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11-30-2012, 05:50 PM
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Originally Posted by marty111 View Post
The quintessential argument why Burke is a terrible GM [ignore the lucky Stanley Cup win and his record with Nonis and the Canucks] and a failure to Toronto is grounded on the results of the team thus far. Not my argument, but the argument of many.

If you look at the Oilers, everyone from here to Sweden thinks they are doing everything right and should be the gold standard for how to build a Stanley Cup Champion team.

Problem is if you take the results of the Oilers franchise as the only factor to determine the quality of work being done in Edmonton... well you end up thinking far less of Tambellini than Burke. But no one says anything of it.

It's just a contradictory stance to make your argument based on. Go on and ask people who despise what Burke is doing and love what Tambellini is doing. The correlation is very high between those who hate Burke for getting little to no results and those love Edmonton for the future that the team holds.

Question is: why hold Burke responsible for his results yet ignore the Oilers results and base them off of what potential they hold?

I'm comfortable with the assessment that Edmonton has more potential sure, but Kessel, Phaneuf, Lupul, Rielly, Gardiner, Kadri, JVR, etc. etc. arn't chopped liver.

The Toronto Maple Leafs potential is quite good right now IMHO and I'm also comfortable with letting that assessment sit until we know more.
The Oilers and Leafs have had two different strategies to rebuilding.
Tambo embraced a full rebuild and has stuck to it ever since. He realized his team and prospects were crap. He traded away Penner and got Klefbom, a top defensive prospect. He has also shyed away from over paying FA's in the past years. Could he have thrown all his money at Suter? yes, but rather he went hard after Schultz and landed another top d prospect. Did not signing top free agents and not trading prospects/picks for more established players hurt them the last years? yes. But in keeping on one path he has build a solid core with 4 dynamic forwards and 2-3 top defenseman.

The Oilers have followed one consistant path and strayed from in rarely. This lead them to be a lousy team with top prospects

Burkes intial strategy was win now. Hence the Kessel trade. And since then he has flip flopped from focusing on building the team through prospects vs mortgaging the future to win now. This has left the leafs with decent prospects and decent established players (Kessel is a superior player) But in doing this, he was not able to win this year/last year because he traded established players for prospects (Buechemin) and was also not able to build a solid core because he traded away top picks (Sequin, Hamilton) for established players.

The leafs have flip flopped on ideologies and this has lead them to be a lower quality team with middle of the pack prospects

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