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01-10-2013, 12:26 AM
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Burke's job was a ton easier than Howson's and he manged to be ten times worse at it.

Burke spent huge free agent dollars, and spent it terribly...all of his UFA's were busts:

Mike Komisarek
Tim Connally
Colby Armstrong
Colton Orr
Jonas Gustavsson
Tyler Bozak
Francous Beauchamin

Hard to argue that Howson didn't get more out of guys like Kristian Huselius Vinnie Prospal, and James Wisniewski. That's not to say Howson hasn't had his busts, but even Mike Commodore at least gave one good PLAYOFF season for the CBJ after Howson signed him before going bust.

The players Burke traded for, with the exception of Jake Gardiner and JvR, have been either terrible or horribly overpaid or overrated:

overpaid/overated category
Liles (who also got a horrific extension)

terrible at hockey category

Other guys he traded for, like Giguere and Versteeg, the Leafs got nothing out of and both went on to prove they are still solid players (Giggy in Colorado and Versteeg in Florida)

As far as prospects and young talent, can't say for sure either way - but I think a consensus of hockey people would prefer the likes of Murray, Moore, Atkinson, Johanson, Savard, Jenner, to the dreck in the Leafs system.

Voracek didn't quite develop into the player Howson thought. Howson turned him into Jeff Carter. That didn't work out....Howson turned him into Jack Johnson. Howson has at least been able to cover his tracks a bit, Burke hasn't come close.

Although both Burke and Howson are equal when it comes to hiring awful coaches (Arniel and Wilson)

(And this is all without even mentioning the abomination that was the Kessel deal or the awful Grabo contract)

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