Brian Burke has been the Toronto Maple Leafs’ general manager for exactly two years. Are you happy with the job he’s done? Has he done enough to even assess his work? Has he lived up to your expectations when he took over the job from Cliff Fletcher on November 29, 2008? There’s really only one way to judge an NHL GM’s work. Look at the roster he’s assembled and decide if the club is going in the right direction.
The gaping hole that Dion’s Phaneuf’s leg injury leaves in the Maple Leafs’ defence may be fatal. What might die is hope. Hope that the Leafs can actually make the playoffs in April 2011. Hope that they can avoid another season of cellar-dwelling. Hope that they won’t continue to be the underachievers that have inhabited Air Canada Centre (seemingly) forever.