Best Leafs Trades Since 1967 Countdown – No. 5: Flipping Francois Beauchemin for Jake Gardiner and Joffrey Lupul

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be counting down the best and the worst trades the Toronto Maple Leafs have made since 1967. 

It was a difficult choice deciding how to kick off the list of best trades that the Leafs have made since 1967. There’s a pretty clear top-four, but there are also plenty that you could argue deserve to be in this No. 5 slot for a variety of reasons. Anyways, I landed on one that features Brian Burke turning a veteran free agent signing into talent that would help the team through the rest of the decade.
When Burke arrived in Toronto in November of 2008, he promised to bring truculence to the team. The following summer, in his first off-season at the helm, he delivered on that promise.
Burke handed out multi-year free-agent contracts to rugged, shut-down defencemen Mike Komisarek and Francois Beauchemin, seemingly solidifying the team’s paper-thin blueline. He also added fighters Colton Orr and Jay Rosehill in free agency and acquired Garnet Exelby in a trade. No more Mr. Nice Guy!
Unfortunately, the truculent Leafs weren’t very good. In fact, they were really bad. They finished the 2009-10 season …

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Author: Cam Lewis / The Leafs Nation

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