Brian Burke once traded Alexander Semin for Trevor Linden.
It was actually the first-round draft choice that the Washington Capitals used to take Semin, who is blossoming into a top-end offensive talent. It is mind-boggling how this factoid's little nugget has anything less than 100% penetration, given the saturation coverage of Lord Brian of Bombast, lo, these past few weeks.
Alexander Semin for Trevor Linden ... Burke has not had the best draft record. Naturally, a leading opinion-shaper starts off his column by talking about the Leafs are in such a state due to their poor drafts eight, nine, 10 years ago.
Only in Toronto. Or as Erin Nicks would put it, "Woman, please."