Brian Burke: The Format To Winning Is Crawl, Walk, Run, and Sprint

John MatheosContributor IIApril 14, 2010

TORONTO - NOVEMBER 29:   MLSE President and CEO Richard Peddie and Brian Burke attend a press conference announcing Burke as the teams new General Manager November 29, 2008 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Brad White/Getty Images)
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In a intense yet professional manner, Brian Burke, the general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, sat patiently in front of numerous reporters and answered vigorous yet important questions concerning the future. 

The questions stemmed from the Kessel trade to who and what the Toronto Maple Leafs may acquire in the months to come.

Brian Burke spoke in detail and answered every reporters questions in full detail. I must say I was impressed. When asked about Tomas Kaberle, he responded by saying,"Hey, Tomas has been extremely cooperative with us. He has waived his trade clause, and we're looking to do everything in our nature to bring a successful solution to this positive matter."

Furthermore, another question came about that I found Mr. Burke answered extremely well. There was a reporter that asked about the future of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Brian Burke answered this question the best way possible. Brian in his intelligent yet deep direct voice responded by saying, "The way you build a team is first you crawl, second you walk, third you run, and last you sprint."

Moreover, Brian explained that he has a blueprint. He's used this method continuously with other organizations and has had great success with them.

On the whole, I think Brian Burke is on the right track. By explaining to us all at this press conference that the development of this team is going to take time. Whether the Phil Kessel trade was a right one is yet to be determined. I truly believe that the Maple Leafs are on the playoff path. Thank you Brian Burke for this press conference, you've allowed everyone to have a belief that there is some hockey for Toronto in May.