Posts Tagged ‘Sidney Crosby

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.”

Head games

- January 29th, 2011

Not sure where Leafs general manager Brian Burke was going with this, but it sounded like he was dismissing the fuss over head shots as an over reaction because one of the game’s brightest stars is out with a concussion.

First, Burke’s comments today following an NHL Board of Governor’s meeting down in Raleigh, N.C.:

“Frankly, I think the biggest reason we’re focussed on concussions is because of Sidney,” Burke told reporters. “If (Leafs forward) Mike Brown got that concussion would all you guys all be around with cameras asking about concussions. I don’t think so.”

Well, that’s the point, isn’t it?

The fact that it is Sidney Crosby – sidelined at the height of the best  career of his season and out of action for a month and counting – and not Mike Brown, is the reason the issue is getting more deserved attention. When quarterbacks get dinged with helmet-to-helmet hits in the NFL, the league reacts.

We’re guessing Burke’s point is that there is a danger to over reacting and that is true. Hitting should always be a part of the game, but when top offensive players are missing significant time, discussing the issue is the very least that should happen.