Globe And Mail Takes Shot At Brian Burke

By TSM

Interesting to hear Brian Burke lament that no team picked Colton Orr off waivers today. I’m paraphrasing here, but in essence it was an NHL without the need for the Colton Orr’s is not the league I want to see.

More interesting to see was some of the media’s response, especially Jeff Blair:

“God forbid that regular-season game No. 589 turn into one of those boring games played at a playoff pace absent the good fun of staged fights and line brawls, where a clean hit on a fourth-line player doesn’t mean somebody has to square up to somebody else.

You want a dangerous turn? A dangerous turn is giving ownership reason to question whether the game is passing you by at a time when you’ll be life and death to make the playoffs. Because when that happens, it is the messenger who gets old as well as the message.

On the other hand, at least Burke didn’t give Orr a contract extension. Been enough of those golden handshakes lately.”

Hmmmmm, interesting time to take that shot at Burke don’t you think? The team is in a playoff race, not a lock, but actually playing decent hockey for the first time in a long time. I wonder what brought this on?

Personally, here’s my 2 cents on the whole fighting enforcer issue. I think there is nothing dumber in sports than the staged fight. Reading stories that guys know days in advance that they are going to fight another player, is just plain stupid. If two guys go into a corner and a fight breaks out, I have no issue with that. If someone takes a cheap shot at a player and someone jumps him later in the game as retaliation, I don’t mind that either. I think star players need to be protected, I think the fights we all know are going to be happen should be outright banned. Easily dealt with? No. Will they get there, yes, I think a new regime will get there. The current regime won’t.

I loved the Friedman report on Hockey in Seattle. Just one problem. Key arena, the only arena in town was built specifically without ice capabilities. So, the only way a team plays in Seattle is in a new arena, OR with a major short term upgrade to Key areana. Otherwise it’s a long wait.

I don’t know why, but I didn’t catch any of 24/7 this time around. Not really interested in it this time around. I know this sounds dumb, but did the NFL season go much faster this season than in prior years. Regular seasons is over to me anyways a lot earlier than usual.

We are almost at that time for pitchers and catchers to report in baseball and it seems to me, from a far anyways that the rumored blue jays off season was much more exciting than the real one.

Curious, what killed the NHL trade rumor? The total lack of trading or???? Whatever the reason, I personally find it sad. So many insiders, so little inside news. There are now really just 2 days to excited as fans of the deal, trade deadline day and the draft. That’s it. Is this what Bettman Inc. wanted?

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Eugene
Eugene
January 6, 2012 3:08 am

“Key arena, the only arena in town was built specifically without ice capabilities.” Did you do any research at all? Must have been hard for the Seattle Thunderbirds to play there with no ice, eh? Typical Eastern response, try staying up past 10pm to pay attention to the West.

Ami Angelwings
January 6, 2012 3:29 am

Hmmmmm, interesting time to take that shot at Burke don’t you think? The team is in a playoff race, not a lock, but actually playing decent hockey for the first time in a long time.

I think Blair sees it differently, that the expectations of Burke shouldn’t be “fighting for a playoff spot”, so just that isn’t good enough.

I think the key words there are “actually playing decent hockey for the first time in a long time”… the bar is so low for the Leafs b/c of almost a decade of failure to even make the last spot xD

Gerry
Gerry
January 6, 2012 8:14 am

To me the issue of how the Leafs are playing currently and the issue of Brian Burke and his press conference regarding Colton Orr are two completely different topics. I don’t understand TSM why you find the timing of Blair’s article/comments curious or interesting.

I am not sure what to make of Burke’s comments, part of me wonders if this isn’t a smokescreen to cover the fact that this is a contract Burke signed that he is now burying, or is this some veiled way of telling his team to play with more truculence. Sometimes I have a hard time taking Burke’s pressers at face value.

Either way, I think the sad part of this whole story, is I think Colton Orr is damaged goods and the league and the Leafs are discarding another player whose only use to the team was fighting, something I don’t think he can capably do anymore due to his concussions. Would hate to see him get hurt bad in AHL fighting to prove he should get a shot with an NHL team.

Steve from Waterloo
Steve from Waterloo
January 6, 2012 9:57 am

The salary cap has likely had a key effect on the fighting component in the game.

Young “cheap” talent is much more valuable on the roster in a cap world than an overpaid tough guy who is used sparingly.

It has a snowball effect as team A uses there fast young talented guy on a regular shift (note the increasing use of the 4th line league wide?) and coach from team B looks down his bench as the big enforcer and thinks, “I can’t use this guy.”

BB sending Orr to the minors demonstrates that even the “old guard” is getting it.

Basshat
Basshat
January 6, 2012 11:01 am

Giving Orr his most recent contract was a mistake and Burke is trying to provide a smokescreen from the criticism. Instead of the media talking about yet another golden handshake-style contract, they’re reporting on Burke’s hypocritical tirade. If a player like Orr should be valued in the league then why is Burke waiving him?

Sad to see that Rosie Dimanno bought the tirade wholesale and printed a lament about the supposed need for fighting in the game and how this is better than a suit doling out justice. Really, Rosie? I guess football, Aussie rules, rugby, Irish hurling, and the likes just aren’t manly or physical enough. Rosie proved years ago that she is one of the best sports writers out there so what does she think she needs to prove now by hopping on delusional Mike Milbury’s “pansification of hockey” wagon?

Burke’s early season bubble has burst and now he’s panicking. In typical Burke fashion, that mans lashing out at everyone who isn’t in his imagined camp.

mike (in boston)
mike (in boston)
January 6, 2012 12:12 pm

there may be no place for fighters inside the rink anymore, but there’s apparently still plenty of room for them outside Flyers games.

