if they somehow won this year (lol), yes, burke would have to get most of the credit. but say that nonis trades for luongo at the deadline, he'd start to steal some credit himself. difficult to predict what might happen
That would probably guarantee them not to win the cup.
Well Burke could have had this a year or two ago if he'd canned his buddy Ron Wilson when he should have. Biggest difference is the coaching, no question in my mind. That guy nearly ruined Luke Schenn with his ridiculous "always have two hands on your stick" rule. Would be surprised if he ever coaches in the NHL again.
And for that matter, Allaire may have ruined Gustavsson's career; he came close to ruining Reimer's, although that's separate from Wilson.
Burke went out and got a lot of good pieces but he couldn't put it all together, and in trying not to be the guy who puts all the blame on the coach (what usually happens), he instead went too far and put too much blame on the players.