Since we're trashin' Burkie I'm joining in . I just don't like what he's been able to accomplish so far. But what I really can't stand is his mouth. Before the Kessel deal he acquires his 2nd round pick back from whoever, Chicago maybe? Anyways that's beside the point, he got the pick back. I remember in an interview he did before the trade he was asked "have you made an offer sheet to Phil?" He replies "no we haven't at this time." Later on in his tenure he was asked about offer sheets and he said he would consider them if he gave the other teams GM a heads up and enough time to try and work things out with the specific player first. Later on in his tenure he's asked the same question and says he has no idea where the media got that idea and that he's never going to and never would consider an offer sheet. He's just tripping and falling all over his own words there.
Last offseason and at the beginning of this season he's constantly asked about the goaltending situation. He replies, Reimer's the real deal blah blah truculence blah blah pugnacity blah blah. Then says if we end up needing to go out and get a goaltender we'll do it. We have the assets to do it and we will if need be. Made it sound like we'd get a goalie at the flip of a switch. Later on at the year end presser he's sitting up there saying he tried to. But couldn't.
What irked me at the year end presser, and I'm not a Ron Wilson fan at all, but he says the reason he made bad personelle decisions and the reason why we're small basically is because he's building the team for Ron Wilson. Ron Wilson gets fired and now all of a sudden that Carlyle's in here he says he's going to start building the team his way. I mean way to throw your freakin buddy under the bus. I couldn't believe that.
Ruins any chance of us trading for John Tavares by saying weeks before the draft he was going to. Then when he doesn't make the deal(if he could) says he coulda made the deal but wouldn't put Luke Schenn in the deal. So now he looks even more brilliant. I don't know if gettin JT was a possibility or not who knows probably not. But this is Burke opening up his big yap again.
When the media calls him out on the issues he created he'll call them dirtbags and hang up the phone lol. I mean you really think you shouldn't have to give direct answeres for the mess you created or couldn't clean up? And all this is without even getting into his damn FA signings. I mean hell I'd be alot more happier today if we were still this bad but with a boatload of money to spend.
Then the dude gets into this damn media war. Calling newspapers and networks. Trying to get Ron and Don fired lol.
The guy is a smart man(even tho hockey wise that looks bleak right now) and he is a hell of a public speaker. He could go into a room with a bucket of crap and convince 3/4's of the room it's a bucket of gold. People are willing to give this guy a decade or more it seems just so they can say I told you so. They hang off his words like he's David Karesh. Burke might do a better job on a farm land in Waco then he's doing here.
Just because the Marlies are playing for the Calder Cup doesn't mean that's going to translate to any major success in the NHL. The NHL team hasn't improved one bit since he's been here for what 3 and 1/2 years? That's unacceptable. And don't bring up the Oilers and say "well they didn't improve." Look at the players they're getting. We suck and we don't even see any of that.
/end rant and no more monster Burke bashing. Atleast not till his next bonehead move or comment.