Thread: Value of: Brian Burke
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01-13-2013, 02:27 PM
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Originally Posted by inthewings View Post
He's a nice player, and the deal worked out well for the Leafs, for the reasons you state. I just don't consider it robbery. You had the cap space and money to overpay a good player and took him off the hands of a team that wasn't interested in overpaying him.

The big tragedy here is that Calgary took the cap space and did exactly nothing productive with it.

Plus, every GM wins trades. Scott Howson has won trades. He won the trades with Ottawa when he was able to get Vermette and dump Pascal Leclaire. He won the trade where he got Umberger. He dumped an AHL guy like Kris Russell and got a productive Nikita Nikitn. He traded a KHL-bound Zherdev for Tyutin.

But no one in their right mind is going to call Scott Howson an elite GM. You can't judge a GM by one or two draft picks, or one or two trades in a vacuum. You have to judge the GM's work as a whole, and as a whole, Burke has hurt the Leafs in the present as their GM (not winning) and future more (tradingnpicks and making bad picks) than he helped it.

You can look at the Jackets roster and and prospects and at least say hey, long term, Johansen, Moore,

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