Brophy on Leafs: Burke plans to add experience

Brian Burke is in a bit of a pickle.

He’ll be in Pittsburgh this weekend to participate in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft where teams hopefully add prospects to their puzzle. And the Toronto Maple Leafs general manager will no doubt attempt to do exactly that, but the draft will be his secondary concern.

Somehow managing to get experienced players to fill some of the holes on his roster will be his No. 1 priority.

That is why for the past few weeks you’ve heard more about Burke possibly acquiring veteran goaltender Roberto Luongo from the Vancouver Canucks and how he’ll be a player in the Rick Nash sweepstakes than what he’ll do with the No. 5 overall pick.

No player Burke chooses with that selection — should he not trade it — will come in and single-handedly lead the Maple Leafs to the playoffs.

Burke’s reputation as one of the top GMs in the NHL has taken a hit since he engineered his escape from Anaheim to join the Maple Leafs on Nov. 29, 2008. That was not too long after The Hockey News named him the best GM in the business. You sure don’t hear anybody making that claim these days.

Burke came to Toronto guns-a-blazing, telling the hockey world how his Maple Leafs would be bigger and bolder than ever; how they would be a tough team to play against and how he’d build the club from the goaltender out. Suffice it to say those words now ring hollow.

21 Responses to Brophy on Leafs: Burke plans to add experience

  1. leafs_wallace93 says:

    Brophy gets paid to write what people on HTR have been saying for three years?

  2. mojo19 says:

    Haha, go to and watch the Burke 1 on 1 with James Duthie. Duthie tries to make some kind of colourful remark early on and Burke doesn’t even dignify it with any kind of response.

    • mojo19 says:

      Then Duthie nervously says something to the effect of “that’s how this is gonna go…”

      • nordiques100 says:

        He’s so angry at the Media and everyone else that its hard to see that nice guy any more. And he is a good person.

        He’s charitable, he’s a caring guy.

        But i dunno. they were saying a little while ago he was having marital issues? not that its any of our business, but i dunno, he is not a happy guy. if he isnt enjoying life, he wont be enjoying his work, or its pressures and i wonder if he is greatly affected.

        not to give him the benefit of the doubt and erase all the dumb things he’s done, but I dont know. Like Brophy said, he was named the best GM while in Anaheim. So you have to wonder, what’s happened.

        I know his son dying tragically. honestly that would effect absolutely anyone. No way, not even after a couple of years would you get over it. I am sure he’s grieved/grieving in his own way, but he is human.

        I wonder, if the pain of losing his son, possible marital problems, that’s a lot to take for any person.

        Its like Gainey. Gainey was never the same after he first lost his wife, then daughter. you cant be focused. i wouldnt be. you can’t either have too much patience i guess. i wouldnt either.

        so i know Burke is a true professional and gives his all but i wonder, maybe he needs to step away. i think he needs the break. especially if he continues to lash out at people, or being so serious and emotionless and have no personality. i realize, you dont need those things to be a good GM, but being a big face of the organization, you have to show some representation.

        i really hope he doesnt go crazy on someone. the leafs organization doesnt need any more bad press.

    • Schneidfeld says:

      Got a link for this video by chance? Not seeing it. Thanks!

  3. 93killer93 says:

    If Pittsburgh is going to trade Staal to the Canes, I think it should be done at the draft. Get the 8th pick and make a play for Grigorenko. Add in Sutter to replace Staal and another prospect or two.


    Pretty solid top 9.

    • SabresFan220 says:

      Sutter is essentially a less hyped up version of Jordan Staal. Carolina would be stupid to trade him, but they just might be that stupid. Pittsburgh would have the better end of any deal that sees them sending Staal to Carolina and getting Sutter as part of the return.

      • 93killer93 says:

        If Staal is staying in the East then Pittsburgh will want more in return. If you compare the trade to the Carter trade it’s pretty similar. 8th pick, Sutter, I would add Murphy and swap 2nd rounders.


        Staall, 52nd
        Sutter, Murphy, 8th, 38th

        It’s definitely a huge price to pay, but if they want Staal they’re going to have to give something up.

        • Shoelesshobo says:

          The difference is Carter had a nice long contract on a okay cap hit where as Staal is a upcoming UFA who could jump ship. I understand the whole Brothers on the same team thing but really why would you take the risk on Staal when you have a two way center who can play second line in Sutter?

  4. Gambo says:

    Anyone else calling in sick to work tomorrow? I sure am.

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