reports to each team.

"It's not unique, I did it in Anaheim," Burke said. "If two teams split the cost of a guy and he's as good as Claude, it's just sensible.

"With amateur and pro, we're trying to make sure we have full coverage. For the amateur side in Manitoba for example, we have a part-time guy. There are not enough players there for a full-time guy."

The Leafs list 21 pro and amateur scouts in their media guide.

LANCE.HORNBY@SUNMEDIA.CA


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