For years, Brian Burke pushed off the idea of the rebuild the Maple Leafs have desperately needed since Lockout II. Rather, Burke tried to make-over the Leafs with toughness and grit while adding Phil Kessel and pleasant surprise Joffrey Lupul to boost the Leafs' scoring.
Yet last week when Burke was shown the door in favor of new general manager Dave Nonis, the Leafs still had the same problems that they had when he arrived: questionable goaltending, a thin blue line, and a stockpile of minor league talent that hadn't reached its potential.
After some of the Leafs' roster moves this week, it looks like some of these prospects' time to shine will be now.
A front office change a week before a lockout-shortened season hardly screams stability, but the Leafs were never going to be a picture of stability if they were to have success this year. Any chance of a playoff run seemed to lean on the acquisition of Roberto Luongo from Vancouver to give the Leafs th...