Re: Brian Burke Speaks
posted at 3/3/2013 4:49 PM EST
Burke's single biggest mistake was not properly evaluating his goaltending. If he does a better job of that, then Boston doesn't get the picks, and no one talks about this.
His first year he brings in Martin Gerber who wins some big games for them and moves them down the draft order to #7. Maybe it will work out, but maybe they could have had a top 3 pick. Kadri might tun out to be the best of the bunch, but there were some pretty good players available like Tavares, Duchene, Hedman, and Kane. I remember him saying that he'd do everything he could to get better right now, and that was why he traded for Gerber. Problem was he had no talent to work with and was getting rid of everyone there so why not take the pass from the fans and management, and not tank out the first half year he was there, but just let it run it's course and get the best player available? No one would have questioned it.
Then he doesn't keep Gerber after that, and goes with Giggy, who had lots of injury problems, and the Leafs dropped off in the standings, even though they had Phil the Thrill, and finished second last. (thanks)
Then they sign "The Monster", and on and on.
Then Reimer shows up out of nowhere, and almost got them into the playoffs. But next season he gets hurt 9 games in, (cheap shot by the schabs of course) is never the same, but Burkie doesn't do anything to go get a good goalie to cover until Reimer is healthy again.
If he had had good goaltending, the B's get average picks, and everyone says the Leafs won the deal.