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12-01-2012, 12:33 PM
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Burke was hired Nov 2008 and therefore the 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 & 2011-12 NHL seasons have all passed and been completed.
The 2012-13 is his 5th season now (in progress) no matter how you slice it, as the historical NHL record books have Burke as the GM on file of those previous 4 seasons in Toronto. While he hasn't been able to ice a team yet due to his own bosses locked the doors keeping his players off the ice, it was well known this was going to happen also. So at best your argument is that his prep work for
was effected by uncertainty and the lockout.
My point however was Paul Holmgren and Ken Holland and Jimmy Rutherford etc etc and all other GMs are in an identical similar situation here, and Burke is not in some unique handicapped situation here.
GM Rutherford in Carolina had no problem trading for top line center Jordan Staal and signing him to a 10 year $60 mil deal in advance of a lockout, nor dipping into the UFA pool to land a top 6 potential PPG forward in Alex Semin preparing his team for this upcoming season. He was under the same "excuse" situation of uncertainty as all his peers, and despite being a small market team playing on a limited budget seems to have address his teams needs and made improvements and when/if the lockout ends he will have his team ready in a limited amount of prep time to ice a team he believes could earn a playoff spot by his offseason improvements.
Leafs fans have to hope I suppose that in the short 1 week scramble time in a shortened season, that Burke can pull off blockbuster trades addressing the needs for a #1 Goalie and #1 Centre before the puck drops on his 5th NHL season in Toronto. All this while not mortgaging the future of picks and prospects for instant gain during his rebuild.
Its this, what Burke and his current assembled team will do in the future that numerous Leaf fans are hanging their hat on believing & hoping optimistically will bring future success to the team and improve his status and job performance as GM beyond his current 4 seasons already past, which all ended in bottom 10 overall finishes.
This is Burke's 4th off-season, when he gets to control the team that he wants to put on the ice. When the off-season ends, and the pre-season transactions can be conducted in light of the new CBA, his 5th season begins. Regardless, this is mostly semantics. and hopefully we'll be in full agreement in a couple of weeks that Burke is indeed in his 5th season.
It's not unreasonable to think that there may be deals a couple of signatures short of becoming binding. A week is plenty of time to get that done. Depending on how the new CBA effects the cap, and what retroactive punishment it assigns for cap circumventing deals (seems to be one of the debated topics), some teams may be forced to make some moves that teams like the Leafs could potentially take advantage of.
If it comes down to signing Jordan to a 10 year deal at a reasonable cap hit (not front loaded) or potentially losing the services of Eric when his contract expires, it's really a no brainer. There was hardly any risk, or calculation involved there, same goes for signing Semin to a 1 year contract.
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