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Burke’s Madness

from Chris Richards of the Deep End at the Vancouver Province,

Nobody manipulates the media and uses it to motivate his team quite like Brian Burke. While Gillis employs sleep-tracking methods, dietary controls and cutting edge training techniques, Burke takes the old school approach and threatens people with their jobs to make them play to their full potential. Two weeks in to the season and Burke is already bandying about trade rumours to reporters, saying he has had a couple very “solid” offers recently. This is all presumably to light a fire under his team after they dropped a couple of contests following their ridiculously successful start to the season. Nothing to get a team motivated like the fear of getting shipped to Carolina.

In the past I have been critical of Burke’s methods. You don’t see any other GM in the league on the highlights as much as Burke, probably not all of them combined, and after awhile it seems like he is doing some of the yapping to feed his own ego.


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Nathan's avatar

There is no GM who has been given so much credit for doing so little. Whether it be now in Toronto, or at his previous stops in Anaheim and Vancouver.

If you take a second and look at the track record, and ignore Burke fluffing himself in the media, it’s pretty clear he’s—at best—a slightly above average GM.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 10/28/10 at 03:20 PM ET

WingMan's avatar

I agree mostly with VAN, but the changes he made in ANA made the difference in that team having a legit chance at winning it all… which they eventually did.  Further to that, the changes he has made in TO have been significant and have put the team in a better position to succeed.

If that is slightly above average, then I’d take it.  Is he the best GM in the NHL, prob not but he is better than most.

Posted by WingMan from The Q C on 10/28/10 at 04:06 PM ET

inferno31's avatar

Hes not the best, but he is an above average GM in this league. Considering we previously had a below average GM for a lower league, I’ll take it.

Figured it’d be a Red Wing fan with that comment too, spoiled with years of great management its easy to be at arguably the top best management in sports and look down.

Posted by inferno31 on 10/29/10 at 12:12 AM ET

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