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06-30-2011, 08:13 AM
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You know that song? "It's my birthday. I can cry if I want to."

Well, it's his birthday. He can celebrate with the troops if he wants to.

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06-30-2011, 08:15 AM
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I'm sure Nonis can handle overpaying a couple of grinders....

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Just because Burke isn't here it doesn't matter, Nonis has been the one that's been making the signings the past few seasons, He's the one that pitched Cammilarri to come, and heck with Waddel being great pals with Morris, I'm sure there's a chance he can get Richards to come unless Sather pullls out a massive contract to him in which I will not or even think Burke would match and Richards will be injured in New York and of course Sather will just bury him in the minors..

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I'm sure Nonis can handle overpaying a couple of grinders....
3rd lines are very important to a team's success. Look at the Boland line in Chicago when they won the cup, the Kelly line for Boston, the Lapierre line for Vancouver. If Leafs can land Upshall to play with Bozak and Armstrong assuming Bozak is not the 1st line C this upcoming season, this should be a productive line. Upshall and Army play a similar irritating style to the opposition, this would be a fun line to watch. If Leafs can lock up Scotty.

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06-30-2011, 08:22 AM
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I'm sure Nonis can handle overpaying a couple of grinders....
but true...

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06-30-2011, 08:24 AM
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I think it's stupid. timing is just stupid. why would he be there at this time of all times? I mean, he invites criticism with a move like this.

Yes I know, cell phones, fax machines, assistant GM's....I still don't get it.

Go next weekend!
Yah, why would anyone pick July 1st to go show support for the men and women who wear a red Maple Leaf and put their lives on the line for us?

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06-30-2011, 08:25 AM
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Yah, why would anyone pick July 1st to go show support for the men and women who wear a red Maple Leaf and put their lives on the line for us?
I think a few people seriously did not connect the dots while they were making those posts.

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06-30-2011, 08:26 AM
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HellasLeaf is probably very young. This is both a great humanitarian and PR move.

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06-30-2011, 08:29 AM
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ive lost the hope the brad richards will be a leaf.

we no longer need a pmd, so we wont see anything on that front.

brooks laich re-signed, so plan b is gone.

cant see burke signing connolly.

its going to be a maxim talbot/scottie upshall signing and thats it.

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06-30-2011, 08:30 AM
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Forget Free Agency What About Pride Brian

What About The Pride Parade??

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So Burke is in Afghanistan trying to sign a top player?



Honestly, stupid timing though. Good thing we have Nonis, Dudley, Fletcher, Poulin, etc. We have about 4 or 5 GM's there.

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06-30-2011, 08:32 AM
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I think they planned July 1st. several months ago.

I'm guessing they decided July 1st. was UFA day almost as long ago as they planned the trip.

Guys there is no justification needed.

Everyone knows July 1st. is the first day of free agency, and also Canada Day.

Burke has already been in touch with the RFAs according to the rules of engagement.

Leafs have 3 other ex-GM's under contract and I'm sure they all know their game plan. What would happen if Burke was in hospital, no free agent signings?

Can't say I agree with this, but perhaps Burke isn't going to be the front man on contract offers because he sucks at it, so that is why he and not Nonis is going to the troops.

Use the best skills for the right job. Same way Burke didn't make the calls at the draft, maybe he isn't making the calls in this second draft.

It isn't like they have to go to the board to get permission to sign players or spend to the cap.

Burke isn't needed ... maybe he could take Wilson with him?

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06-30-2011, 08:37 AM
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oh please. quit slurping Burke for one second, defending every single thing he does.

why aren't the other 29 GM's there. it's just unprofessional, how can you not see this??
unprofessional? Let Burke's bosses tell him what is professional and unprofessional. I don't know if you are being sarcastic or not but a few of your comments have been nothing but disrespectful to our country and our troops. Burke knows what his job entails and if he thought this was actually going to interfere with the leafs operations and actions in free agency he wouldnt be there. He has a team of professionals with a ton of experience who he trusts and have done this many times before. He is going to a war torn country to support and rally 1000's of our troops on our countrys birthday, and he wasnt even born in our country. You should be ashamed of yourself.

