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10-29-2012, 12:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Leafsman View Post
GM's are also alloted time to implement their plan and grow their team. Otherwise we'd see no GM last longer than a year.

A GM is evaluated on performance but only after a suitable length of time which depends on the situation he inherited. Marlies and other non-NHLers do impact the standings of the Leafs, though you can't see past your own stubborn short-sightedness to see that. You want every move Burke makes to win now while Burke is trying to win when the time is right to win and ensure the winning continues.
Agreed

He has 2 years remaining on his contract, and he is entering season 5 of his tenure. Now the question becomes how much time is left?

A GM's job is to balance current success with future success simultaneously to retain his job.

Case in point .. Former Hawks GM Dale Tallon drafted Toews, Keith and Kane for Chicago, and his replacement Stan Bowman won the Cup after his dismissal. LA GM Dave Taylor drafted Jonathan Quick, Dustin Brown and Kopitar for LA but was released for the teams struggles, only to have new GM Lombardi hoist the Stanley Cup on the back of his future work. Previous GMs brought in eventual Conn Smythe winners for his team, but didn't get to enjoy the rewards as time ran out. Time ran out for these GMs and stock piling the prospect pool didn't save them, because current team performance resulted in their dismissal.

Time is at the discretion of Ownership who control the fate of the GM and evaluate his performance on an annual basis, and decide if he is meeting their expectations and achieving their goals. Since the standard goal of any season is playoffs and competing for the Stanley Cup, its safe to say Burke is not meeting those in Toronto.

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