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08-05-2009, 11:38 AM
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Originally Posted by Frankie View Post
don't think burke is much better though. his personality is the biggest thing he has going for him. he comes across like he knows what he's doing and shouldn't be questioned, but the results don't match his bravado and intimidation.
As far as I can tell, it's been eerily similar -- start out with a flourish and make tall claims about "rebuilding" and "doing it right", which are then swiftly followed by turning around and doing the same old thing, acquiring veteran help from other teams, focusing on the near future and trying to make the playoffs. signing expensive free agents and signing/trading for crappy vets to block the very young talent they claim to want to develop.

Burke has unquestionably the better pedigree of the two, but he's made some truly awful moves so far (Kubina for Exelby is nearly as bad as anything Junior did). I think the biggest problem he has vis a vis a comparison to Junior's strategy is that the Leafs have ALREADY missed the playoffs several years in a row now. If he had taken over after the lockout instead of JFJ maybe things would have been different, but I doubt it.

It's not the fans that don't have the patience for a real rebuild, which is what everybody claims, it's the ownership. And until the ownership changes, we won't see a corresponding change in approach...they say the right things at the inaugural press conference, but their actions are the same old, same old.

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