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04-11-2012, 12:38 PM
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barneyg
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Originally Posted by LyricalLyricist View Post
I never suggested a tank btw. If we look at a GM like Brian Burke(and here comes the "what has he done" comments") in Toronto, years later, he specifically says he wants to build a team both he and Carlye need for their philosophy. While Burke's time in Toronto has mixed reviews, it is because Toronto didn't already have a pacioretty, subban and price. His biggest fail was trying to get a top line forward to build around. While successful, what he lost was significant.
It's a bit OT but I disagree with your assessment. Burke's biggest fail is that he thought the Leafs would make the playoffs and pick 15-20 or worse in 2009-10. So he thought he was giving up something like Riley Sheahan (2010 1st #21) + Calle Jarnkrok (2010 2nd #51) + Connor Murphy (2011 1st #20), not Seguin+Knight+Hamilton. That would have been alright for Kessel. He thought he could make the playoffs with Kessel, Toskala, Komisarek and Colby Armstrong plus what they had before (basically Kaberle, Ponikarovsky, Stajan, Blake, Stempniak). That's his biggest fail.

So back to the Habs -- IMO whether to rebuild or not is not the biggest question. Whatever moves the new GM does, he must not **** up on player evaluation. If Plekanec, Gionta and/or Cole are traded away, something useful needs to come back, and that's a much tougher thing to figure out than whether you want to contend or tank next year.

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