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Maple Leafs acquire D Liles from Avalanche

Posted on: June 24, 2011 4:56 pm
Edited on: June 24, 2011 6:48 pm
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Earlier today, we took a look at the trade market headed into the NHL Draft and noted that Brian Burke and the Toronto Maple Leafs would likely be one team making moves.

A few hours before the draft and they've already begun.

The Maples Leafs have traded for Colorado defenseman John-Michael Liles for a second-round pick.

In Liles the Leafs are getting a 30-year-old defenseman who has an offensive touch. Last season for the Avs, Liles had six goals and 40 assists. His 46 points were the second-highest total of his career, all spent in Colorado, behind his 49 points in 2005-06.

The Avalanche are clearly in a mode where they are starting over and covet the draft picks at this point and are willing to sacrifice players on the wrong side of 30 to get them.

For Toronto, it acquires somebody who can step in right now and contribute. While the Leafs are in a playoff drought (haven't been in since the final season before the lockout), they took a step forward last season, remaining on the outside of the playoff bubble into the final week. Perhaps Burke thinks he can put together a team that can make it into the postseason while still building for the long-term.

Also on Friday, the Leafs announced that they have hired former Thrashers coach Rick Dudley in a scouting role with the team. Dudley, not retained when the team moved to Winnipeg, is recognized as one of the sharper eyes of talent in the NHL and will begin with his new team starting with the draft tonight.

-- Brian Stubits

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kkjyywlpo
Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Jun 8, 2009
Posted on: July 1, 2011 5:34 am
 

Maple Leafs acquire D Liles from Avalanche

Burke will not resign Rosehill
Nope - resigned, one-way one year $600K. Apparently Burke's plan IS to build from the bottom up.



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Since: Jun 8, 2009
Posted on: June 26, 2011 1:48 pm
 

Maple Leafs acquire D Liles from Avalanche

No, he made it to the finals with the Sens (his second trip to the finals, by the way - the first with the Ducks) and got squished by HIS Ducks...Burke didn't have to do anything with that team, it was handed to him! Yes he signed Niedermeyer and Selanne and swung a trade for Pronger (who if you recall was demanding to be traded out of Edmonton), but why wouldn't these three want to play for a team poised to make a run for the cup?? The defence was already solid, the offence was established, and they had a great checking line in Rob Niedermeyer, Samuel Pahlsson, and Travis Moen.

As we can see from his time with the Leafs, if the team isn't already pretty much assembled for him Burke can't do much with it. Remember, this is a guy that lasted one year with Hartford before getting canned, drafted some talent in Vancouver but NEVER WON ANYTHING and was ultimately not renewed, and then won a cup with a pre-assembled team in Anaheim before bolting after getting punked by Dallas in the first round the following year.

Has Burke ever built a winner? Some will say that he laid the cornerstones in Vancouver by drafting the Sedins ('99) - and they are very good players to be sure - but we're going back to 1999, and the current success in Vancouver has little to do with Burke.

Murray will always be > Burke.
 


SHARKS#15
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Posted on: June 25, 2011 8:04 pm
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Since: Jun 8, 2009
Posted on: June 25, 2011 4:05 pm
 

Maple Leafs acquire D Liles from Avalanche

First, Murray resigned from the Ducks - he was not fired.
Second, the Ducks that won the cup were largely put together by none other than Bryan Murray - Getzlaf, Perry, Lupul, Kunitz, Rob Niedermeyer...drafted or brought in during his tenure as either coach or GM in Aneheim. Not to mention that MacDonald, Giguere, Pahlsson, Bryzgalov all developed under him. Hell, it was even Murray that signed Dustin Penner as a free agent out of university before he resigned.
What did Burke do? Signed Scott Niedermeyer and Teemu Selanne - good signings to be sure, but really, not a lot of thought required on his part. The difference between his team now and that Ducks team is that he doesn't have anything to lure free-agents with - there is no promise of a cup in Toronto, they are missing to many pieces. And Burke has not addressed that. Period. Sorry - but the team is heading into its 4th season with Burke as GM...the results so far: 08-09 12th East, 09-10 15th East, 10-11 10th East.
So congrats, the Leafs finished ahead of the Senators this past year. The difference though is this - Murray knows how to build a team that can contend for championships while Burke will continue to plod along hoping to buy one.
Oh, and as for the Avs giving up Anderson, I don't know why - maybe the same reason they gave Liles away?
 



Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: June 25, 2011 2:53 pm
 

Maple Leafs acquire D Liles from Avalanche

Murray has a plan ? What is it , Blotto ? Anderson , why did the Av's get rid of him anyways ? Burke will not resign Rosehill , and he is trying to trade Aulie , and he will resign Schenn . Plus , Kessel is young , and he will get better every season . I do recall the " Great One " was a one " dimensional " too . It seems that you have a problem who Burke . Tell me , what did Murray do after he left the Ducks ? Nothing , which is why the Ducks fired him , and he will be fired angain if the Sens ever start to play like they have been since he took over . Yeah , he have a plan , to look for a new career .



Since: Jun 8, 2009
Posted on: June 25, 2011 1:29 pm
 

Maple Leafs acquire D Liles from Avalanche

I'll believe Richards in Toronto when I see it. What possible motivation is there for him to go there? To play with an "elite" Phil Kessel? I don't think so. Brian Burke's plan seems to be to bring in as much defence as he can get his hands on - regardless of how much he overpays for it (Mike Komisarek - $4.5million) - and hope some if it works out. As for the offence, the Leafs have the greatest collection of third and fourth liners in the NHL. Now, there is no arguing that the Senators over-paid for Gonchar last year - but one has to wonder if some of Erik Karlsson's progression last season didn't come as a result of having a mentor like Gonchar in the fold. Similarly this year, don't be surprised if Phillips will plays a mentoring role to Cowen and Gonchar to Runbald. The addition of Filatov from Columbus is a gamble (but at a cost of a 3rd round pick, a cheap one), and there remain rumours of T.J. Oshie heading to Ottawa from St. Louis (another team interested in Richards' services, by the way). Murray has made it clear that Robin Lehner will play in the AHL this year - so no goalie controversy in Ottawa, Anderson is the number 1 guy (and at $3.2million per season without a NTC...well, how many teams would like to be in that position?).

And while I don't expect Ottawa to gun for the cup this season, I do expect Kuba to be traded at some point (will make a decent addition to a team looking to make a deep playoff run) - bringing in more draft picks (the kind that allow Murray to bundle 2 seconds for a first to get a guy like Matt Puempel - someone who will enjoy a far more productive career than either of the Leafs 2 first round picks).

Yep. Pretty sure Murray DOES have a plan...Burke not so much.




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Since: Jun 8, 2009
Posted on: June 25, 2011 11:32 am
 

Maple Leafs acquire D Liles from Avalanche

Hahahahahaha!!! Yet another "great" move by Burke! Unless he plans to play Liles at center he really hasn't done anything to address his team's most glaring deficiency - that being someone to feed the puck to the incredibly one-dimensional Phil Kessel (64pts, -20). Add that to the fact that they traded 2 picks to move up and take a "hostile" winger (Tyler Biggs with the 22nd) and then drafted another defenceman with the 25th pick and I think it's safe to say that this year's rendition of the Maple Leafs will do just about as well as last year's - good enough to get everyone buzzing at some point in the season, but then sadly falling short of the playoffs. By the way, the Leafs now have 5 defencemen under contract for next season @ $21.5million, and Luke Schenn (remember him - the future captain of the Leafs), Keith Aulie, and Jay Rosehill all still unsigned RFAs - good luck with that, Burkie!
 


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