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09-05-2013, 12:57 PM
T. Yoshi Muchakoopas
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Originally Posted by Asher View Post
It really depends what Burke can do. He got lucky (although you could argue one needs to be good to be lucky), by adding players like Gardiner, Lupul, and Phaneuf. I'm not a fan of the Kessel deal, but even I can't deny that he's been a good player for them. There are too many variables to project forward with a guy like Burke because you know he's going to be active.
If the Oilers had wished to avoid the rebuild as the Flames have done (and others have done), it would only be easy. They did it for years previously.

People forget that the 08/09 team was in a playoff spot in the last month of the season. They choked it away. It wasn't a bottom feeder, it was a mediocre bubble team.

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