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    The off-season is always an interesting time in the NHL. With a number of free agent players looking for new deals in a league that doesn’t always guarantee employment , there is plenty of speculation as to where some of the top names available on the open market will land this summer. Where will big-name聽players like John Tavares, Rick Nash or Ilya Kovalchuk wind up? Will guys like James Neal, Joe Thornton and Evander Kane try to get the most money possible on the open market? Or, will players like Mark Letestu and Mike Green stay close to home and make it work with their current organizations?

    For some players it doesn’t make sense to move. They’ve either been with one team most of their career or have built a home in the city they currently play. For others, it’s about money and cashing in while the getting is good. Each player is different, but by looking back at both the history of the NHL and the history of the player in question , it’s not too difficult to make some logical guesses.

    Below is a list of 20 players, 10 of which will stay with their current teams and 10 of whom will move to a new location. We didn’t necessarily try to predict where the moving players would go but every once in a while threw in a potential prediction based on a variety of factors.

    Think we got it right? Let us know. Think we got it wrong, leave a聽constructive聽comment and tell us why!

    There aren鈥檛 a ton of words that can be used to describe former Maple Leaf GM Brian Burke鈥檚 time in Toronto. Damaging, disastrous, disappointing and discouraging are a few that come to mind.

    When Burke took over the role of General Manager on November 29th, 2008 Sonny Milano Jersey , the Leafs were coming off of three consecutive years out of the playoffs after the lockout of 2004-05, and found themselves out of a playoff spot 23 games into the 08-09 campaign with just 8 wins.

    With the hiring of Burke came hope. Their previous full-time GM, John Ferguson Jr. (Cliff Fletcher served as the interim briefly) made some good moves for the team, but was remembered for his blunders. Some of those included signing Jason Blake, trading a package of draft picks for Vesa Toskala, and no one could forget his 1-for-1 deal of Tuukka Rask for Andrew Raycroft. Burke had found a ton of success as the Vancouver GM from 1998-2004 Reilly Smith Jersey , and then won a Stanley Cup with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007. He had the reputation of a no nonsense, take charge type of guy who would get what he wanted.

    Looking back on his time in Leaf-land now, Burke made a ton of good moves. A few of those include acquiring Dion Phaneuf from Calgary, James van Riemsdyk from Philadelphia, and Jake Gardiner from Anaheim. However, the bad outweighed the good Brock McGinn Jersey Kids , and the results showed on the ice. His idea that his team needed to play with 鈥減roper levels of pugnacity, testosterone, truculence and belligerence鈥?/i> was more suitable for the big physical teams of the 2000s, and not for where the game was trending with speed and skill.

    With that, here are Burke鈥檚 20 worst moves as GM of the Leafs.

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