Thread: Speculation: Can Brian Burke do it?
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04-09-2009, 11:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Salsabil View Post
He's only signed Hanson and Bozak, though. Dont you think thats a bit of an overexaggeration.
About as much of an exaggeration as saying, "Brian Burke has been an absolutely amazing GM so far."

Sure he's gotten a few of the top NCAA free agents, but he's in a position to do so. He can offer these kids minutes in the NHL that teams who are hoping to compete cannot. He also has plenty of cap space to work with. If a team like the Rangers gave Bozak that deal, Sather would be crucified-- as he should be anyway. He's also in such a massive hockey market that even when the Leafs suck, they'll still have legions of fans and sell-out each game. As opposed to a team like the Islanders who don't have that luxury.

If these kids pan out, he'll look like a genius. If they bust, he'll be laughed at. I don't see how that makes him better than any other GM who takes a risk and has the means to do so.

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