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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