His confidence is shot.. Just like everyone else who left Toronto lately.. I can see him going to a team like Detroit or Vancouver and playing a decent role in their teams.
The confidence card is a nice blanket excuse for all the mediocrity that's been running through this town for a decade now. I was watching some 2002-03 Leaf games and the saddest thing of all is the fact that Aki Berg looked so damn good out there. Efficient, very mobile, made solid outlet passes. He looked like a million bucks.
Is the crap we watch today making the past look good or did we have it good back then and not even realize it?
The confidence card is a nice blanket excuse for all the mediocrity that's been running through this town for a decade now. I was watching some 2002-03 Leaf games and the saddest thing of all is the fact that Aki Berg looked so damn good out there. Is the crap we watch today making the past look good or did we have it good back then and not even realize it?
We had it good back then and didn't realize it..
Perfect example: Mats Sundin.. We made the playoffs almost every year just because of him.. Now we CRAVE this player in our system. It's easy to see.
Burke did Armstrong a favor by not waiving him. Nobody would have picked him up and he'd be in the AHL.
That would kind of the douchy move to do though. It's not like it's a massive contract that's being bought out. You are saving cap space and giving the player the opportunity to revive his career elsewhere. If this was Jeff Fingers or something, I'd agree with you that it would be better off burying him in the AHL.
I have no problem with buying him out. I hope he can revive his career elsewhere.
Before today: "Burke is so incompetent, can't believe his free-agent signings, we need to ship out LACK before the end of the summer"
Today: "WHAT?!? ARMSTRONG BOUGHT OUT?!? THE HEART AND SOUL OF OUR TEAM?!? FIRE BOURKE!"
There's no pleasing some people.
For me it's more LC than LACK. Even though Armstrong and Komisarek haven't played great, I never felt it was due to a lack of effort. Komisarek can be effective in the right role, and same goes for Armstrong. They are both considerably overpaid, but Connelly and Lombardi are the guys that seem to be invisible every game.
I like Armdog, hopefully he can turn his career around. A great character, locker room guy. That being said, he wasn't contributing on the ice.
I'm going to reserve judgement on this move until after July 1st. Burke will be looking to add some size, two-way play and physicality to our 3rd-line now. If Burke uses the cap-space to land someone like Doan or Prust (especially Doan, he would add a much needed veteran presence to our forward corps) on a reasonable deal this will be a good move.
The winds of change are blowing in Toronto, this move, and the JvR trade are clearly just the beginning of Burke's summer plan. So far Burke has drafted a high potential D man, traded for a talented winger with sky high potential, and he's started to dissemble LACK, and it's not even July yet.
I love it, just hope he keeps going and doesn't stop getting rid of the useless players who make dollars for nothing and continues to acquire and insert young players with potential. Been waiting years to see this happen.