Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Burke's old team?

There's been all kinds of articles the past few days on Ducks GM Brian Burke's new team facing his old one, the Vancouver Canucks, which made me wonder: Just how many players are even left from the team Burke was (foolishly) fired from in 2004?

The answer?

Three years later, only nine players who played on that Canucks team are still there — although Brent Sopel's since been shuttled out and back in. The others: Markus Naslund, Brendan Morrison, Daniel and Henrik Sedin, Trevor Linden, Mattias Ohlund, Sami Salo and Matt Cooke.

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At 2:14 PM, April 25, 2007, Blogger Luke said...

It may be "only" 9 nine players, but it's still the core of the team minus Luongo. While I think Nonus has done a bang-up job, it's still building on Burke's foundation.

At 2:38 PM, April 25, 2007, Blogger FAUXRUMORS said...

1) Luke beat us to the punch. Nine is a pretty significant percentage of a team's roster. Burke's finger printa are all over both teams!
2) Yes nice job by Nonis(Bad job by Keenan) to get Luongo, but why exactly was Burke fired?

At 6:08 PM, April 25, 2007, Anonymous Dennis Prouse said...

Burke was fired as the result of an internal power struggle. He and an empty suit named Stan McCammon, the right hand of owner John McCaw, despised each other. He hated Burke's style and Burke hated his, in essence, so McCammon fired him at the first available opportunity. The stupid part is that McCammon left the Orca Bay empire soon afterwards, leaving many to believe that this was just a final act of vengeance. McCaw was an absentee owner, so he really didn't care one way or the other who the GM was, as evidenced by the fact he sold shortly thereafter. The new Canucks ownership group would have loved to have kept Burke, but that ship had since sailed.

At 4:24 PM, April 26, 2007, Anonymous Frank said...

LUKE, GET REAL, if you think Naslund, Morrisson and Cooke are the foundation a team can build upon, then be prepared to see "the house collapse".

Burke did a terrible job in Vancouver. The foundation of a team in the new "cap" world of the NHL is built around young talented players who are on entry level contracts or RFAs who produce great results for low salaries-- not aging overpaid "core" players who can't score anymore if their lives depended on it.

To see Burke's true legacy just look at Vancouver's third and fourth lines and the Manitoba Mooose, players who are incapable of playing anywhere else in the NHL. Other than the Sedins, Burke was a disaster in drafting for talent. And by the way, teams are quickly finding ways to neutralize the twins.

Burke inheritted all the talent in Anahiem from his predecessor Murray. And even Maggie the Monkey can sign free agents like Niedermeyer and Selanne and trade for Pronger if your predecessor left you with huge amounts of cap space and tons of young prospects you can trade away.

I will give Burke credit for finding a GM dumber than him (that nitwit in Columbus who has since been fired)to off-load Federov on. But that's about the only thing you can give Burke credit for in Anahiem.

The reason Burke got fired was because of his huge ego, where he thought he was more important than the owner, and his insistence on resigning Bertuzzi to a huge contract which turned into a major liability to Vancouver given subsequent results.

Nonnis has started to clean up Burke's mess but it will take several more years to get rid of Naslund, Morrisson Cooke - and Ohlund who is starting to loose whatever offensive ability he had.

This season was a fluke for Vancouver, where they won almost all of their one goal games entirely because of Luongo. Vancouver's going down in four games against the Duck's and probably won't make the playoofs next year.

And Murray's Ananhiem Ducks are going to win the Cup this year, but rest assured that Burke will take credit for it!!!


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