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10-28-2012, 12:23 PM
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For those Leaf fans that wanted a draft rebuild in Toronto, couldn't be more pleased by Burke's body of work that positions the team near the bottom of the NHL standings, and therefore earns the team lottery picks so we can draft high-end talent like Morgan Rielly.

So outside of trading away high picks, a mistake of which he hopefully has learned his lesson from, things are progressing nicely.

Burke's record shows 4 straight bottom 10 overall finishes including bottom 5 in 2 of the past 3 seasons. These are pleasantly (silver lining) unexpected results of the NHL's largest and most expensive management team, and spending to the full capacity of the hard cap ceiling to accomplish for Leaf fans endorsing a true draft rebuild team building strategy to a prosperous future. Other "tanking teams" need to play at the Cap floor and ice rosters intended for high draft pick returns based on talent levels.

"Better the devil you know than the devil you don't", applies here.. If the next Leafs GM ices a more competitive non playoff team like say JFJ did, that actually makes the overall long-term future position worse as it weakens the draft position within team failure. That is not worth the risk and gamble taking now.

Burke has 2 more seasons on his current contract and if he can continue his track record of team achievement similarly, and deliver a couple more top lottery picks in the upcoming seasons ahead in the process of his team building strategy, than he should be given time to fulfill his term. Combine that with the majority of expiring contracts in the upcoming seasons a "clearing of the slate" strategy, ideal starting point for our next GM to begin to build upon, after Burke's term is completed.

So I fully endorse keeping Burke, as long as picks and prospects are not traded during his remaining term and we stay the course.

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