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by Paul on 01/26/12 at 03:59 PM ET
from Sean Fitz-Gerald of the National Post,
Burke tells the crowd at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management about the perils of trading, explaining part of the relationship that exists among general managers around the NHL:
“The good news is, if you make enough good trades, people forget about the horses— trades that you’ve made. People ask me, ‘what’s the worst trade you’ve made?’ And I would have to think hard about that, but I could tell you a couple real bad ones.”
He paused for a beat.
“A second-round pick in Vancouver for Vadim Sharifijanov.”
Burke paused again.
“That’s right. Everyone’s going, ‘who?’ Exactly. That’s pretty good evidence. I just told you it’s a bad trade. Now, it’s a bad trade. We overrated this player, we overpaid for him, but we fixed it. Right away, we said, ‘OK, we’re wrong.’ We got rid of the guy, put someone in the lineup who could help us more. We never recovered from that particular mistake, but we didn’t dwell on it and say, ‘maybe he’ll turn into a player.”
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