It’s difficult to have a case of the winter blahs when Brian Burke is the general manager of your favourite hockey team.
For the second consecutive year, the Maple Leafs general manager used the late January/early February period before the NHL trade deadline to shake up his roster, dealing Francois Beauchemin to the Anaheim Ducks for right winger Joffrey Lupul, prospect defenceman Jake Gardiner and a conditional draft pick in 2013.
The prevailing belief among those in the know is that Burke is far from done dealing, injecting a little excitement into an otherwise dreary stretch of winter. Stay tuned.
Mirtle is headed down to Leafs’ practice this morning and will file something to this space before tonight’s game versus the New Jersey Devils (7 p.m., TSN)
We’re also taping the latest edition of the Hockey Roundtable Podcast this afternoon, so look for it on globesports.com by 5 p.m.
Until then, the links:
Mirtle: Joffrey Lupul knows he has something to prove.
Globe hockey columnist David Shoalts on Brian Burke making a move.
Toronto Star columnist Damien Cox talks about the future and points out Lupul is now the second highest-paid forward on the Leafs.
Star reporter Dan Robson on the mystery that is Phil Kessel.
Toronto Sun columnist Steve Simmons reckons the Beauchemin deal is a win for the Leafs.
National Post columnist Bruce Arthur on Brian Burke’s struggle to get the Leafs pointed in the right direction.
Corey Pronman at Hockey Prospectus analyzes the trade.
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