Thread: Value of: Brian Burke
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01-14-2013, 02:08 PM
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Originally Posted by TOGuy14 View Post
Errr I am not sure you are making valid points at all with your argument.

The guys that Tallon "purged", namely Horton, Booth, Wideman are all solid NHL players, with Horton playing a significant role on a top team in the league (concussions aside which is neither the fault of Florida or Boston).

Burke moved out Stajan, Poni, Antropov, Hagman, Mayers, etc. Most of these guys are fringe NHLers who should have never been on any team, and many aren't on any teams anymore.

Your argument is actually counter productive because in this sense I would say Burke did a much better job than Tallon.
Burke move out Stajan Poni, Antropov, Mayers, etc.

And he replaced them with the same type of expendable players:

MacArthur, Komisarek, Steckel, Maclement, Lombardi, Connally, Bozak, Armstrong, Orr, Brown, etc.

Yes - Tallon recognized Horton, Wideman, Booth were solid players that weren't in his long term plans with their contracts. So, yes he dealt them and got good value and picks.

BUT - unlike Burke, he replaced those guys with PRODUCTIVE players like Fleishman, Versteeg (both he had better offensive seasons than Booth and Horton) Bergenheim and Campbell. And, he didn't sacrifice and #1 picks or any future prospects to make his playoff push (which was successful)or fill his current roster.

So if your argument is that Burke did a good job of purging the roster of garbage players...well, 4 years into his tenure, the roster is still pretty much expendable garbage players outside of Phaneuf, Kessel, Gardiner, JvR, and Lupul. And Kessel and Lupul are nearing UFA status, and Lupul is almost 30.

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