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All Brian Burke, Russian Style

from Andrey Kuznetsov of Sport-Express (rough translation),

- What do you expect from Saturday's meeting Russian - U.S.?

- Classroom game. It will, if you will, hockey gold standard. In Russian the strongest goalkeepers and many superstars in the attack. The main thing that you guys with the first match look like a superstar. I mean, that hosts the Olympics like me already at the start of the tournament. Russian looked cool.

- Americans, perhaps, not worse. For applicants for gold is not dangerous to begin such a comfortable win?

- If you are on our own, no. Team, all accustomed to the idea "to go on, need to win each of the next meeting." Therefore, the U.S. has always set the cup. On the day of the fight with the Russian - especially. Besides no one deceive 7-1. Slovaks fought honorably, but after our scored twice in a minute, parted and lost hope of success. Let's see what can four quick link Americans against Russian craftsmanship.

more (translated)

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Simmons: Brian Burke’s off-the-cuff, hair-tousled presser was anything but impromptu

The Brian Burke press conference was talked and over-talked to death, especially given the fact that he looked so damn disheveled, but the Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons believes that Burke's messages were delivered with cold and calculated precision:

Burke is nothing if not prepared. He often works out his press conferences lines prior to having his press conferences. He writes down catch-phrases and memorizes them. Like an actor, he chooses his motivation, sets the mood and then determines what look he will display to the public he so often owns.

The look at the firing of GM Jay Feaster and assistant GM John Weisbrod in Calgary was that of a man who had rolled up his sleeves, a touch wild-eyed, having slept little and who hadn’t bothered to groom his lengthy mop. It was all part of a way of demonstrating how much he had put in to the decision to take over the Flames in earnest.

Some of the words in Calgary were familiar: Belligerent, truculent, impatience. Burke loves to talk about his teams, how he wants them to play, what his vision contains.

The challenge now, as it was in Toronto, is hiring the right people and executing his plan. He won his one Stanley Cup with Chris Pronger and Scott Niedermayer on defence first, not as much because of the physical manner in which the Anaheim Ducks played. He will be forced to go forward without two generational defencemen. As he found in Toronto, it makes winning and building all the more daunting.

Continued with oodles of other topics

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Video- Brian Burke On Three Hockey Topics

Via Sportsnet, Brian Burke discussed compliance buyouts, trades on the draft floor and his desire to become a GM in the NHL again.

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Burke Trying To Kick-Start Trades

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Brian Burke is trying to promote movement in the NHL.

Three executives told Sun Media yesterday that the Ducks president and GM has asked NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly to study a proposal that would allow teams to pick up a portion of a player’s contract to help facilitate trades.

While Burke tried a similar move last year with a per-transaction cap of $2 million (all terms US) and a per-team cap of $4 million, it didn’t fly. It’s believed he has lowered the amount this year to $500,000 per transaction and several GMs are on board.



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