It was after a little dose of the Sedins that the head coaches of the St. Louis Blues and Philadelphia Flyers were served their pink slips. So it's only fitting that the offensive bulk of the Toronto Maple Leafs found themselves changing cities immediately after being embarrassed by the psychic wonder twins.
Toronto was involved in a 10 player shakeup this Sunday morning as Mr. Burke traded away 4 of their top 6 forwards, a top defenseman and a terrible goalie to acquire Dion Phaneuf from the Calgary Flames and Jean-Sebastien Giguere fron the Anaheim Ducks.
To the Flames go Matt Stajan, Niklas Hagman, Jamal Mayers and Ian White in return for Shrek, Fredrik Sojstrom and prospect Keith Aulie. Not necessarily a heinous trade for the Flames, who are solid in goaltending and defense but are all kinds of terrible in scoring depth. They don't lose much shipping off Phaneuf as they get a very serviceable Ian White in return. Toronto gets a defenseman, who like him or not, makes the blue line on the Leafs a lot more potent, a little more scary, and unbelievably more ooglay.
In another trade, the Leafs send over Jason Blake and and Vesa Toskala (lol) to the Aneheim Ducks for disposed starting goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere. Essentially a salary-cap dump for the Ducks who receive some more scoring depth in return, and a chance to play a legit starting goaltender for the Maple Leafs.
There's enough players going so many ways that your head could explode. Say what you want about Burke, he just stacked a blue line that now has Phaneuf, Kaberle, Komisarek, Beauchemin, Schenn and Finger who will be standing in front of Guigere. He just immediately addressed the league leading GAA.
It'll be a different story on offense though where Phil Kessel, Alexei Ponikarovsky and Mikhail Grabovski find themselves as the lone scoring talent on the team. I guess it's time for Colton Orr to hit up the shooting drills?