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12-01-2012, 11:51 AM
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Originally Posted by 4evaBlue View Post
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.
The excuses never end do they?

"BURKE IS GONNA PULL OFF A MONSTER DEAL AND SEND THIS TEAM INTO THE PLAYOFFS - HE'S SO AWESOME"

Then he doesn't do **** ...

"BURKE WAS NOT WILLING TO OVERPAY - HE'S IN IT FOR THE LONG HAUL - OUR TEAM IS SO YOUNG AND HAS SO MUCH POTENTIAL - HE'S SO AWESOME FOR STICKING TO THE REBUILD"

Must be nice to be able to flip flop at every single turn.

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