Is Brian Burke On The Right Path?

Refreshing. That is what it is to read what Burke and Wilson separately had to say in their post season media briefings. Here’s a sample from Burke:

“We’ll immediately attempt to move up,”
“We’re going to talk to everyone between us and the first pick and see what the landscape is.”
“We’re going to see what it costs and we’re going to try and move up.”
“I don’t think we’re going to sneak up on anyone,” he said. “They’ve seen that movie.”
“I’m not confident every team has John Tavares as No. 1,”
“The goal for next year is to make the playoffs,” Burke said. “If that’s not the goal of every GM, they should get out of the business.”
“If we had better goaltending and found a way to win those games, we’d be right there,” Burke said. “We could have traded Luke Schenn this year and made the playoffs” but that wouldn’t have been in the team’s long-range interests.

I have no problem with any of that. Burke doesn’t get JT if the Isles draft #1. He may if it’s tampa or LA. Who knows with Atlanta. Announcing he wants JT may create a problem for Burke. What happens if he doesn’t get him? It’s not a huge problem, but it does create the issue of failure. Maybe he cares, if you listen to him, you think he doesn’t. As for current Maple Leaf players I would love to know what was said in their meetings yesterday. You can be sure that Wilson sent a pretty clear message to those he wasn’t overly thrilled with or looking to have back…

“We have a system in place where we’ll be able to monitor everyone’s progress on a week-to-week basis,”
“This environment is going to change and I expect it to be changing rapidly,”

Again that all sounds good to me. Should be interesting over the next couple of weeks.

“Burke said he and head coach Ron Wilson have progressed in their attempt to end the “culture of entitlement” some players feel when they play for the Leafs.”

“Anyone who thinks he’s on this roster because he has a contract is sadly mistaken,” he said, adding a mention that the buyout option kicks in July 1.”

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Carcel Mousineau
Carcel Mousineau
April 14, 2009 2:37 pm

I’m going to copy what I wrote on Hot Stove:

One thing I have seen from Burke so far in his tenure in Toronto is that Burke is extremely good at managing expectations. He warned Leafs fans not to expect much for Antropov. He told us that he wasn’t trading Kaberle at the deadline. He told us that Pogge didn’t deserve to be in the NHL. etc

Do you think he would build up hope about Tavares with no solid groundwork? I think Burke already has had some preliminary discussions with teams that could land Tavares about what it would take. He wouldn’t be stating his goal and setting himself up for failure if he hadn’t.

April 14, 2009 2:38 pm

Burke is no dummy, clearly he doesn’t want Tavares,let the headgames begin!

April 14, 2009 2:57 pm

I’d prefer Hedmen or Duchene anyway.If we had a core of Shenn and Hedmen on defense, we’d be set for the next decade.I think Tavares is too fragile for Burke’s taste anyway

The Meatriarchy
April 14, 2009 3:54 pm

I’ve alluded this on my blog before but I have a sneaky suspicion that Tavares may have quietly let it be know to certain teams that he wants to play in Toronto. Not some shitty false market.

Otherwise why would Burke be so confident on this?

April 14, 2009 5:09 pm

I just don’t see the value in Burke showing his cards so publically.He has to have a motive,otherwise it does him no service.

April 15, 2009 9:24 am

I think Burke may be doing a little chest-pounding in order to get Gilroy and Gustavsson to sign on the dotted line, touting an organization that will do all it can to build a winner. Whether he is successful in landing Tavares or not may not matter to him if he is able to land these two highly sought-after free agents.

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