So - time to track the trades that Bryan Burke has made as the GM of the Maple Leafs to see whether or not the Leafs got the best of the deal.
Of course we have a variety of new trades to add to the equation!
Therefor, how have Burke's moves favoured the Leafs so far?
So, beginning at Free Agency back in 2009 - Jul. 1 - I've gone over each of his trades and considered which team got the best of it.
13. Mitchell Trade [Feb. 28, 2011]
To Toronto: the NYR's 7th round draft pick in 2011.12. Colborne Trade [Feb. 18, 2011]
To the New York Rangers: John Mitchell, who has yet to play in the NHL for the NYR.
To Toronto: Joe Colborne, it'll be a while before he plays in the NHL. Plus Boston's first round pick in the 2011 draft.11. Versteeg Trade [Feb. 14, 2011]
To Boston: Tomas Kaberle, 5 games, 1 assist, 1 point and that's it.
I honestly believe that Toronto will get more out of this than Boston will get out of Kaberle for the rest of the year. However, for now, Boston has the advantage in this trade.
Straight up to Philadelphia for their first round draft pick in 2011. For now, Philly wins this one, as Toronto drops his salary for being a lousy third line player.
10. Lupul Trade [Feb. 9, 2011]
To Toronto: Joffrey Lupul, Jake Gardiner
To Anaheim: Francois Beauchemin
Lupul: 10 games, 2 goals, 3 assists and 5 points.9. Lashoff Trade [Aug. 27, 2010]
Beauchemin: 9 games, 1 goal, 1 assist, 2 points.
To Toronto: Matt Lashoff
To Tampa Bay: Alex Berry and Sefano Giliati.
No players have played NHL games here, yet.8. Versteeg Trade [June 30, 2010]
Jeez, what a snoozer trade!
To Toronto: Kris Versteeg and Bill Sweatt
To Chicago: Viktor Stalberg, Chris DiDomenico and Philippe Paradis.
Versteeg: 53 games played, 14 goals, 21 assists, 35 points.
Stalberg: 60 games played, 9 goals, 10 assists, 19 points.
DiDomenico and Paradis have not played a game yet. Head to head, looks like Chicago is leading in this trade so far. Notes: Toronto now has Philadelphia's first round pick for 2011.
7. Brown Trade [June 26, 2010]
To Toronto: Mike Brown
To Anaheim: 5th Round pick in 2010
Brown: 32 games played, 2 goals, 4 assists, 6 points and 51 PIM (plus a rockin' moustache)
Anaheim selected RW Christopher Wagner - no NHL games played.
6. Matt Jones Trade [Mar. 4, 2010]
To Toronto: Matt Jones and Phoenix's 4th (which Washington used) and 7th (which Edmonton used) round picks for 2010
To Phoenix: Lee Stempniak
Matt Jones doesn't have a lot of stats to his name, which is no surprise. I can't find any record of him on any Maple Leafs roster, but his link remains on their official site.
Stempniak: 83 games played, 28 goals, 21 assists and 49 points
5. Caputi Trade [Mar. 2, 2010]
To Toronto: Luca Caputi, Martin Skoula
To Pittsburgh: Alexei Ponikarovski
Caputi: 26 games played, 1 goal, 5 assists and 6 points.4. Phaneuf Trade [Jan. 31, 2010]
Ponikarovski: 16 games played, 2 goals, 7 assists and 9 points.
This is about to boil down as a wash. Ponikarovski was a healthy scratch for the Penguins in the playoffs, and nobody's even talking about Caputi and hope for him to join the Leafs in the future. I say this is a draw that nobody wound up happy with.
To Toronto: Dion Phaneuf, Fredrik Sjostrom, Keith Aulie
To Calgary: Matt Stajan, Niklas Hagman, Jamal Mayers, Ian White.
Phaneuf - 6 goals, 23 assists, 29 points and 74 games played.
Sjostrom - 4 goals, 6 assists, 10 points and 76 games played.
Aulie - 0 goals, 0 assists, 22 games played as a rookie (plus a wicked fighter, apparently)
Stajan - 8 goals, 36 assists, 44 points and 87 games played.
Hagman - 16 goals, 21 assists, 37 points and 89 games played. (heard he's cleared waivers)
Mayers - 1 goal, 5 assists, 6 points and 27 games played. (left Calgary as a free agent)
White - 6 goals, 12 assists, 18 points and 43 games played. (traded with Brett Sutter to the Hurricanes for Tom Kostopoulos and Anton Babchuk)
Calgary's really rolling right now, but it's certainly not because of Matt Stajan - The Leafs are rolling and it's definitely because of Phaneuf, Aulie and Sjostrom. I still say Toronto wins this trade, conclusively.
3. Giguere Trade [Jan. 31, 2010]
To Toronto: J.S. Giguere
To Anaheim: Vesa Toskala and Jason Blake
Giguere has played 44 games, with 17 wins, 17 losses, 2 shutouts and 6 overtime losses. He has 112 goals against in 2441 minutes played (or a 2.75 GAA).
Blake has 18 goals in 88 games with Anaheim, 41 points. Vesa Toskala was swapped for Curtis McElhinney, who was who has traded to Tampa for Dan Smith - in any case, the assets from this trade have expired.
Giguere has given the Leafs a win for almost each of the goals that Blake gave the Ducks.
2. Kessel Trade [Sept. 18, 2009]
To Toronto: Phil Kessel
To Boston: 1st and 2nd round picks in 2010 and 1st round pick in 2011.
Phil Kessel has 134 games, 57 goals, 47 assists and 104 points for the Leafs so far.
Tyler Seguin has 59 games, 10 goals, 11 assists and 21 points for the Bruins.
Jared Knight (32nd overall, 2010) has only minor league stats, 63 gp, 36 g, 21 a and 57 points for the London Knights in the OHL.
Boston, of course, hasn't made their 2011 first round selection. Toronto is winning this trade so far. Especially now that Kessel is playing well.
1. Primeau Trade [Jul. 27, 2009]
To Toronto: Wayne Primeau and a 2nd round pick in 2011
To Calgary: Anton Stralman, Colin Stuart and a 7th round pick in 2012.
Evaluation: All that's left of this trade is to see what Calgary's 2nd round pick in 2011 will mean to the Leafs, and then what Toronto's 7th round pick in 2012 will be (though, it's much more likely the 2nd round pick is more valuable than the 7th round pick).
Advantage: Toronto, decidedly.
I think I'm missing a few trades here, like swapping Martin Skoula for a pick - but ... who cares? I'm certain whoever they selected in the draft for Skoula doesn't matter. They picked Sam Carrick from the Brampton Battalion in the 2010 draft, the fifth round.