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01-14-2013, 03:25 PM
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All of his trades were amazing deals for the Leafs, however, his UFA signings were horrible at best. Ask anyone and they will agree that the Leafs had nothing in their system or roster, to having a better outlook going forward.
The Beauchamin for Gardiner deal and the Phanuef deal were clear wins. That does not make his 4-year tenure as GM a success. Sure he has made some solid moves, but judging the whole body of work, it was pretty awful. Not to get into the Kessel deal, but obviously, that was not an "amazing deal" for the Leafs.
Also - comparing Burke to an even more terrible regime I don't feel is valid either. I mean, as a Blue Jacket fan, of course, Scott Howson has been better than the disaster that was Doug Maclean. Does that mean Scott Howson is a good GM? Not even close. Any GM will look good when compared to pre-Burke leafs or pre-Howson Jackets or the old Atlanta regime or Pierre Gauthier. But you need to set your standards higher, especially when you are a cap team with unlimited resources like the Leafs.
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