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Does Toronto Need A Brash Burke?

from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,

...is Burke’s agitated media style effective in the manic Toronto hockey market? In Anaheim, where hockey is the equivalent of crickets chirping, Burke’s bluster was a necessary noise to stir up interest in the Ducks. In Toronto, crickets chirping at the ACC warrants 24-point type. In that climate, Burke’s carny act only inflames the nerve endings of an already agitated fan base. He must keep topping himself, forever churning his roster.

Hence the three-year Tomas Kaberle departure watch in which the modest defenceman ascended to Carmelo Anthony stratosphere as Burke sought to trade him. The protracted Favre-ian melodrama left the city and its media exhausted by the time Kaberle was eventually dismissed to Boston last week.

The question: Does Burke’s over-wrought media style - tie askew, eyes burning with caffeined intensity - help or does it only beget more agitation?

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mmuskrat's avatar

Does anybody, other than the media people who have to deal with him, care?

Posted by mmuskrat on 02/23/11 at 02:32 PM ET

WingMan's avatar

Ha, mmuskrat I was about to type the same thing!

As a fan, albeit not living in TO - I don’t care what he says or how he says it as long as the team keeps improving and gets closer to a playoff spot and eventually the cup.

I think the TO media, given the chance, would write more about themselves than any other group in the world…  according to this article maybe they already are?

Posted by WingMan from The Q C on 02/23/11 at 03:38 PM ET

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