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Brian Burke says Phil Kessel trade was product of ticket price fatigue
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(2018-05-19, 07:24 PM)lewis94 Wrote: What a terrible reason for setting the franchise back years. Any GM who makes major moves based on the fans should not be in the NHL.

Money can be more important than winning...
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Winning makes you more money... Leafs print money in the playoffs.

Short sighted moves to add marketable talent but which hurts your odds at the playoffs longterm might help you financially for about a year. Overall though, focusing on building a stable competitive team with a long-term focus addresses both financial and on-ice success.
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(2018-05-20, 10:11 AM)tmleafer Wrote: Winning makes you more money... Leafs print money in the playoffs.

Short sighted moves to add marketable talent but which hurts your odds at the playoffs longterm might help you financially for about a year. Overall though, focusing on building a stable competitive team with a long-term focus addresses both financial and on-ice success.

That doesn't fly in an era of contracts and chopping blocks. Like our politicians, they have to think of "now" so that they have a shot at "then".

As proof has it, Burke wouldn't have had time to build a stable and competitive team, and keep his job. He was brought in to try to win ... thus Kessel, etc.
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Burke wouldn't have had time? The guy had five years. Five years is plenty of time to build a solid foundation.
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Shanahan and Co. have built the Leafs to what they have become and has just entered his 4th year with the Maple Leafs.
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McPhee did it in ONE!

From scratch.
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(2018-05-22, 08:54 AM)zapzac Wrote: McPhee did it in ONE!

From scratch.

And thinking about it makes me nauseous.
"These things have a way of working themselves out. I'm gonna let the liquor do the thinking."
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(2018-05-22, 07:42 AM)tmleafer Wrote: Burke wouldn't have had time? The guy had five years. Five years is plenty of time to build a solid foundation.

I think the question was, was he allowed to build that foundation or was he expected to win now while building.

A lot of the players we have now were from his time and they could be considered a foundation, could he allow the team to tank for a Matthews reward, we don't know.

What McPhee has done in Vegas is an eye opener but really was what Vegas has done a McPhee creation or the right coach with the right combo of players. We all know you need a great coach, a proper FLC, a top flight d-man and a rock for a goalie to be successful in the NHL or do we.

I think 5 years is ample time to build a foundation but really only if ownership is willing to wait out the 5 years.
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Well said!
There was no rebuild in Toronto during Burke's tenure.
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