Thread: Value of: Brian Burke
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01-13-2013, 02:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Beleafer4 View Post
Then why does everyone keep judging based on the kessel trade? And it wasnt just one or two trades he won.... if anything, he lost one or two trades.
Winning trades is great - Burke won a lot of the trades he made.

Look at the roster he's assembled. The majority of the guys are marginal players:

Steckel, MacAarthur, Maclement, Bozak, Lombardi, Connally, Frason.

Then, the "star players" he's aquired:

Lupul, Kessel, Phanuef

these guys are all a year or two from UFA, so they could be considered question marks as long as the future goes, and could all either leave for nothing or if they still will command a lot more money.

Basically, long-term, the team is committed to JvR and Grabo and then can be excited about Gardiner, Frattin, and Reily.

And of course, goaltending is still a huge question. If I were a Leafs fan, I would look to what the GM in Colorado has done, or to even what Garth Snow has done, and that's why I'd be even more annoyed with Burke's tenure/Ownership philosophy.

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