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How does this make sense?

11/12/2010 at 4:35pm EST

Forget the fact that the Leafs can’t buy a goal these days.

Why is Brian Burke deviating from what he has been stating for the past year? As early as 3 weeks ago, he went on the record to say that Kadri simply needs more time in the AHL - that rushing him to the NHL does not make sense.

So after the same Nazem Kadri is called up today, I have to ask the “Why? Why Burkie?”

In the PR world, there is the common term known as the news cycle, the cycle of stories that journalists and media turn out on a daily basis. Conspiracy theorists could argue that Burke simply wants to create “different” news that floods radio airwaves, in-print periodicals and online blogs - a story different than the “Leafs can’t score” that has been talked about over and over and over and over for the past 3 weeks.

Others will say, Kadri actually deserves to be up here playing (i.e. Don Cherry). And maybe he does. Maybe Kadri is exactly what this team needs. But that does not answer the question as to why Burke has suddenly changed his mind.

It almost seems like Burke and Wilson are rolling the dice because there doesn’t seem to be another move on the horizon. They don’t know what else to do.

One has to think if this doesn’t work, Ron Wilson will be fired. It is the only logical next move. And odds are almost locked in on the fact that Kadri won’t be able to single-handedly save the Leafs.

So one has to wonder: How much longer does Wilson have?

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