Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Burke stays in Anaheim

The Anaheim Ducks announced today that Executive Vice President/General Manager Brian Burke will remain with the team through at least the 2008-09 season, which is the last under his current four-year contract. Negotiations between the club and Burke on a contract extension will continue.

"I work for the best owners in sports," said Burke. "After meeting with Mike (Chief Executive Officer Michael Schulman) this morning, we've decided to end all unnecessary media speculation and commit to working together for at least one more year while continuing to discuss my long-term future with the Ducks."
So much for that. Toronto's search continues with the next candidate (presuming his team's out of the playoffs).

Burke will be speaking to the media in about an hour.

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At 7:33 p.m., April 23, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fuck! Fuck-fuck-FUCK!!! I am so pissed right now.

How many frigging times is this retarded Leaf team going to pull that football away from me? First, none of the "Muskoka 5" get traded, they SCREW themselves (and my feelings) by playing themselves out of a top draft pick - but not into the playoffs...

And now, this. All these teasing little hints Burke just can't WAIT to join the Leafs. And now I see he's decided to stay in Anaheim after all! YARGH, I hate this so much!!

NOW what?

If this team gets some assclown boardroom brownnoser to "guide" the team - I have HAD it! Off the bandwagon - for good! MLSE, you OWE me! Deck out the goon squad and bring me Holland! Or don't come back!

At 8:43 p.m., April 23, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are the Leafs talking to Kevin Lowe? What is his contract status with the Oilers?

At 9:21 p.m., April 23, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was JUST about to get busy with my girlfriend when I heard this on the TV.

The news was so devastating I could not continue.

Talk about spoiling the mood. Thank you, Brian Burke. You RUINED my night.

At 9:58 p.m., April 23, 2008, Blogger Jonathan said...

Maybe Scotty Bowman's available ;)

At 10:03 p.m., April 23, 2008, Blogger Dennis Prouse said...

I know the media has this massive man crush on Burke, but there are at least two other candidates who are both available, and have very good track records. Firstly, there is Steve Tambellini, a finalist the last time. He is being passed over in Vancouver for a sexier pick in Mike Gillis, but from all reports Tambellini is a smart, hard working hockey executive with a good track record, both in Vancouver and with Team Canada.

The other candidate no one seems to mention is Doug Armstrong. He was pushed out in a palace coup in Dallas, yet that is his team that just disposed of, ironically, Brian Burke's Ducks.

Now, neither Armstrong nor Tambellini are going to go rushing for every available microphone they can find, nor are they going to get into ridiculous chest thumping and name calling exercises with other GMs. Both, however, merit serious consideration for the job.

At 10:29 p.m., April 23, 2008, Blogger Hossim said...

My money's on David Poile. As far as I know, his and Trotz's contracts were both up this year and the coach getting an extension before the GM gets one signals to me that Poile hasn't signed perhaps because he's contemplating options, perhaps with more stable, non-relocating franchises, located in his hometown which some also call the cradle of hockey.


At 10:54 p.m., April 23, 2008, Blogger Lowetide said...

This may be the best thread ever. We've got one guy who thinks he's Charlie Brown to the Leafs Lucy and then another anonymous who passes up an opportunity to interact with a live female in favor of a sports update.

And THEN it gets weird. Good golly.

At 11:03 p.m., April 23, 2008, Blogger Oilman said...

Now that was funny

At 11:16 p.m., April 23, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, who knew Toronto fans were so desperate to land Brian Burke! He's a good G.M. who did an adequate job in Vancouver. Fired, perhaps unfairly, he inherited a good situation in Anaheim and got lucky by landing a UFA (Scott Neidermayer) and by Kevin Lowe gift-wrapping a vicious thug (and pretty good hockey player) named Chris Pronger for essentially, a bag of pucks.

But, to assume that he was the answer to end the 100 year drought of Stanley Cups in Toronto seems a little far-fetched, although he certainly would have been an upgrade over JFJ.

So fans, bed your girlfriends and be happy; there'll be other adequate GMs eager to lead the NHL's greatest franchise into the promised land...oh wait, maybe there won't. Oh well.

At 11:55 p.m., April 23, 2008, Blogger poploser said...

when is someone going to find a way to pry David Conte from the Devils?

At 12:14 a.m., April 24, 2008, Blogger theoil said...

Is it possible that it has been so long since a competent GM held the post in Toronto that the whole bloddy city is deluded into thinking that Burke is that good? Try asking Vancouver fans what they think and that was a reasonably good situation compared to the 40 miles of dirt road he would have to travel in Toronto to build that franchise.

Not really Burkie's style to have to do the dirty work himself. He really prefers to arrive after a competent GM has assembled some pieces. Does that sound like the situation in Toronto to anybody here.

At 9:34 a.m., April 24, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I read another article that touts Colin Campbell to be on the list of people being considered for the vacant Leafs position, I'm gonna pull what's left of my hair out of my head... That dolt Peddie did lay out the "criteria" for the next person to fill the GM/Prez role and extensive GM experience as well as 'Cup victories were among them, Colie has NONE of this so I wish his name would disappear from this mix...

And reading more articles on how Peddie/Kirke have spoken to NOBODY as of yet because they're waiting for either playoffs to end or a team to get knocked out... WHY WAIT? For guys like Armstrong, Smith, etc who aren't beholden to any organization, why not interview them now to get your research done on them, then when the playoffs are done, you can then ask permission to speak with guys like Holland, Nill, Wilson, etc, etc? Seems like wasted time, a bungled process, carried out by idiots... Time is of the essence here, the draft will be here soon after the playoffs are done, UFA's, RFA's need to be signed, etc but MLSE is content to sit on their collective arses. Why they aren't interviewing possible candidates while they are able, who fit the profile, is beyond me... Dumber than a bag of hammers this organization is, jeezus...

At 9:55 a.m., April 24, 2008, Anonymous PPP said...

Just a guess last anonymous but if they aren't interviewing the unattached 'candidates' then maybe they aren't actually candidates.

At 11:27 a.m., April 24, 2008, Anonymous PJ said...

Two words: Isiah Thomas


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