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Pens get chuckle out of Burke rant

- April 11th, 2012

PITTSBURGH – It didn’t take Maple Leafs manager Brian Burke’s assessment of the Penguins rebuild to make it’s way to the Consol Energy Center here this week.
And you can bet there was a certain amount of laughter in the player’s lounge when the topic came up, as a couple of Penguins players acknowledged it did.
At his season-ending press conference, Burke dropped an instant classic when he was asked about following the Pittsburgh model to success.
“Pittsburgh model, my ass,” Burke said at the Air Canada Centre on Tuesday. “They won a lottery and they got the best player in the game.”
Burke, of course, was referring to Penguins captain Sidney Crosby who the team was able to select first overall in the 2005 entry draft.
“We played most of the season without Sid and we did all right,” Penguins defenceman Brooks Orpik said on Wednesday prior to his team’s playoff opener, a destination the Leafs have yet to visit under Burke’s watch. “Definitely there were some years where we got some high draft picks, but just because you draft high doesn’t mean you are automatically guaranteed guys are going to pan out.
“I think we got lucky with some guys, but that’s just the way it is.”