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06-30-2011, 08:40 AM
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Forget Free Agency What About Pride Brian

What About The Pride Parade??
I know you tried to make a burn, but you just come off looking uneducated.

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06-30-2011, 08:42 AM
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So Burke is in Afghanistan trying to sign a top player?



Honestly, stupid timing though. Good thing we have Nonis, Dudley, Fletcher, Poulin, etc. We have about 4 or 5 GM's there.
*Vietnam like flashbacks of Jeff Finger signing*

OH GOD NO.

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06-30-2011, 08:43 AM
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Great move by Burke, when Yzerman goes off about how we screwed him with an offer sheet Burke will say he was off in another country doing humanitarian work and that Nonis went in for the kill.

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06-30-2011, 08:45 AM
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So basically your telling me Nonis has signed most of our guys and Burke has signed most of our College players like Hanson and Bozak :S

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This is why they should move Free Agency Day from July 1st...but I seem to recall it was shot down by the PA or something, so here we are.
That said, we can trust the other GMs in the Leafs office to make these deals. ...Stampkos must be impressed by this!

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06-30-2011, 08:46 AM
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*Vietnam like flashbacks of Jeff Finger signing*

OH GOD NO.
July 1: Leafs Sign Brad Richardson 6 year 55 million dollar deal

"DAMMIT CLIFF NOT AGAIN!"

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06-30-2011, 08:47 AM
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Burke gets paid 5 million a year to take care of this ship. Certainly supporting the troops is a good cause and nobody is going to debate that, but the troops have been there for 10 years, and the timing of this is bad.

Even if Nonis is handling everything -- just for the smallest and tinyest chance that he is needed here -- he should be.

Afghanistan could wait until next month and he doesn't need to be there at arguable the most important time of year.

Sorry Burke, actually I'm not sorry, you are always busy calling people out -- well it's your time to face the music and the 5 million a year you get to manage this team says your butt should be here. No excuses -- this is bad management. You can support the troops on another day -- they've been there for ten years -- and you didn't need to be there right now.

Unless Brad Richards is in Afghanistan then there's no reason Burke should be. But I'm sure Brad isn't becuase this is one of the most important days of his career and is sticking around just in-case he is needed.

Burke will never admit he isn't perfect but he's made some mistake -- big mistakes -- hopefully this doesn't become one of them.

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Burke is basically the face of complaints. The others do the rough work and he gets the flak/praise.

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Burke is basically the face of complaints. The others do the rough work and he gets the flak/praise.
What if Brad Richards want to hear it from the horses mouth -- hear what Burke's plans are for the team before signing? And Burke is off in some dessert unreachable?

Supporting the troops is admirable but the timing of this is bad.

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06-30-2011, 08:52 AM
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What if Brad Richards want to hear it from the horses mouth -- hear what Burke's plans are for the team before signing? And Burke is off in some dessert unreachable?

Supporting the troops is admirable but the timing of this is bad.
The same way he would do it if he was in Canada ... Over the ****ing phone. ...

wow.. you people are too much.

You think our Troops are sitting in a desert with no phones or internet ?
You know it is not 1965 atm right ?

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Jeez..the guy is over there to lift the spirit to the troops who fight for the freedom we take for granted everyday. I'm sure they're not thinking "hey, shouldn't you be in Toronto signing Brad Richards?"

There's bigger things than hockey, as hard as that might be to believe. Leaving a strong front office behind mitigates any effect this might have. If anything, Burke still has a phone and can talk to pending signees if he wants. Not a big deal.

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This thread is making it way too easy to spot all the young kids on this board. It's Canada Day, who are you to say what Burke should be doing with his time?

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