Brian’s Song

- January 9th, 2013

I can’t believe what I’ve watched all day: Endless hours of Brian Burke getting fired.
No, the Prime Minister of Canada didn’t get let go, it just seems that way. Burke runs the biggest franchise in the country to so I guess it makes sense. But, wow talk about countless hours of coverage.
It’s been interesting. Rogers and Bell both own the Leafs. Some of their employees are on their station ripping ownership for the route that was taken with this decision. I do think it was the right decision and should have been done long ago.
Only the timing here is strange.
Burke never should have been allowed to give Ron Wilson a contract extension. He never should have been allowed to hire Randy Carlyle. Burke should not have led this club through the summer. The Leafs won’t be any better. Not anytime soon.
I would suspect Vancouver will get a call _ if the club hasn’t already _ from David Nonis for Roberto Luongo. The deal could be: Nazem Kadri, Tyler Bozak and a second round pick or some variance of that. Burke has been afraid to pull the trigger and he isn’t best buddies with that sourpuss Mike Gillis.
Nonis and Gillis have a much better relationship.
Wouldn’t be at all surprised to see this deal go down quickly.
Almost before anybody gets over the surprise of Burke’s firing.
l SNIFFING AROUND: Senators GM Bryan Murray confirmed today he’s had calls for both of his goalies _ Robin Lehner and Ben Bishop. Murray isn’t ready to play that card at this juncture. He could one of these days. I can bet you one of these calls was from Edmonton. The Oilers have been looking all over for a goalie.

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9 comments

  1. OD99 says:

    Interesting…I really hope the Sens don’t trade any goalies just yet though. For the first time in the modern franchise history the Senators have some legit goalie prospects and some depth with a solid starter…one injury and that depth is done.

    Let the season unfold with Lehner showing he can stay focused and backstop a team that is about to lose it’s top forward and at least one d-man and let Bishop prove he is at least a legit NHL back-up.

    That said, if the Oilers are open to giving us a really nice return then of course you have to listen…Eberle would do nicely! (I know that won’t happen…)

  2. KevinF says:

    Timing is the only thing that is surprising here for sure. If you are going to conduct yourself in the manner that Burke does you MUST win, he didn’t. What I get from coverage is that the Bay street boys dislike him intensely. Well imagine buying a billion dollar business and being told to stay away and ask no questions ain’t gonna happen. Hopefully the big biz boys will manage in a professional manner and not attempt to be judges of on ice talent and tactics. Interesting to see one of the main Ottawa love in conductors critique flawed coverage in another city, as always entertaining in its stunning lack of self awareness

  3. Mike8888 says:

    Lehner should be untouchable.

    Hey Kevin,
    Any thoughts on the Burke firing, or the possible Bobby Lou trade?

  4. amy says:

    Toronto is the centre of the universe and burke is king of that universe. I think the earth even stopped spinning at the exact moment the shoe dropped. Thus the ridiculous amounts of coverage. GO SENS!

  5. PaV says:

    I laughed out loud when I heard he got fired. The globe(?) was reporting that apparently after the first meeting with the new owners Bell and Rogers that they did not like Burkie at all. Oh man, Leaf nation is a joke. So the excuse this year will be that they hav a new GM, so that why they didn’t make the play-offs for the 9th straight season…. But all jokes aside, Nonis is a good GM, I think he will do well…. then after 4 seasons he will be fired and he will follow Burkie to whereever he ends up being GM next…!

  6. KevinF says:

    Mike, On Lou I would say for sure IF and only if the price is not too high. Gillis can’t have his cake and eat it too ie a ridiculous contract and a premium return. Gardiner should not even be mentioned and Fatty Kadri is also off limits. I would do something like Bozak Franson and a pick 2nd or third. If Kadri is included I would want a top prospect coming back like Kassian to add some of the missing and yes I will say it,,,,,,,,, truculence.

