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Reaction Continues To Burke’s Statement Today

added 8:00pm, Watch the Burke press conference below…


from Damien Cox of The Spin,

What I heard was a requiem for a heavyweight.

Nothing wrong with that.

What I also heard was a dedicated, long-time hockey guy lamenting the way the business used to be, the way the game used to be.

Nothing wrong with that.

That’s what I heard behind all the words Brian Burke uttered today while announcing the team’s decision to send enforcer Colton Orr to the minors after he had cleared waivers.

Let me repeat that. After the Leafs CHOSE to send Orr down. Nobody made Burke do it. It wasn’t about a cap consideration. If Orr was so beloved and his role so important, the Leafs could have kept him.

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from Jeff Blair of the Globe and Mail,

“I’m not throwing stones,” Burke said, making it clear that if there were “no dance partners” for Orr on a given night, it made greater sense to dress players such as Darryl Boyce or Joey Crabb. Yes, the general manager of a team actually lamented that he had to dress more talented players with at least a modicum of hockey skills over a guy whose best asset is throwing punches. Wow.

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