“There are three zones on the ice surface in this league. I don’t see that he’s learned to compete in two of them. He’s got to learn there’s a clock in this league and there’s so many minutes in a game and you have to compete through all of them. I see this as a guy right now who’s focusing on one area — and, even then, sporadically.
“So I don’t know what we have. I’m not ready to quit on the young kid. I’m not ready to throw him under the bus and rip him, but I think you can tell from my comments that I see big holes and a lack of commitment that’s not going to get him anywhere in my books.”
In other news, Kessel gets $8M/season on his extension.
Didn't take long for those $6M/season cap hits to look pretty good, did it?
I thought they always looked good imo. Giroux, Getzlaf and Perry are making $8M, and when you consider all of our kids (or atleast 3/4 at worst) are capable, if potential is to believed, of playing at a near PPG level like the aforementioned are, then the $2M/yr discount is key.
It didn't take long for Burke to stick his snout into the General Manager's affairs and kick Feaster to the curb. Game 1 of the season is tomorrow for the Flames.
Not that I disagree with Burke's comments on Baertschi - he is terribly overrated by Flames fans. He had 3 goals in his first 5 games two seasons ago and hasn't done jack **** since. Been more of a liability than anything, yet Flames fans cling to the hope that he's the next Eberle.
Baertschi is mentally fragile. He started bawling last year when Hartley sent him to Abbotsford. Burke's ranting and raving is probably going to backfire here, and further turn him off.
If you want Baertschi, there's no reason to trade for him. He'll likely be on waivers within 2 years. He's a one dimensional offensive player who isn't going to put up much offense playing on such a terrible team.