The Brian Burke Sounds Of Silence

And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made
And the sign flashed out its warning
In the words that it was forming
And the sign said “The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls
And whispered in the sound of silence

“We’re not going to ambush anyone. I’ve done this a couple of times. I’m not going to be able to sneak up on anyone,”
“They’ve seen this movie.”
“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.”

Remember the buzz last year leading up to the draft? Burke was all over the press talking about making moves, moving up in the draft to get Tavares etc….

This year?????


Amazing how quiet he’s been. Remember how silent he was prior to the Phaneuf and JSG deals? Silence speaks louder than words in Burke’s World……

It’s interesting to read Howard Berger’s latest blog:

“IS BURKE ANGLING TO MAKE THE PROVERBIAL “SPLASH” AT THE DRAFT AND IN FREE AGENCY? This train of thought, in my opinion, is being overblown for the second consecutive year. It is part of the mindset primarily because Burke is Burke: loud, direct and unambiguous. As a result of that – and the yearning of an increasingly anxious fan-base – it is somehow expected the Leafs’ manager will be the star of the show in Los Angeles and beyond. Who knows? It may unfold as predicted. But, the potential for the club to improve isn’t necessarily tied to a grandiose display by double-B. Amid the anticipation of last year’s draft in Montreal – much of it engendered by Burke’s public desire to wrest the No. 1 pick from the New York Islanders – the Leafs ultimately came away with their allotted selection, landing forward Nazem Kadri of the London Knights seventh overall. A trade that would have sent Tomas Kaberle to the Bruins for Kessel was aborted. In the end, Burke made precious little “noise” but it could be looked upon as an exceptional draft for the Leafs, if Kadri is able to apply his enormous skill-set in the NHL. It is also important to remember that Burke was very active during the past season, acquiring Kessel; the team’s new captain, Dion Phaneuf; a Stanley Cup and Conn Smythe Trophy winner, Jean-Sebastien Giguere, while brilliantly purging two of the most un-movable players and contracts in the league – Jason Blake and Vesa Toskala. That’s quite a body of work, and it doesn’t include the college and European free agents the Leafs have acquired in the past year. So, it’ll likely be difficult for Burke to “one-up” himself in the ensuing weeks, though I suspect he’ll grab a headline or two.”

Who is making this claim this year? When Berger says “because Burke is Burke: loud, direct and unambiguous”, ask yourself this, has Burke been any of those these things this year???????

Could there be a starker contrast then the lead up to the draft last year and this year?????

It seems that things are always busiest when they are the quietest…

Get ready for something to happen.

By the way, I think Howard should stick to the feel good stories. His blog post about his father, and his relationships with his kids was good. The piece on Brian Burke was excellent. His writing is much better when his heart is really in it as opposed to the fluff he has been writing for some time.

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