The interview with Duthie really highlights a few things about Burke.
First, he was absolutely in love with the celebrity aspect of being GM of the Leafs. In fact, that seemed to be the most important part of it for him.
Second, he doesn't have a filter between his brain and his mouth. He says things and then literally denies what he said seconds later.
It is truly bizarre.
He says it is humiliating to be fired in such a way. Then, Duthie restates what Burke has just said, and it dawns on Burke that what he has just said doesn't fit in with the blowhard image he works so hard to cultivate, so he withdraws it.
Then he says he is not professional. Dawns on the clown how bad that sounds and then seconds later claims he is the most professional person there is.
He is a loose-cannon, a buffoon and a clown. His mouth constantly got him in trouble during his time as GM, embarrassing himself and the team.
When presented with his own words, he would fly into a rage. And then he would make a new asinine pronouncement and the whole farce would start again.
There was no time for him to devote all his energies to the most important tasks of being a GM. He loved the spotlight, as proven by his post-firing round of interviews. He might just stick around Toronto and become a professional blowhard.
What a sad, sad spectacle he is making of himself. Luckily his sycophants in the media are trying to paint the board members as the unprofessional ones instead of the shrieking, bellowing, unprofessional buffoon who also happened to fail at putting together a winning team.
I would argue with every single point you made but it'll be pointless because you seem delusional. You obviously don't like Burke and there is nothing wrong with that but Burke isn't like what you just described.
"Bring Burke Back" would be a semi-reasonable chant for the Home Opener if you ask me.
While I doubt that would happen, I would love it if it did. Not that it would change anything. But still. It would really be a nice compliment to a good man, however controversial and polarizing he may be.
He got a raw deal. I think we may live to regret the move. I'm also curious to hear the posters reasoning for why they think burkie will be back as our gm? What had given you that impression?
Bingo. In keeping with Toronto's legacy, it has once again shot itself in the ass with another bad decision at the executive level. No organization disrespects its assets more than Toronto. This equates to Ballard's failure to lock up a Don Cherry/Scotty Bowman coach and GM tandem, or Stavros vetoing Fletcher's deal to bring Gretzky in at 3 million a season. The list of personnel this franchise has disrespected is a along as it is shameful.
Burke will be back, but not downtown. When Markham gets its franchise, I sincerely think he has to be the front-runner for the GM gig.
What if it still happens and it had nothing to do with Burke?Who would you blame then?
Apparently it was all set to happen and it didn't. However if it happens now I'd say MLSE is for that direction, so I would blame them. I can't see Rogers/ Bell being impatient they just bought the team.
I am not a huge fan of Burke but didn't mind the guy.. The lawyer in him is great he has ppl in this city feeling sorry for him & making our ownership look bad but in the same breathe say I am not whinning.. like **** right off.... I payed thousands for tickets during his tenure and watched this team get wallpapered... then his talk I can make one trade and make the playoffs crap..
Here is where I defend him:
kessel trade - leafs underachieved should've never been 2nd overall but kessel brings 30-40 goals and is still yuong and on the rise.. plus he added Gardiner/Lupul for free by flipping his own UFA acq.. so those saying this sets us back are full of it.. Kessel/Gardiner =/> then Seguin/Hamilton the issue is we made Bruins better then needed..
The miss for burke is saying we only need a re-tool and by not landing the Sedins with Kessel or failing to get him that centre (Brad Richards) he failed to get the complimentary pieces that would have got us to postseason and def put Bos is worse draft pos..
Tired or the talk and legal answers.. all the best to the guy but not gonna q the move at all!