Should Burke be given one extra year to redeem himself?
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12-30-2012, 07:27 PM
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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.
as someone has pointed out, that's absolutely incorrect.
jfj was assistant gm, vp, and director of hockey operations with the blues. prior to that he was both an amateur and pro scout for the senators. he had lots of hockey experience, was an up and coming gm. no reason an nhl team wouldn't hire him to be their gm. he actually had quite a bit more experience when he was hired by the leafs than peter chiarelli did when he was hired by the bruins.
you're judging jfj strictly on the short time he had with the leafs. you have a clear double standard if you don't feel he should have had 10 years before being judged.
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