Many people will curse me now for what I say but on the night that the Anaheim Ducks are eliminated, I would like to argue why his services are not needed in Toronto.
What are Brian Burke’s accomplishments?
Stanley Cup with Anaheim in 2006-2007 season
In the second season with the Ducks, he won the cup. Bryan Murray (Ottawa GM) was the GM before Burke. He did the drafting before him. Lets review who was drafted. In 02 he drafted Lupul 7th overall. In 03 Getzlaf 19th and Corey Perry 28th. Ladislav Smid was drafted 9th in 04. So two pieces used to lure Lowe for Pronger were drafted by Murray. Two pieces for the future were drafted by Murray. He got them Pahlsson, Niedermayer, and McDonald. He traded away Kariya and Sykora so they can put faith in the younger guns. Murray built and developed the youth. Burke traded and brought in the final pieces.
Burke’s drafting success has been very questionable. In 1998, with the 4th overall pick he took Brian Allen, whose been pretty good but a 4th round pick?? Next round he too Artem Chubarov, in 228 games in the NHL he had 58 points (now playing in Russia). In the 3rd round, he took Jarkko Ruuto, who has been exceptional in his role. Everyone else that year is not worth mentioning. In 1999, he took the Sedins with the 2nd and 3rd pick. Everyone else is not worth mentioning. In 2000, 23rd overall he took Nathan Smith who is with Pittsburgh. In the 3rd, he took Thatcher Bell. In 2001, 16th overall he took RJ Umberger. In the 5th round, he took Kevin Bieksa. In 2002, no one player serviceable was chosen. In 2003, it was Ryan Kesler taken 23rd overall and after that no one worth while. So out of that whole list, in 6 years he found 7 serviceable players. With Anaheim, in 2005, he only took Bobby Ryan who has entered the team. Everyone else still needs time to be given judgment. In my opinion he has not done a good enough job. Toronto needs someone who has a proven history in the draft. Then they can worry about finding the rest of the pieces. Which Burke has done well. He brought in Kunitz, Beauchemin, Marchant, May, and O’Donnell while dumping Fedorov, Ozolinsh, and Carney.
Greatly increased attendance in Vancouver
Traded to draft the Sedin twins
Division Title with Vancouver
Allowed Kevin Lowe to poach Dustin Penner
Dustin Penner is a great player but $4.25 million a year is too much for him. He received 1st, 2nd, and 3rd round picks because he was an RFA. However this was one of his busts too. Penner was a BEAST in the playoffs. He was physical, tough to play, and attacked the net. Bertuzzi was unable to produce like Penner.
Chris Pronger Trade
This was one of the most lopsided trades in history after the Luongo trade. Edmonton Oilers traded Chris Pronger to the Anaheim Ducks for Joffrey Lupul, Ladislav Smid, a 1st round selection in 2007, a conditional 1st round selection and a 2nd round selection in 2008. Pronger was instrumental in a Stanley Cup victory.
I am not going out and saying Burke would be horrible for this organization. I don’t believe it’s what we need though. We need someone with a drafting record, an ability to make trades, and someone who will make the right moves not the popular ones. I’m all in support of Dave Nonis.
In 04, with the 26th pick he took Cory Schneider who occasionally sets shutout records. He took Alex Edler with the 91st pick. In 05, with the 10th pick he too Luc Bourdon. With the 51st pick, he took Mason Raymond. In 06, he took Michael Grabner 14th, whose been killing it in the AHL. In 3 seasons he picked 5 players who will make an impact compared to Burke’s recent 1 who has made one. He also made the most lopsided trade in my opinion. The Panthers acquired Todd Bertuzzi, Bryan Allen and Alexander Auld from the Canucks in exchange for Roberto Luongo and Lukas Krajicek and a 2006 sixth round pick. A clearly peaked player, a wasted pick, and a back up for a stud goalie and pretty decent defencemen. He wouldn’t trade Ryan Kesler who is instrumental to their success and more for Brad Richards at the deadline despite pressure from his owner.