Thursday, February 10, 2011

Francois Beauchemin Let Off Burke's Bus

“I drive the bus. I decide who gets on the bus. I decide who gets off the bus. If the
bus is stuck in the ditch, then ultimately that’s my responsibility.” - Brian Burke
The Burke Bus was at it again – this time dropping off Francois Beauchemin in Anaheim and picking up Joffrey Lupul, prospect Jake Gardiner, and a conditional draft pick.

Beauchemin signed with Toronto as a free agent in 2009, but he wasn’t the same player with the Leafs as he was with the Ducks. With Keith Aulie ready to play in the NHL it was a smart move to unload his contract, which includes another year at $3.8 million (not sure how much of that was going into Wilson's pocket for ice time).

Lupul who was the seventh overall pick in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, has scored at least 20 goals three times. The 27-year-old joins the Leafs after missing about a year because of back surgery and an infection. He has two seasons left on his contract at $4.25 million each. It is a pretty pricey contract, but the Leafs will have a lot of cap room anyways going forward and Lupul will be a good addition to the club on and off the ice.

The hidden gem in the deal is prospect Jake Gardiner. Burke drafted Gardiner 17th overall for the Ducks in 2008 largely because of his strong skating ability. Gardiner, 20, has 30 points in 30 U.S. college games this year and if you are a prospect person you look at his 8.0C rating on Hockey Futures, and think wow what a steal for Burke... Gardiner is another solid prospect the Leafs can add to their cupboard, and he seems pretty excited to be joining such a historic franchise. Speaking of excitement, it appears Clarke MacArthur is looking forward to playing with Lupul in Toronto.
Forget about Lupul's misspelling of MacArthur's name and the word hilarious. What do you think of the trade?

13 comments:

  1. haha that pic is hilarious!

    I'm also very happy with Gardiner... I think TO won that deal easily

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  2. I love Burke's Bus..lol
    He just needs to be eating a hogdog while driving.

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  3. glad Beauchemin is gone... guy was a turnover machine

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  4. Clarke MaCarthur is awesome. The Leafs better lock him up for a few years.

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  5. Gardiner will forsure go pro next year. He needs to start playing against big strong guys.

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  6. Love this deal for the Leafs. Looking forward to watching Lupul play tonight. Hope it takes some pressure off Kessel to score.

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  7. Beauchemin never played up to his contract here in Toronto. I am glad that he is gone.

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  8. haha awesome pic, i remember burke making that quote and thinking WTF?

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  9. I wonder when Kaberle is going to get dropped off by Burke

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  10. Great trade, never liked Beauchemin, next domino to fall is Kaberle

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  11. Love the pic of Burke driving a bus. There should be a saturday morning cartoon about Burke picking up, and dropping off players.

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  12. The trade is good because Aulie is playing instead of Beauchemin. Lupul might be Ok. Probably a 20 goal scorer.

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