Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke insists ‘tanking’ a non-starter
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03-14-2012, 07:59 AM
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THe whole premise of this argument seems to be that draft picks equate to a better hockey club, because that has worked on occasion in small markets. It has also failed. And it doesn't work in big markets where the media rips you regardless of what you do during the process of repairing your franchise.
We use nifty catch words all the time like retool and rebuild. What this club has needed is REPAIR, from the bottom up. BB has managed to load up on some nice pieces, and to protect them from the media and fans. That bodes well for his successor should he be ousted before he needs to borrow from the future to salvage his gig and move the needle on this club.
He now needs to solidify the G position and add key pieces to that core group. Had he believed a Kadri or a Colborne was ready, he'd have graduated them at the deadline and shipped out Macarthur or similar and cashed in on a decent pick. Thats been his M.O. to date...that he hasn't, is telling. The kids aren't quite ready, and rather than whining on Twitter, they should be focused on winning a championship with the Marlies and building off of that for next season. Less yapping, Nazem, more squats, lunges and protein shakes. And give Roberts a call in the off season...
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