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12-02-2012, 09:02 PM
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Originally Posted by achtungbaby View Post
This is your favourite excuse for Burke... Look how crappy other GM's have been for a lot longer. It's really sad how low the bar you've set the bar for the Leafs. Why are we even arguing about the ****ing table scraps we've been given? Why not demand more??
Labelling it as an excuse and proving how it is an excuse are too entirely separate things. You've done the former.

Sather has endured his share of criticism, survived the storm, and built a pretty damn competitive team over time. Turning over the front office every few years hoping that you'll ultimately stumble on the magic success formula hasn't gotten the Leafs anywhere, and we've gone through some damn good men in the process.

There's some semblance of stability with this management group that we haven't seen a lot of in Toronto. Burke's only "mistake" was in failing to predict Komisarek's relapse, Versteeg's inability to crack the top 6, and Beauchemin's struggles under Wilson's system. Taking a 21 year old sure shot who could rack up three consecutive 30+ goal seasons AND handle Toronto pressure wasn't a mistake. The other biggie was allowing Wilson to implement a style of play which requires you to score off the rush as opposed to playing a puck possession game. In fairness to Wilson, he didnt have the assets to play a game that requires your guys to take a ton of abuse. Run n gun, one and done; whatever term you prefer, once the league started lightening up on clutching in the neutral zone, the Leafs style of attack was virtually mitigated. They had no answer, and the goalie (coach) controversy didnt help matters either.

A passing grade for Burke at this point wouldn't be any fairer than the opposite. The body of evidence isn't big enough, or complete enough, to draw any real conclusions. The overall picture is much improved over the last 4 years from an organizational standpoint. That's really all we know.

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