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from Eric Francis of Sportsnet,

SPORTSNET: What did you learn about Sid you didn’t know?

BRIAN BURKE: We have the best practice habits of any team in the NHL, and he drives all that.

Our practices are high-tempo, difficult practices with thoughtful drills and the guys really work hard. Mike Sullivan does a great job, but Sid drives it.

Can we assume your early assessment of the Penguins is that the team isn’t ready to rebuild just yet?

Correct. This group is under contract for another year and we’re going to keep seeing what we can do. We believe in the group.

We’ve made the playoffs 15 straight years. We won two Cups - five and four years ago - and then we were eliminated in the first round the last three years. We’ve got to reverse that trend.

What was the biggest adjustment to getting back into management?

The part that was different was we got right back into it – I signed my deal on a Thursday and went to Pittsburgh on a Sunday or Monday and we were right in the bubble.

No bars, no restaurants or going out. We’d play the games, fly home and it was regimented and no social life at all.

I actually had a hard time spending time with my players, which I love to do.

It’s going to be a lot more fun now that things are opening up.

continued, includes more than just Penguins...

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TreKronor's avatar

Correct. This group is under contract for another year and we’re going to keep seeing what we can do. We believe in the group.

We’ve made the playoffs 15 straight years. We won two Cups - five and four years ago - and then we were eliminated in the first round the last three years. We’ve got to reverse that trend.

Good luck with that.  Now is the hard part because you are mediocre enough to believe in your chances, but bad enough to not have a true shot at a Cup.

Posted by TreKronor on 09/08/21 at 01:00 PM ET

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I can’t blame them for trying one more year with Crosby, Malkin and Letang still under contract but the rest of the roster is pretty terrible and the goaltending situation could be a disaster. They COULD qualify for the playoffs again but a deep run seems improbable.

If heading towards the deadline the team looks no better than the team that bowed out early in playoffs last couple of years will they be willing to deal 2 or all 3 of those players and get started on the rebuild? They all have NMCs. Will they waive them?

With Crosby and Malkin out early, they could fall behind early. Burke may have to deal with this issue sooner than he expects. Teams rarely start the rebuilds at the “right” time. Rebuilds are generally forced by truly awful play.

BTW I’m going to get sick if they miss the playoffs and get the #1 overall pick.

Posted by evileye on 09/09/21 at 09:00 AM ET

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Paul, looks like the link is broken above. Here’s a link to the page, Q&A: Brian Burke talks offer sheets, Sidney Crosby, Olympics.

Posted by beardChamp on 09/09/21 at 12:16 PM ET

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Thanks beard…, fixed.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 09/09/21 at 12:19 PM ET

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