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Where Did Burke Go Wrong?

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

Burke has gone wrong in the way he has grossly misjudged the hockey market in Toronto. He bought into all the age-old and misguided notions about this organization and its fan base, and in doing so, used that observation to make a flurry of ill-advised moves.

Shortly after Burke was hired in 2008, he opined that, “The guy that turns this team around and wins a championship here, they’re going to name schools after him.” A search of the hundreds of schools in the Toronto area failed to come up with a Conn Smythe Elementary or Punch Imlach Secondary and the way the Leafs are headed, it’s probably fair to say the Toronto District Board of Education won’t be breaking ground on the Brian Burke Middle School anytime soon.

And that’s because for all his smarts and his ability to change cultures, Burke believed the same myths that have been perpetuated by this organization for far too long. He was brought in to make the organization a winner and was seduced into believing the rebuild had to be done quickly. And nothing could have been further from the truth.

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madhatter's avatar

Words of wisdom. Stop trading first round picks, show some patience, don’t give up on guys after a few years of service. From the last three decades I can count one hand the number of Leafs who were drafted by Toronto and stayed with the team for 10+ years.

Posted by madhatter on 12/11/10 at 12:49 PM ET

WingMan's avatar

They actually had a “quiz” on the radio recently.  Since the 1980 draft only 4 Maple Leafs draft picks have amassed 500 or more points in their careers (not necessairly all with TO)....  that is 30 years of draft picks (20 realistically though).  4, that is it…  that speaks volumes about how the team has been run….

Wendel Clark
Vincent Damphousse
? <- I can’t remember this one… 
Yanick Perreault
Tomas Kaberle is 1 or 2 away…

YIKES!!  So based on that maybe it is best they flip their picks for players who are current NHLers?!

Bah, Burkie should have done the 5 year thing and do it properly.  Now I am not sure we are any further ahead…  Well I guess our C’s are way worse but the wingers and D are better (esp now with Komi out!!)

Posted by WingMan from The Q C on 12/11/10 at 05:41 PM ET

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