Blockbuster deal changes the face of the Northeast

Brian Burke finally got tired of losing.  I don’t think anyone thought the Toronto Maple Leafs would be worth their weight in Air Canada Center ticket prices, but I think it is safe to say that most people would have thought Brian Burke would have made more moves on this hapless team before now.

After watching a 3-0 lead dissolve into a 5-3 loss, Brian Burke decided to pull the trigger on a move before the Olympic trade freeze.  With that, he brought goaltender J.S. Giguere and defensemen Dion Phaneuf to the East Coast.  Check out Puck Daddy’s post for the specifics on the trades.

Sitting on the last place spot in the Eastern Conference with 45 points – a conservative you could say the team gets better enough this season to go at least .500 – which puts them at about 73 points, no where near close enough to make the playoffs.

With only Carolina and Edmonton near them in points, the Maple Leafs could find themselves in position to lottery into the top drafts spot.

Suddenly, the face of the Northeast Division just changed for the 2010-2011 season.

The biggest variable out there, with such a big trade to start things off, what lies ahead with the Olympic Trade freeze and the trade dealine in the near future?

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