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12-01-2012, 02:54 AM
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Originally Posted by Mess View Post
Burke traded Schenn for JVR and signed Jay McClement as two examples in preparation for his upcoming season which will be his 5th.

All 30 GMs got locked out by their owners in essence when the CBA expired and no more transactions were permitted thereafter. Burke is not somehow being unfairly treated for evaluation here as the same situation exists for his peers and the teams he is in competition for in the NHL standings.

There was plenty of warning for everyone involved that the CBA was expiring and the Owners were shutting the doors. The lockout is not a good excuse for any GM to hide behind as the reason for the current status of their team. He would be blaming his own employer for the reason he isn't able to do his job further.
That doesn't really answer the question.

With GMs not knowing the ramifications of the new CBA, especially with regards to contract length, and front loaded contracts, it makes perfect sense not to pull off some trades. I would expect there were quite a few GMs out there who may have been hesitant to make trades that they normally would have. Heck, some of the players are still not under contract because the cap implications were unknown.

Point is, technically, his 4th season hasn't finished yet, since he hasn't gotten the chance to ice the team that he may have been able to without the lockout. Once hockey resumes, his 5th season starts.

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SportsNet : Spector on Burke: Four-year report card
TL;DR: Spector wants Leafs fans' hits.

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