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Is Brian Burke The Answer?

Steve TerryAnalyst IJuly 10, 2008

Brian Burke is considered to be one of the most coveted general managers in the NHL. Burke is currently the general manager of the Anaheim Ducks. He will be free to choose from a multitude of teams where he would want to go next year as his time with the Ducks is coming to a close.

The Maple Leafs are said to be very interested in his services in the fall season of 2009. But I ask... Is Brian Burke really the Answer?

What is it he would do that will cure any club from worst to first? Looking at his past, one can see that he has had some good moves and BAD moves.

Burke was responsible for the terrible goal tending of Dan Cloutier while he was general manager in Vancouver. He did not do too much for Vancouver beside drafting the Sedin twins. So if Brian Burke would have not had such a lucky draft the year of the Sedin twins... would he have been so well reputable in Vancouver?

Consider his run to the cup in 2007. He had some amazing acquisitions, but they were mostly due to just luck. Chris Pronger wanted anywhere but Edmonton. Scott Niedermayer wanted to play on the same team as his brother that year which team was conveniently in Anaheim. He drafted the expected Corey Perry. These were all no brain-er moves that could have been pulled off by anyone in his position.

So, what exactly would he do if he was placed in Los Angelos? If he was to be placed in a team like that... His reputation as the "most coveted general manager" would be no more.What you do get with Brian Burke is a good show.

The only team where he could get his giant head through the front door may be the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Leafs have made some big changes and have drafted well. With a club finally turning around its misfortune, is it time to bring in another wash out into Toronto?

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