Re: Is Calgary trying to get the first pick?
posted at 9/5/2013 4:11 PM EDT
In response to kelvana33's comment:
In response to red75's comment:
OK someone has to explain to me very simply - what exactly did Burke do in Anaheim, Vancouver and Toronto that was so amazing?
He added a total of four players to the Ducks prior to their Cup win - Pronger, Neidermayer, Beauchemin and Tyler Wright. Pronger and Neidermayer were big parts of that run, but the basic team was already there.
And what did he accomplish in Vancouver? Yes he brought the Sedins and Kesler to the club, and that did what exactly? Get them to a SCF loss 7 years after he was fired? That's an accomplishment that Burke deserves credit for? While he was there they had one playoff series win.
And TO? Again, what has he accomplished? Took a team over for five years that, again after he was fired, was finally able to win a whopping 3 playoff games?
Sorry, but I honestly think Burke is all reputation and simply is not very good at his job.
Red, when you say all he did was add Pronger and Niedermayer, those were two pretty significant parts, wouldnt you say? I'd say adding those two to the backend had a significant role in their cup victory.
As for the Sedins? Do you realize what he did to get the two back to back picks that high? He just happened to draft the two best players out of it to. The top pick was Stefan, and 4th was Brendl. Every other G.M knew what he was doing and he was still able to pull it off. I'd say that was pretty impressive.
In Toronto, he inherited a mess left behind by Ferguson. A bad team with a bunch of overpaid players with no-movement clauses. Turned it in to Phaneuf and Kessel In getting Phaneuf he dealt quantity for quality. The Kessel deal, I'd say right now it doesnt look as bad as it did a year ago.
Also, his construction of the silver medal U.S.A team. he took alot of flak for that roster and proved them wrong.
I like him. He's a gambler, who leaves teams in a better situation than when he inherited them. He's outspoken, brash and a quote machine.
On a final note Red, and it has nothing to do with his hockey resume, but you might want to check out the article he wrote in last weeks issue of Sports Illustrated. He is an advocate for the gay and lesbian community. Outspoken, educated and not afraid to stand up for what he belives in, is a guy I wouldnt mind having in my corner.
Niedermayer was a freebie though since that's the only place he wanted to go. By my recollection, he was only interested in playing with his brother. The Kessel deal still looks awful especially considering he probably won't be there after this season. They currently don't have the cap space for Kadri and Franson (5M to sign both).