Burkie should actually watch the playoffs

- April 23rd, 2012

You might remember that amongst the end-of-season quotes from Brian Burke, the ones that apologized for the Toronto Maple Leafs’ performance this season, he slipped in a doozy that should really be examined more closely now. It went something like this:

“I don’t want to sneak into the playoffs in eighth place and then get smoked in the first round.”

So, what exactly has happened in the first round of the current playoffs? Well one No. 8 seed has already advanced, beating the Presidents’ Trophy award-winning Vancouver Canucks. The eighth seed in the East, the Ottawa Senators, are also one win away from advancing.

Does that sound like sneaking in and going out quietly and quickly?

The NHL playoffs are unlike those in any other sport. All it takes is a hot goalie, a lucky bounce or two or a single opportune call and any team can win. Upsets happen every year yet people are suckered into loading up on top seed players in their playoff pools. How those Canucks and Penguins working out for you now, Kurt Larson?

As long as you have a ticket to the show, you have a chance to win it all, Burkie. Do you even watch the playoffs during the spring, or are you too busy working on your golf swing already?

 

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6 comments

  1. Bill M says:

    Oh and don’t forget folks, Pompous god Burke said , ” I have no intention on trying to make 8th place just to get knocked out in the first round!!”
    Tell that to L.A and Vancouver….lol

  2. Marshall Auerback says:

    Yes, Brian Burke should watch the playoffs. Even if the Leafs got in, it would be self-evident to Mr. Burke (along with every fan who suffers from “Blue and White disease”) that there is a HUGE gap between this year’s respective 8th seeds and the Leafs. Does anybody seriously believe that Toronto could match up well with the LA Kings? They would be cannon fodder for any existing playoff team this year.

  3. utah says:

    I would add that the 8th seed has knocked out the President’s Trophy winner in round 1, four times in the last seven years.

    Burke’s suggestion that 8th place teams are fodder, is BS. There is nothing unusual about Ottawa and LA in this year’s playoffs. Eighth place seeds often do well in the NHL playoffs.

  4. steve says:

    Yeah, I hope Burke the infallible is paying attention. Yup those 8th seeds are certainly getting their asses kicked. i agree with the other comment. Many times 7th and 8th seeds aquit themselves very well. Only in Leafland does the G.M get up and say something so stupid. But then look at that powerhouse of a team he has built up over 4 years. Such a big, tough team that plays with heart and sandpaper and grit and truculence. Well, on second thought, maybe this group of pussies would get their asses kicked in the first round. BUT there is always hope. This team might make a trip to the mayo clinic during training camp and they can all get heart transplants.

  5. Mick says:

    This year had better be Burke’s last kick at the can…….enough of these 5th line American players; Steckel, Crabb, Komeserik, and busts like Liles and Connolly getting huge contracts…….the vision and rebuilding he talked about have not materialized, as said above his comments about not “sneaking into the playoffs” and then getting smoked would make sense if he had been building and rebuilding…..he has not……Kessel the “heartless wonder” for Seguin and…….another first and second round pick…….you want to see a team that was short on talent but big on heart and played for their coach….Ottawa….and they should have beat New York and went on…..how much does Burke make again?

  6. john says:

    Good article. Sadly the Leafs are a group of unmotivated underachievers,not physically or mentally built for playoff hockey.

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