Thursday, December 23, 2010

Brian Burke responds to Leaf Nation

Leaf GM Brian Burke met a Toronto Star reporter for lunch and this is what he had to say about his team and the response from fans:

  • He is as frustrated as Leaf fans about how the team is playing.
  • He still holds to his plan to rebuild in a non-traditional fashion. In the post-lockout era every successful rebuild has been preceded by several seasons in the basement.
  • He has no plans to fire Ron Wilson who he considers to be an excellent coach.
  • His priority is a large forward who can get to loose pucks in front of the net.
  • He believes that outside of short stretches in each game his team has been very competitive. They need to be able to play consistently for a full 60 minutes.
  • He acknowledges that special teams have been a disappointment.
  • He seems to suggest that his true core defensemen are the youngster who will get better.
  • When asked if the team can still make the playoffs he avoided answering which you can interpret as a NO.
  • Finally, he said the team will turn around sooner than most people think.
Well there you have it. He is telling Leaf Nation not to panic. So do you buy in or not?

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