Here’s a look at some of the fine work done by five general managers this trading season…
1. Brian Burke, Toronto
Acquired: Joffrey Lupul, Aaron Voros, (P) Joe Colborne, (P) Jake Gardiner, 1st round pick (BOS), 1st round pick (PHI), 3rd round pick (PHI), 7th round pick (NYR), Conditional draft pick (BOS), Conditional 2013 draft pick (ANA)
Traded: Tomas Kaberle, Francois Beauchemin, Kris Versteeg, John Mitchell, Conditional 7th round pick
I feel Brian Burke deserves a big pat on the back for his moves at this deadline. Yes, he has received a lot of scrutiny in the past over previous moves. But when you look at the players he traded away, they were not a part of the ‘blueprint’, as Burke would describe it. What did he get in return? Two upcoming and two former first-rounders, along with additional picks; and Joffrey Lupul, who has jelled with the Leafs in his first couple weeks with the team.