Keep Burke or not if it was your choice?
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10-28-2012, 10:21 AM
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Mountain Standard Ti
He is under contract for another couple years.
Give him his contract and see if he can turn it around.
He said he could do it quicker, but was wrong, but he still is under contract so let him fix his problems within that window.
Gardiner and Lupul was a great trade for the Leafs. Funny thing is he moved a bad UFA signing in Beauchemin for those two. This is his homerun so far here in Toronto.
Really nothing else you can be excited about from his time here that was difficult or took a great GM to accomplish. Drafting high every competent GM would do what he has. Rielly was identified by the Red Line report, so that isn't a stretch. Biggs and Percy are just prospects, nothing special considering they were 1st. rounders. Kadri is still trying to figure it out.
Bottom line drafting is about scouting, not about the GM.
Red Wings get praised because of Datsyuk and Zetterberg, but it was really their scout's work and management's willingness to listen to their scouts. If you are paying scouts you listen to them.
So far scouting hasn't had a positive impact on the Leafs anyway. Perhaps it has on the Marlies, but the goal isn't improving the minor league team it is improving the Leafs.
Burke did finally swallow his stubborn pride and can Wilson, the only issue I have there is that it was much too late to do so. Could have replaced Wilson with Hitch long before Carlyle was available. I realize people liked the style of game Wilson was putting on the ice, even though it had no chance to succeed in the long run. Everyone just kept blaming the players.
Keep Burke until his contract is due, and if he has earned an extension give it to him.
If he hasn't got the Leafs in the playoffs in a 6 year window why in the world would anyone of sound mind give him more time?
Vaive and Ludzik on collapse, and Phaneuf.
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