Chef Mike in Burlington
January 6, 2012 1:42 pm

I know i’m in the minority here, but as long as the league not only allows fighting, but tacitly encourages it, anything they have to say about player safety, head shots or concussions is utter and complete hypocritical bullshit.

If fighting is so important to the game, you should have more of it in the playoffs since the games are more important, instead it dissappears. The game needs to evolve, its not 1988 anymore.

Rome
Rome
January 6, 2012 1:43 pm

Mike in Beantown, those weren’t hockey fans, those were just random people wearing Flyers jerseys beating up on random people who just happen to be wearing Rangers gear. Sincerely VanCity post Stanley Cup hockey guy spin.

I think it was a great yet angry lol article by Blair. Burke is upset that a player with limited skills and no other team is dumb enough to pick him up especially with his ridiculous contract.

The HBO series certainly didn’t get the mainstream hype as last season. The NFL season was great, from Buffalo great early start and drastic fall, GB going for a perfect winning season, Lions were this crazy team, and of course some guy named Tebow who the most polarizing player I seen.

TSM, last December you had a articles talking about power rankings on the MSM, is there any chance of something like that now. Maybe looking back in the last dozen months at who had success who didn’t. The major stories, winners and losers, positives and negatives of the MSM.

Sam in Oshawa
January 6, 2012 3:58 pm

It looks like Tie Domi has BBs ear to,cement heads rule!!!

Bora
Bora
January 6, 2012 4:25 pm

“Rosie proved years ago that she is one of the best sports writers out there so what does she think she needs to prove now by hopping on delusional Mike Milbury’s “pansification of hockey” wagon?”

Delusional is thinking Rosie is a great sports columnist. It’s been a horrible few days for anyone reading the Leaf beat in the Star the past few days. She writes like she’s writing a fairy tale or a romance novel.

Friedman already mentioned Key Arena is not built for hockey and talks between a Seattle group wanting to bring an NHL team and another group wanting to return an NBA team there broke down because they couldn’t agree to a plan to build a new arena both franchises would use.

Alex
Alex
January 6, 2012 4:33 pm

I though TSM tweeted over the holidays that his power ranking list was in teh works.

Mike
Mike
January 6, 2012 5:56 pm

Richie Rich had a interesting point yesterday on HockeyCentral at Noon on Sportsnet 590 The Fan. He was dumbfounded by Brian Burke and the Colton Orr situation. Its Burke’s fault for giving the guy a 4 year iron clad contract. In a salary cap world nobody would touch a guy with limited skill AND serious concussion issues. Burke just had a bit of a fit because nobody took a mistake contract off his hands. Is anyone else listenting to Prime Time Sports right now! this round table is AWFUL!

itchy butt
itchy butt
January 6, 2012 9:01 pm

I know the Toronto media loves Burke, but i think he’s as close to Harold Ballard as the Leafs have got since…..Harold Ballard!

Ami Angelwings
January 6, 2012 10:47 pm

“I know i’m in the minority here, but as long as the league not only allows fighting, but tacitly encourages it, anything they have to say about player safety, head shots or concussions is utter and complete hypocritical bullshit.”

Is that a minority opinion here? o: I completely agree with it!

Brad
Brad
January 7, 2012 12:50 pm

Happy New Year all!

I follow the Leafs on Twitter…this mornings tweet had a link to the Leafs Facebook page. Imagine my surprise, and my two daughters, when I got to the Leafs Facebook page to enter a contest. How in the hell is there PORN on the Leafs page. I was DUMBFOUNDED!! Honest to God I was disgusted. The Leafs should be freakin’ embarrassed about this. I did some research, and the PORN has been there a long time.
Totally disappointed and disgusted that NOTHING has been done to remove it. There are even comments from fans asking the Leafs to remove the porn, and still NOTHING! UNACCEPTABLE!!

1. Hazel Mae needs to change her wardrobe. I have NOTHING against women being hosts of a prime time sports show. What I have a problem with is Hazel’s attire. Are you kidding me?? This is a sports show for god sakes. Take a look at Brunt, Cox, Ritchie Rich et al when Mae is interviewing them in the tall chairs, they can’t even look at her. I don’t want to see her legs, I don’t want to see her arms. Her attire takes away from the interview, because ALL the ATTENTION is on her!! No other female reporter or host dresses like Hazel. They dress business casual. Hazel DOES NOT! This is not ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT. This is Sportsnet Connected at 6pm for god sake!

2. Rogers DOES NOT CARE! People can bitch and moan about Shannon and the round table. Rogers does not care. Just like their cable and Internet. If you have a problem with your service, ROGERS does not care! I have read countless negative remarks about Shannon, Shoalts, Cox and more. Nothing has been done. Rogers does not care.

3. I have to eat some of my words I said about the Monster being a brutal goalie. He has gotten better big time! Reimer, not so much:(

4. I watched Dion Phaneuf take the slap shot off the face Thursday night. I gringed. All I could here on the telecast was Greg Millen saying, “Oh No!” when the puck hit Dion’s face. I, for one, thought he would miss some games. I gotta tell you, he is a ROCK to be playing tonight!!

Love this site!!

Crazy M
Crazy M
January 9, 2012 11:06 am

Eugene,

While Key arena does have the ability to host hockey it only has 11,000 seats in the hockey configuration, so it would not be viable for NHL hockey long term.
They could however use it short term while they built a new arena.

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