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03-12-2013, 08:55 AM
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Toronto, ON
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No one? I guess the roster that Brian ripped apart in the media would come together and make the playoffs? Or was it perhaps our elite goaltender who would win us games? Or our first line center who would carry us on? Or perhaps our #1 d-man who would shut the opponents down? Or perhaps one of our many great leaders not worthy of the C who would step up and show the way?
Leafs had at the time one of the worst teams in the league missing so many key ingredients that a successful team needs that Burke was out of his mind to think otherwise and trade away 2 first round picks for a player we had no need for. It was a bad trade and the timing of it makes it one of the worst.
Agreed. Anyone with half a brain realized what a steaming pile of dog **** Burke inherited. It was his job to evaluate his team and decide where to go. It wasn't a very difficult evaluation, either. Sure, hockey isn't played on paper, but come on. That roster was downright hideous. Remember the top line of Ponikarovsky - Stajan - Blake?
Burke had the perfect opportunity to do slow rebuild and completely blew it by trading for Kessel, a player that with all his talent, only got us a 29th place finish. We would have finished dead last without Kessel's 30 goals. We didn't need Kessel at that point in time, and Kessel certainly didn't fit Burke's "truculent, pugnacity" philosophy, which makes it all the more baffling that he made this trade. If he had taken his time and did a proper rebuild, he'd probably still have a job right now.
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