First thing Burke will do as CBJ new GM... change there uniforms to look even more like team usa's uniform...then trade all 1st round picks for free wallets....lastly burkie dogs go on sale at nationwide arena.... october 2014!
I'm not so sure about Brian Burke in Columbus as some of you are.
They already have John Davidson, who is a talented hockey guy on his own, and is the 'Head of Hockey Operations'. That seems like a position Burke would want, as it gives him hockey autonomy. We also do not know if Davidson's hockey philosophy fits in with Burke's hockey philosophy; Davidson might want to do what he did in St. Louis, which was a slow and patient rebuild.
On the community side and for Columbus as a market, I do not think you can do any better. Brian Burke, out of the available general managers, will legitimize Columbus.
They also do not have the media that Toronto does. I do not see guys like Steve Simmons and Howard Berger or whoever giving him trouble like he saw in Toronto. He can be behind the scenes and just do his job.
he was also a pretty bad negotiator both in terms of trades and getting guys to sign resonable contracts. it would be interesting tho to see how he could do.
When you have no choice but to do exactly what the owners want you to do (get a #1 NHL starting goalie), your options are VERY limited.
Basically payed full retail price for both Raycroft and Toskala and both those guys werent legitimate #1 NHL starting goalies, because after all, what team in the right mind would willingly trade one away since they are so hard to find?
Both of those were good backup goalies that we were hoping could be number ones.