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by Paul on 03/28/12 at 05:19 PM ET
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
...Actually, Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland, who most of you will agree knows a thing or two about winning a Stanley Cup, believes it should be 10 years before a general manager should be judged.
His argument is that’s how long it takes to change the culture of an organization after you take over. General managers cannot simply show up, declare the incumbents are louts and buffoons, sack them all and bring in new players. Theoretically, I suppose he could if the owner is willing to pay off all the contracts but the salary cap and the NHL Players’ Association suggest otherwise.
The other problem for a new GM, Holland points out, is that the first player you draft with that supposed high pick from taking over a failed team will not be ready to make a meaningful contribution to your team for four years. And the smart picks you make in the second and third rounds of the entry draft will take even longer.
So a general manager will be four-fifths of the way through a five-year mandate before the results are evident from his best draft pick. That’s thin evidence with which to judge a GM’s effectiveness.
Which brings us back to Mr. Burke. He is three years and four months into this job. Since he arrived in mid-season in 2008-09, at the very least Burke should get until the end of the 2013-14 season until is hauled in front of the MLSE board of directors and ordered to explain himself or else.
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