Should Burke be given one extra year to redeem himself?
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12-30-2012, 03:57 PM
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Toronto, Ontario
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Previous to becoming GM of the Leafs, JFJ was a scout for San Jose. He had shown no ability whatsoever to be in a management role. Let alone one that comes with the pressures of the NHL largest market. Furthermore, Pat Quinn should never have been let go. He was on a string of playoff appearances but was forced out because ownership thought they could run the team better. It was an insult to a great man and good GM.
JFJ was young and controllable. Quinn was not. When Burke was hired, he made it abundantly clear he would only accept the position if he was given complete autonomy in hockey operations. It was known league wide that JFJ was nothing more then a puppet.
Actually before JFJ was hired as the Leafs General Manager he worked in St. Louis as their Vice President and Director of Hockey Operations. He was also at one point the Assistant General Manger for the Blues.
He became a scout for San Jose after he was fired in Toronto.
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