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by Paul on 12/11/10 at 01:13 PM ET
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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