Thread: Value of: Brian Burke
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01-13-2013, 01:47 PM
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Originally Posted by RogerRoeper View Post
Gillis had his best players handed to him. Why should people not give Burke credit for winning a cup, yet give Gillis so much credit for not doing so? If it wasn't for Burke and Nonis' moves, Vancouver would be nowhere.
You don't know that. Or at least wording it like that is unfair to Gillis. Gillis inherited a #1 goalie and three first line forwards. Outside extending them on team-friendly deals (which he did) and setting up a solid supporting cast (which he's routinely done, including adding two years of Ehrhoff, a top-pair d-man, for nothing) he really hasn't had to acquire star talent.

I suspect based in the efficiency he's shown that Gillis would succeed if his situation were to change and he needed to pursue top talent.

Bryan Murray left Anaheim with Giguere, Bryzgalov, Perry, Getzlaf, McDonald, Kunitz, Lupul, and Penner. The Ducks would have been nowhere without those guys, but nobody really credits him with the Cup win, and rightfully so - despite the talent, he made poor decisions in rounding out the roster.

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