Almost Sorry for Leaf GM Brian Burke – Summer of 2012 very Flat so Far for Leaf Fans

Almost Sorry for Leaf GM Brian Burke – Summer of 2012 very Flat so Far for Leaf Fans

CFN – I almost feel sorry for Leaf’s GM Brian Burke this morning.  Almost.    In 2008 Burke was hired with near messianic expectations, but the horrible Phil Kessel deal left the Leafs missing the play offs each year since his arrival.  Something that has led some in the Leaf Nation to call for his head.

While never as successful as Montreal Stanley Cup wise, Toronto is a huge pressure cooker of a market.   Fans there truly want success.  Burke was expected to fulfill that.

There certainly are not any money issues in Toronto as they are supported extremely well.   Their teams of the last few years have been near the top of the cap heap, but they stubbornly refuse to win or even make the play offs.    Last year’s rewarding of Ron Wilson with a new contract and then dismissing him was not a good looking move either.

Fans were expecting a big name addition this off season and so far Mr. Burke has failed them.    The reality is that the current team is not a Cup contender.  In reality the best thing the franchise could do would be to tank and rejuvenate.   They do have some good assets, but still are missing some key ingredients.   Ingredients they won’t get by making some band aid trades for goalies like Roberto Luongo who have never made the cut in the play offs.   Toronto is not missing that one key piece.  It’s missing a bunch.

The only trade made this off season was ridding themselves of one of their best defense men for  an injury prone winger that they want to shift to Centre.   That’s going backwards.

The problem for Brian Burke is that tanking this season surely will lead to his ejection from the GM seat which means some desperate measures will probably be on the menu for the  Leaf Nation.

Anyone missing Cliff Fletcher yet?

Verico

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Ivan Westra
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We would’ve been even worse without the kessel deal when it happened, you can say that the deal “left us missing the playoffs each year”. Also people forget that when you have one of the youngest teams In the league, sometimes time alone is all that’s needed for players to develop, not necessarily bringing in new players. Don’t get me wrong, I think this team could do with a big playmaking first line center and a veteran goalie (though I still think reimers the real deal give the poor guy a chance), but who knows.. Kadri is working out with… Read more »
Ivan Westra
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You can’t say*

Wow!
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Toronto is a useless team never to win again. Go Habs!

Blondie Burrell
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There’s a lot of teams competing, lots of luck involved. His love affair with toughness wasted some time, guys like Komisarek were miscalculations.

Spicer
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You are a Leaf hating tool. I usually don’t get sucked in to commenting on these useless articles but this one isbjustbso obviously written by a smart ass leaf hating Habs fan. Leave us and our awesome franchise and all our fans and support alone. We’ll be just fine . See you all Oct 13.

Kyle Alomar
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The Writer of this article is a pure genius (because he’s right). Thank you for telling it, not how it should be, but how it actually is: Brian Burke has been a failure, cindered by that putrid Phil Kessel deal. Ivan Westra is an absolute idiot. The Phil Kessel deal was good? Haha, what an idiot! I’m the biggest Leaf Fan there is, but don’t tell me that Tyler Seguin ( a team identifier and rebuilding chip) is better than scapegoat Phil! You are a wackjob if you think that that and the rest of BB’s moves have been up… Read more »
Ivan Westra
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Kyle alomar you are idiot, the trade wasn’t kessel for seguin, Hamilton and Jared knight straight up it was kessel for three high draft picks. A few bounces/injuries going differently during that season prior and things could have been totally different. Read over your message too u moron as you said “dont tell me seguin is better then Phil” when you’re clearly on seguins junk. Obviously the way it turned out it appears that we lost the trade even if kessel ends up scoring 40 a year just because seguins gonna be amazing and we also gave up a future… Read more »
willie191
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If I was GM of Toronto Maple Leafs, I wouldn’t change a thing. As long as fans are willing to pay top dollar to see low quality hockey, why spend more money. Owners are happy, banks are happy, seats are sold, finances are the best in the league. It’s about money, not hockey. I’ll watch the River Kings this year.

willie191
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Phaneuf is the most over rated defenceman in hockey history, pfft-haneuf

Mark0
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I have supported the leafs all my life, but it’s time to fire Burke and build through the draft. Yes it takes time, but Edmonton took that route and look what they have. They will be a deadly team. In order to win a Stanley cup you need a number one pick or two, not the 5th or 7th pick. They do the same thing every year. They’re great out of the gate, then fall out of contention close to the end. Then just when you think they might get a decent pick, they win the last couple of games… Read more »
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