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05-12-2006, 10:26 AM
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Originally Posted by Mike8
I like Burke a lot, but what he brings to a team is an abrasive quality; both in his mannerism and in his roster-movement. When he takes over a team he cleans house similarly to Keenan: identifies players he likes, and removes everything that doesn't fit in that category.

The end-result is an entertaining, tenacious brand of hockey. But he hasn't proven he can build a winner.

Gainey's more methodical in his approach. It will take him longer to build a team, but based on his history--that approach winds up building not only a strong team, but a strong organization top-to-bottom.

Burke tends to rub some people the wrong way and Vancouver/Hartford were not known for being closely-knit teaching-organizations.

That said, I'm very pleased that the Bruins screwed up by not pursuing Burke who openly stated he liked Boston when he was removed from Vancouver.
I agree Burke can be somewhat abrasive, but you have to admire a guy who goes in front of the media and says things like:

“Hockey is a man’s game. The team with the most real men wins.”

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