BY MICHAEL MCGLENISTER – FAN FUEL BLOGGER
Toronto Maple Leafs president and general manager Brian Burke has a chance to see what his team is made of with the younger guys on his roster, but will he give them the chance?
I believe it’s more important to try to get into the playoffs and give our young players some experience and really see where our weaknesses are. Burke has got to resist the temptation to load up with “rental players” for a delusional playoff run and keep this group together.
Blowing up the youth movement and trading our prospects away would be a huge mistake in my opinion. We have to learn from our own history that this method does not work for a fringe team, and that probably the club will be scraping and crawling just to get into eighth place.
The Owen Nolan and Brian Leetch trades of the past have gutted our minor league system and set us back years, and for what? And how could we ever forget the Andrew Raycroft and Vesa Toskala deals? We traded away Tuukka Rask and first and second round picks that are now gone forever. Those trades are benefiting teams that are now ahead of us in the standings.
The Leafs need to stick with their plan to build from within and draft and develop big truculent players. The fans are willing to be patient; all we need to see is improvement. We want a Stanley Cup! We have tried to trade for big name players in the past, with limited success.
Let’s give our youth a chance and hold onto these prospects and picks and see what they turn into. The quick fix method will keep this franchise struggling for many more years and without a Cup for its loyal fans.
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