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Leafs On The Road Next Week

by Mike Ulmer / Toronto Maple Leafs
Ok, right about now would be nice.

With the March 3 trade deadline suddenly a factor, the Leafs will have to soon decide whether they will be buyers or sellers.

The league will be dark Feb. 15 to 28 for the Olympics. That leaves about a month for Leafs GM Brian Burke to decide what side of the buyer/seller dynamic he will work.

With 11 free agents able to walk unfettered next season, Burke has scads of rentals but little first-line difference makers he can parlay. With the trade of Tomas Kaberle officially, according to Burke, an absolute impossibility, the Leafs will be hard-pressed to garner worthwhile prospects or draft choices.

All of which makes this week a bit more important than most of the previous ones. The Maple Leafs will bring a 7-13-4 road record heading into Friday's game with them and a disastrous road trip could make Burke’s musings about the deadline seem quaint.

The Leafs play four road games next week, including three games in four nights.

Monday: Leafs at Nashville
Tuesday: Leafs at Atlanta
Thursday: Leafs at Tampa Bay
Saturday: Leafs at Panthers
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