From the beggining of the draft, Brian Burke and the Leafs have been busy. With the fifth pick in the draft in Pittsburgh, Burke chose defenseman Morgan Rielly. Fans and insiders were stumped with the choice Burke made by drafting a defenseman instead of a forward but were given their answer on why they chose Rielly the morning after the draft. On June 23, The Leafs traded defenseman Luke Schenn to the Flyers in exchange for forward James Van Riemsdyk.
Van Riemsdyk, a Left Winger from Middletown, New Jersey was on Burkes radar since the trade deadline. Fans all had Van Riemsdyk on the second line but two weeks later, Head Coach Randy Carlyle announced that he wants JVR on center. Burke was sceptacle on Carlyle's descision as he was and still is shopping around for a first line center. If Burke acquires a first line center and JVR stays on center, Grabovski would have to be dealt as JVR would be put on as the second line center. If Leafs were not to acquire a first line center, JVr would be put on the first line and Grabovski on the second.
If the Leafs were to have a better chance at making the playoffs, Burke would need to acquire a first line center and a starting goaltender. For the whole 2012-2013 season the Leafs needed a first line center as the center line up for the team is weak. Going into last season the Leafs thought they had their starting goalie in James Reimer. With Jonas Gustavsson as backup, Reimer was dominant finishing for the team in the 2010-2011 season and going into last season. Five games into the season, disaster struck and Reimer suffered and injury keeping him out for half the season. When Reimer came back from injury he wasn't the same player he was and becoming very shacky between the pipes.
With Gustavsson gone, Burke has been shopping around for a starting goaltender and shopping hard. If Burke were to acquire these two pieces, Leafs will have a better chance at making the playoffs.
- First Line Center
- Starting Goaltender
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