It's Brian Burke's party and Bryan Murray can make him cry if he wants to

June 25th, 2009 by Tambland Leave a reply »

Leading into this weekend’s NHL Entry Draft, there’s been a lot of talk from the Toronto area about Brian Burke “moving up” to a better pick in the draft.  He’s made his intentions very well known that he would love to add a John Tavares to the Toronto Maple Leafs roster.

Looking at Burke, you have to take a bit of it with a grain of salt.  He also promised to make sweeping changes, but he couldn’t even get rid of Thomas Kaberle.  I’m sorry Burke, but moving Moore and Antropov and bringing in Martin Gerber does not a good trade deadline day make.  However, this is also the same GM who managed to trade up and draft both Henrik and Daniel Sedin.  So in other words, stranger things have happened.

But personally, I think it could be Bryan Murray who makes the biggest splash at the Draft.  Well, Bryan Murray and a couple other GMs.  It could be legendary.  A coup d’etat if you will.  And most of all, an opportunity to show Leafs Nation that we still mean business in this Battle of Ontario.  Even if the Leafs can’t bring it on the ice anymore.

You see, Murray probably has the biggest bargaining chip right now.  A 50-goal scorer, NHL-ready, who can step in to a lineup and provide some much needed scoring power.  And I’m not talking about Chris Kelly.

Picture me this.

Dany Heatley's baseball stance

Dany Heatley - 50 goal scorer

Bryan Murray moves Dany Heatley to the Los Angeles Kings, and in return receives their 5th overall pick and Colten Teubert.  Now Murray sits with the 5th and 9th overall picks in the first round- in what is also considered a deep draft year.

Now Murray has some leg room to make some moves.  The New York Islanders are in desperate need of more than one player.  Even if they draft Tavares or Hedman, that team is not going to improve immediately.  But Murray also has some contracts he’d like to shed, and some picks.  So maybe he moves a roster player and number 5 and 9 to move up to the 1st pick overall.  Doesn’t seem feasible?  Why not play out the same scenario for the Tampa Bay Lightning to address some of their needs.  Or the Colorado Avalanche?

Better yet, why not play out the Los Angeles trade with a earlier pick like Colorado.  Now Murray is sitting with the 3rd and 9th pick.

Dany Heatley could be the impetus for changing the entire face of this NHL Entry Draft.  And with Garth Snow or Brian Lawton making no insinuations as to what they are going to do with their picks, this could be a very interesting Draft weekend.

I can’t remember the last time there was this much questioning just before the Draft.  With no clear cut 1st overall pick, next year’s NHL teams could look very different then you might have expected.

There is a fantastic opportunity to make a big splash here at the NHL Entry Draft, and I for one hope that Murray runs with it.

Stay classy, Bryan Murray.

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  1. Matt says:

    Yeah, I wish it was only Teubert and the 5th for Heatley. Last thing I heard was Frolov, the 5th, AND someone else for Heater. They’re all rumors at this point… but I’m already contemplating my beverage of choice when I get home.

  2. Tambland says:

    Personally I’d love to see Teubert in a Sens jersey. But they seem to be saying Minnesota now though. You’re right though. All rumours.

    I didn’t want to add to the rumour mill with this blog, but I’ve seen some big trades happen before at the Draft. Murray seems to play his hand pretty close to his chest at times, so it wouldn’t surprise me to see him make a bigger move than just a few roster players and picks for Heatley. I’m not necessarily believing that Ottawa pulls off a John Tavares, but I wouldn’t be too shocked to see something big go down.

  3. Burgundy says:

    Have ‘ye faith, Tambland!

    I think you’re bang on about Murray having something up his sleeve. Also, he’s said he’s talked with almost every team above him at the draft. Murray’s not stupid and although Heatley’s put him in a tough spot, he’s certainly not going to get raked over the coals.

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