Thread: Speculation: Brian Burke vs. Marc Bergevin
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09-22-2012, 02:02 AM
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Originally Posted by seanlinden View Post
Holmgren also developed those 3 guys from bottom-of-the-lineup players / prospects to valuable contributors.

It's easy to look back at players he successfully converted into great ones, but where's Jiri Tlusty? (side note, is he playing for Jagr's team in the Czech Republic??)

Rebuilding is what teams who have a terrible season should (and most often) do. There's obviously different ways to do it, Holmgren executed almost perfectly, Burke's been a complete disaster. 4 years in and we're still hoping for a playoff spot. Holmgren hasn't missed the playoffs since he took over, and made a Stanley Cup Finals appearance. Obviously no cup so he doesn't get full marks, but that's a pretty solid track record.

Philadelphia was the worst or second worst team in hockey when Paul Holmgren took over, IIRC.
In ONE season. It's not like Philly was terrible for years or something. They had one terrible season. You think maybe it was a fluke? I'm not going to take anything away from Holmgren, but if you're gonna have this discussion at least try to keep it honest.

Although I will say this. He built an absolutely stellar team in LA

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