Re: Toronto Record Tracker
posted at 11/8/2010 4:54 PM EST
In Response to Re: Toronto Record Tracker
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Toronto Record Tracker : My 2 cents worth, they could improve the team immediately. Team discipline needs to be there. Looks like anyone can do whatever they heck they want. The 2 extreme examples are the totally idiotic penalties and then there's Kessel who is out for a Sunday stroll on some shifts. I thought they were disciplined over their first few games and I thought that's what was generating the wins for them. I think the only thing for them to do is to apply the dynamite once again. Keep those guys you mentioned, the goalies and dump everyone else. Keep Kessel, but beat him into submission. Actually a lot easier than it seems, a healthy scratch fires him right up. I don't think Burke is the guy who can do it. I question his ability to evaluate young talent. And are some of the relationships built just becasue of the team USA connection? That's Wilson and Komiserak. No matter what, it won't be in time to save them this year.
Posted by BadHabitude[/QUOTE]
Note: This is a long-winded reply, so ignore if you want (I had a little time on my hands).
Discipline is a big part of the problem, but I actually think they are much more disciplined then even last year. Having said that, it's hard to teach some old dogs, new tricks. Need to improve more in this area - Agreed.
Kessel is an interesting study. I actually think he is at his best roaming around and looking to get into position where he can take his shot or drive to the net. He should always be thinking offense first because that is his strength. I'm okay with that.
Having said that, you need a centerman that can anticipate that and look for him in the open and also compensate defensively. I have seen him play a bit more responsibly in his own end and he has used his speed to get back and make some plays in his own end, but that will never be his forte. I don't mind that he has the green light to try and make things happen even with the risk of being out of position defensively. They need his offense much more then they need him to play defense, I think.
He will never be a physical player. It's just not him and that alone is probably what frustrates the Bruin fans when he was there and some Leaf fans as well.
He is a scorer, plain and simple. He really reminds me of Bossy in a lot of ways.
Burke is also an interesting study. I really, really, really want him to succeed and bring a winner to Toronto; however, objectively this my take so far.
1. Komisarek deal - Bad......I think he is decent and is playing much better lately, but not at the deal Burke gave him. Way too much money for a 3rd or 4th level defender.
2. Beauchmin signing: Medicore - Money is not that bad, but he's just not the same guy as he was in Anaheim. Might be an instance of, great when surrounded by great players and medicore when he has to be the guy. He's playing better lately, but boy does he give the puck up a lot. I wish he played more with an edge, which he is capable of.
3. Kessel deal - Bad (but not necessarily because of Kessel himself). I actually like Kessel because he can be electric at times and that's the kind of hockey I like to watch. However, why wouldn't Burke have signed Camalleri (sic) as a UFA instead and kept the draft picks? He's only a bit older and a similiar talent, maybe better overall. Also, I really think PC wanted to unload Kessel and I think Burke could have gotten him much more cheaper if he simply waited after the season started, especially since Kessel was injured at the time and there was some salary cap challenges - Burke mis-calculated here and made a mistake, potentially a fatal one. I never thought the Leafs would end up 29th last year and the pick would end up to be Seguin. Having said that, if you put Seguin on this Leaf team, we'd still be in a lot of trouble, maybe a bit more in the short-term. Kessel today is better then Seguin today, but when you think about Seguin, Knight and ??? tommorrow....that could be really bad for the Leafs.....time will tell
4. Versteeg deal - Mediocre. Another example of a player that might be great playing with better talent and not a front-line player on a medicore team. I think it might still work out and the money isn't outrageous, but I hated to give up on Stalberg, especially since he had some size as well
5. Phaneuf deal - Money for Dion is real bad, but when you couple it with the money they would have spent to retain Stajan, White and Hagman, I actually think it's a wash. I like Sjoberg and Aullie (the 6'6 defenceman might turn into something). Dion is entertaining, sometimes too entertaining it terms of the risks he takes defensively. I don't mind this deal, if you don't think about 6.5 million for the next 3 or 4 years too much......lol
6. Signing Gustovsson - Good move
7. Drafting McKegg, Ross and Kadri - Good
8. Signing Bozak, Hanson, Irwin - Good (but they are 2nd and 3rd line guys)
9. Orr/Brown/Armstrong - Very Good, given they are great role/character guys that you need on the 3rd and 4th lines.
10. Not giving Kaberle away in the offseason - Good
11. Getting Giguere for Blake - Very, very, very good......just based on getting rid of Blake even at the 1 year salary hit for Giguere. Giguere will be good for the Monster who should take over goaltending next year.
Bottom line: I think the depth is getting better under Burke, and scouting ranks have really improved which should bear fruit in the next 2-3 years, but the players added to the NHL roster today, to make us competitive....not working out so far.
God, I should have been a GM...........just the like the rest of us on this forum.....LOL