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11-15-2012, 02:05 PM
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It's not nearly as shiny as AA's deal.
He acquired 4 former all-stars, 2 of which are still top in their positions.
Burke even commented on saying AA has big balls to complete a deal like this. I mean when a guy like Burke, known for completing these high profile deals gives you high praise, it's pretty insane.
Not as shiny but potentially as impressive. He essentially grabbed a number 1 dman who wasn't even in the latter half of his twenties.
Sometimes I think people don't realize how adept at trading Burke is. Look at some of the trades he pulled off.
Getting Gardiner/Lupul, Phaneuf and potential JVR. These are three separate trades that could very well be looked as a trades that acquired core pieces for his team. Phaneuf the team's number 1 dman, Lupul the top LW, Gardiner the teams future at defense, and JVR potentially a long term top 6 piece.
The AA deal was intense and it would be amazing if Burke can pull off something similar, but I do think he's already done so to a certain extent.
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