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The Toronto Maple Leafs have increased optimism heading into the 2009-10 season. ((Frank Gunn/Canadian Press))

General manager Brian Burke's master plan has begun for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

A busy off-season saw the Leafs grab some notable free agents, including defencemen Francois Beauchemin and Mike Komisarek along with Swedish goaltending sensation Jonas Gustavsson.

Burke followed that up by nabbing forward Phil Kessel in a trade with the Boston Bruins that sent two first-round picks and a second rounder the other way.

And let's not forget about the talented youngsters Burke has stocked in Toronto's cupboard, or the increased number of pugnacious individuals that have suddenly popped up in the Leaf lineup.

With the rebuilding program in full swing, there's a sense of optimism in Leafs Nation that hasn't existed in years. But will it translate into the Maple Leafs' first post-season berth in five seasons?

Replay CBCSports.ca's live chat with Julian and Chemmy from the popular Leafs blog Pension Plan Puppets, as we broke down the Buds' prospects in 2009-10.