Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Leaf Nation celebrates Brian Burke`s 3rd anniversary
In his first two seasons Leafs fans were already grumbling and calling for Brian Burke`s scalp. But that has changed this season. Even the biggest Leafs haters have to acknowledge this team is good. After Florida they are biggest surprise of the season to date.
So let`s give credit to where it belongs - to Brian Burke. He came here with huge expectations but never let the pressure get to him. When his attempt to rebuild quickly failed he smoothly transitioned to another plan ignoring the critics. He also surprised many people when he constructed a young, fast, skilled team while preaching toughness. I had believed in Burke from day 1 and have not been disappointed. In past management positions his trades have had some hits and misses but so far in Toronto they have mostly been hits. We can debate who won the Kessel trade for the next decade but no one expected Kessel to be playing at this level which more than vindicates Kessel`s biggest supporter - Burke.
He has a long way to go before we can start talking Stanley Cup but there is a very good base in Toronto to work from. I know that Burke will not be satisfied with just being competitive. He wants a Cup.
Go Leafs Go!