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Is Brian Burke A Fit In Calgary?

from Damien Cox of The Spin,

Brian Burke to Calgary makes sense on many levels.

And yet makes no sense at all.

So all the unconfirmed reports Wednesday night that had the former Maple Leaf president and general manager joining the Flames in some undefined executive capacity as soon as this week certainly didn't come as a shocker, but at the same time, there's a great many unanswered questions.

At the top of the list would be the following; how, pray tell, is the notoriously independent and single-minded Burke going to work alongside Calgary president Ken King and GM Jay Feaster?

For this to really make sense, Flames principal owner Murray Edwards should be dumping King and Feaster and hiring Burke, who's strong work in rebuilding the Leafs is now becoming clearer, to run the whole operation.

That's how Burke does his best work. He's a take-charge kind of guy, an executive who charges in, tears things apart, brings in his own people and remakes the entire operation in his own image of what a hockey team and organization should look like.

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Primis's avatar

Brian Burke is not a “fit” anywhere in the NHL.

That doesn’t mean he won’t maybe join an NHL team.  But his style just doesn’t fly at the NHL level it seems.

Posted by Primis on 09/05/13 at 09:57 AM ET

NHLJeff's avatar

So says his Stanley Cup ring and silver medal.

Posted by NHLJeff from Pens fan in Chicago, IL on 09/05/13 at 10:35 AM ET

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So says his Stanley Cup ring and silver medal.

1) How much of hist Stanley Cup ring was because of his amazing moves?
2) Silver medal means he didn’t win.

Posted by Garth on 09/05/13 at 11:35 AM ET

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Compared to the gong show they’ve had in Calgary with the Sutters and now Feaster and his clan, Brian Burke is Sam friggin Pollock.

Posted by Chris M on 09/05/13 at 11:52 AM ET

Primis's avatar

So says his Stanley Cup ring and silver medal.

Posted by NHLJeff from Pens fan in Chicago, IL on 09/05/13 at 10:35 AM ET

Jay Feaster has a Cup ring too.

Sooooooo, you see how much stock THAT has.

Posted by Primis on 09/05/13 at 12:35 PM ET

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Garth, he signed Niedermayer and traded for Pronger. He came into a solid situation in Anaheim, but he sealed the deal.

Posted by NHLJeff from Pens fan in Chicago, IL on 09/05/13 at 12:35 PM ET

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Garth, he signed Niedermayer and traded for Pronger. He came into a solid situation in Anaheim, but he sealed the deal.

Posted by NHLJeff from Pens fan in Chicago, IL on 09/05/13 at 12:35 PM ET

His Toronto tenure though kinda’ counteracts all of that and then some.

Posted by Primis on 09/05/13 at 12:52 PM ET

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His Toronto tenure though kinda’ counteracts all of that and then some.

Posted by Primis on 09/05/13 at 12:52 PM ET

No one loves to hate on the Buds more than me, but they were a playoff team that took the Cup finalist to game 7 of OT this season, and it was a team Burke built.

His downfall in T.O. was his FA signings, they were dreadful. But in terms of trades, Burke was great.

Posted by Chris M on 09/05/13 at 02:04 PM ET

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His downfall in T.O. was his FA signings, they were dreadful. But in terms of trades, Burke was great.

Posted by Chris M on 09/05/13 at 02:04 PM ET

That’s not exactly a stirring compliment.  Teams sign more FA’s than they do trades, generally speaking.  So that means he’s a miserable failure more than 50% of the time.

Posted by Primis on 09/05/13 at 03:44 PM ET

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That’s not exactly a stirring compliment.  Teams sign more FA’s than they do trades, generally speaking.  So that means he’s a miserable failure more than 50% of the time.

It also means he’s about 30% ahead of where Feaster has been.

Posted by Chris M on 09/05/13 at 03:52 PM ET

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