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05-12-2006, 10:32 AM
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Originally Posted by turnbuckle
Burke didn't clean house; he inherited lots of key components which he proceeded to surround with solid role players and Neidermayer and Selanne.

Bryzgalov
Giguere
Salei
Visnevsky
Lupul
Perry
Getzlaf
Penner
McDonald
Pahlsson
R. Neidermayer
Kunitz
Smid
Ryan

That's a really solid base to build from. Bryan Murray didn't leave the cupboard bare, far from it.
I don't know what part of 'clean house' you're objecting to, but the fact of the matter is that Anaheim was a very different team before Burke came in. The salary structure, style, and discipline had all changed. Anyone that didn't fit into Burke's approach to those three factors were removed. That's cleaning house.

As for that list of 'base' players... well, Ryan was drafted by Burke. Lupul, Getzlaf, Perry are solid prospects but you'd find prospects of this level in many organizations--and few wind up being as successful as this trio has been down the stretch for Anaheim.

McDonald, Pahlsson, Beauchemin, those three rookies, Penner and Bryzgalov were put in different roles & had different expectations than years past--and all flourished.

If you posted that list of players two years ago and said it was a 'solid base' then you'd be flat-out wrong. Not one of those forwards had ever played in a top-six forward capacity (aside from McDonald on Fedorov's line in a purely energy/solid-team-player role) ... and none of those defensemen are terribly unique nor core parts to a team.

Essentially that list of players was a good supportive cast, but nothing more. Until Burke cleaned house.

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