Aaronp18 wrote:No way does Burke get lynched for giving up either Gardiner or Reilly for Luongo. He should be doing whatever it takes to get a tender of Luongo's calibre, the main reason the missed the playoffs last year was because of their goaltending.
Yep. Burke is beyond the point of worrying about being lynched at this point. Unless Burke has a long-term extension locked up, Burke should consider producing some results and saving his job. Besides, Burke can pin it on Nonis, "Nonis knows him real well and believes..."
Someone mentioned earlier that Burke isn't known for trading blue-chip prospects on defense. That's true, but Burke also believes in the benefits of playoff hockey to young players and the organization as a whole. If Burke feels he's a top 10 goaltender away from making the playoffs Burke is exactly the type of GM to make a bold move. I think Burke will trade Reilly before he trades Gardiner, unless Burke isn't all that high on Gardiner. If Burke is willing to part with Reilly, Burke can get away with acquiring Luongo without subtracting much from the roster, which is significant because the Leafs roster with Luongo should be a playoff team. I'm sure Burke doesn't want to give up Reilly, but the other choice is to give up at least a significant roster player, which all the rumor deals suggest that would be the case, and I'm not sure the Leafs are in a position to do that and still make the playoffs.