Jack Todd Ripps Brian Burke

Wow does Montreal Gazette writer Jack Todd rip a strip off Toronto maple leafs gm Brian Burke:

“Burke’s work in Toronna has been more of a crash landing. After several years during which the Toronto media beat the big Burke drum without mercy and the lobotomized faithful of Leafs Nation actually believed the big galoot could lead them to the promised land, it appears that he has put together a truly awful team. Harold Ballard awful. Comedy skit awful. Big, bad and – well, just plain bad.

It’s doubly weird, because Burke has a higher profile than anyone in NHL world this side of Pierre McGuire and Sidney Crosby – and we’re not sure about Crosby. Already this week, however, Burke was the target of a brilliant hatchet job penned by one Jacques Strapp on pucku.ca. Among other things, the piece suggests that for Burke, tampering is almost a way of life.

The Sedin twins? Mike Komisarek? Phil Kessel? There is “Burkie,” happily meddling away.”

Here’s hoping there’s a retort

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Down Goes Brown
October 17, 2009 11:17 pm

Wait, Jack Todd reads (and quotes) pucku?

Garrett Bauman
October 18, 2009 12:34 am

DGB:
You just answered every question about Jack Todd that I ever had.

Eggbert
Eggbert
October 18, 2009 1:53 am

I’ve never read Todd before, entertaining writer.

jeffysize
jeffysize
October 18, 2009 8:59 am

one of the worst, most slanted articles i ever read. wow. it’s amazing to how many ‘journalists’ are jumping on the sell out bandwagon with regards to the maple leafs. i wonder what this douche will right if/when they ever start winning again?

7 games in, and this guy’s writing an article about an established GM, who’s been on the job for less than a year. IMO, this article is at least 1 yr premature…

LeafFan1989
LeafFan1989
October 18, 2009 1:27 pm

And Bob Gainey has created a fantastic team over there in Montreal hasn’t he.

Trevor
Trevor
October 18, 2009 1:33 pm

@Jeffysize – Hockey is a game of what have you done lately and Burke hasn’t done anything lately. Wilson is on a down swing too – let’s move Schenn to the left side, let’s sit Hagman and Stajan.

I also hate it when we trade picks. Explain to me now how we are going to recoup any picks now? IMO Burke has set the franchise back about 4 years now. Who is going to be on the team next year? Who would want to be? This is a team without direction right now and I don’t think you can blame fans for jumping ship. I say it’s about time!

jeffysize
jeffysize
October 18, 2009 2:03 pm

@Trevor. fair nuff. jump away i guess! my problem is with everyone getting bent out of shape before kessel has even played a shift. as well, the media seem to be doing what they do best, and that is CAPITALIZE on bad news…especially when it pertains to the ever popular TML. right now, the leafs are an easy target…would the media rather they weren’t? then what would they have to piss and moan about? also, you know why burke traded those picks? because he signed BOZAK & GUSTAVSON! with honourable mention to hanson. bozak, gustavson, and hanson are as good of prospects as any of the the other 1st rounders taken this past draft. people need to have patience, and stop taking the media at their word.

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