  7. Bobby Goodman says:

    There certainly are five questions one might ask about the /sens in thei upcoming 48 game year and I think there are even more:
    - Paul Maclean’s magic
    The team and Karlsson went south the last month of the year and collapsed (as did Karlsson in the post season. As I have suggested, being a great “players coach is the most important component but when the team is losing, there needs ti be a technical element and adjust play when needed. The PP was invisible (static and predictable) and Maclean had no answers.
    - Eric Karlsson
    H will play the game the only way he knows how and the only way he can be effective; all offence all the time and it is all good (most of the time). But we got to witness his numbers drop (as they would) when the games became more meaningful and teams focussed on him. He was completely invisible in the playoffs. He didn’t carry the puck and he didn’t want the puck. He, the quarterback on the PP, did very little. In a short season when every game is important, it will be interesting if the other teams will mirror NYR tactics to neutralize the one dimensional karlsson.
    - God
    It is my opinion the short season will be a blessing as it relates to Alfredsson. His 40 year old body has not been taxed and he (always very fit) will have enough to make a great contribution this year.
    - Anderson/Goal Keepers
    - He will be the starter but one never knows with goaltending. The team will definitely need them to be great because the defence is going to be porous (soft slow Gonchar, soft slow Philips, extremely soft Karlsson, soft Lundin – who the hell is Lundin – Methot and raw rookies. The team will indeed trade one of the 3 and of them, I think Lehner has the most potential but he has a major attitude.
    - Changes
    Carkner was a huge mistake; isn’t it interesting that the Islaners offer him a 3 year deal with
    extremely bad knees? We all witnessed first hand what Carkner brought to the team after sitting for the brilliant Gilroy vs the NYR…didn’t we (where is Gilroy now?). Lundin spent most of his time in the manures last year and is another very soft defenceman. Methot is a local kid and that is his claim to fame. This team is much softer than they have been in a couple years and Karlsson will be the one exposed the most.
    - Zibanejad
    -No one in the media want to talk about him but he is one of the so-called blue chippers Timmie (and by default Richardson and the media) raved about in spite of his 5 goals last year and 2 or is it 1 this year. He hasn’t played in last 17 games and the team/media are doing the very best to keep it from anyone who gives a damn. He, in spite of all the HYPE, is far from NHL ready and he may, at best, be a 3rd or 4th liner.
    - Silfverberg
    2 minutes in penalties in 33 games but talented; is he tough enough for the bigs.
    - Cowen
    Will he be effective after his second major surgery.
    - Sens
    - How far below the Cap will they be

    gilroy

  8. Dennis_w says:

    For the most part, I haven’t missed this blog at all. Nothing to be gained coming here, except by maybe 1 or 2 contributors.

    Have to disagree with Btuce about Burke. For the most part, he was a very average GM, making some good moves as well as bad ones. But the expectation was that he would be a superstar meaning he went for the “quick rebuild”.

    But saying someone was neither all bad nor all good is contrary to what people like to see here.

    As for the sens, hope they don’t make any knee-jerk trades to try to shore up a defence for the short-term by sacrificing prospects. Missing the playoffs wouldn’t be a bad thing considering the supposed strength of the upcoming draft. And everyone out of the playoffs gets a shot at first.

    Missing the playoffs for 1 year and only getting the 6th pick is not a proper rebuild in my opinion.

  9. OD99 says:

    Bobby I know you met him briefly but I am trying to recall why you think Lehner has an attitude? I don’t think I have read anything to indicate that to me before.

    D will be the key for sure…i think Methot adds a physical presence and history suggests he blocks a good amount of shots as well so hopefully the fist pairing is solid. I am not convinced a second pairing of Gonch and Philips will be as effective and then of course the final pair is anyone’s guess but I am not willing just yet to say it will be bad. If Benoit and Boro or Wiercioch can make it then perhaps having some guys playing well in A slot in would be a benefit.

    Either way I think that the D will be more mobile – Kuba and Carkner certainly didn’t add any speed to the team and by all accounts Methot is a good skater and we know all of the guys I mentioned from Bingo are good skaters (and Boro adds at least the same level of compete as Carkner with the ability for open ice hits – obviously not the same fighter). Overall I think the D has at least the capacity to be a pleasant surprise but only time will tell.

    Zibby needs to be out of the spot light, get healthy and just play down in Bingo and see if he can find some scoring touch.

    FOR BOBBY*******I found out that Petersson is having the same surgery as Cowen so he is out for the season and perhaps sheds some light on why he hadn’t been effective this season.********

    Too bad but I don’t mind that Stone and Prince might get some more important minutes.

    I don’t worry about the PIMS with Silf – being disciplined and in good position so as not to take dumb penalties is a good thing! In fact, with Foligno, Carkner and Konopka gone I think the Sens will be shorthanded a lot less and I think that is a positive.

    A guy you like, Brian Campbell only had 6 PIMS in 82 games last year…so did Matt Moulson (36 goals and 69 points)…Henrique only had 7…Eberle had 10 minutes…Hossa 20 minutes, etc…

    From what I have seen Silf gets involved physically and doesn’t shy away – I know what you are saying about being soft but i don’t think he is.

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