• Blowhard Roundup

    by  • July 27, 2010 • Uncategorized • 8 Comments

    “The biggest motivation comes from what I want to accomplish here. The problems that we had in Edmonton … it wasn’t really my health. It was more just a situation where we had a bad team. It’s hard for anybody to look good in that situation.

    The good news for Columbus fans: it wasn’t Ethan Moreau’s health that was responsible for the bad news. The bad news: it wasn’t 19 guys who were bad and Ethan Moreau. Scott Howson doesn’t look too smart here either, what with a ton of players still available. This money could have been better spent, even before Moreau tells Aaron Portzline next summer that it wasn’t his fault that the team sucked.

    “Do you admire a criminal lawyer who gets a murderer off on a technicality? So why would there be admiration or appreciation for finding a loophole that somehow defeats the purpose of a collective bargaining agreement that’s designed to put teams on the same footing? I have no problem with long-term deals if they’re straight across the board, but not if the last few years are designed to reduce the cap hit and nothing else. I’m not being critical of other teams that do. But if a team has four guys on contract like that, they’re actually icing a team with false values on their players. And if another team is playing it square, then you’re losing ground.”

    Brian Burke: the Plato of the NHL. I’d swear I’ve learned somewhere along the way that lawyer’s duty is to his client, not to his own peculiar interpretation of the purpose of an agreement. Also: saying that you’re not being critical of someone three seconds after you’ve compared them to a criminal lawyer getting a murderer off on a technicality (or, what that usually means: “because the government broke the law in gathering evidence”) is more than a little unconvincing. Remember Leaf fans: your franchise exists as an edifice to Brian Burke and his own rules of ethics. You may not win anything, but you’ll have the satisfaction that comes from knowing that your GM didn’t do everything he could to win while collecting his multi million dollar payout.

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    8 Responses to Blowhard Roundup

    1. Quain
      July 27, 2010 at

      I think the best part is it’s coming from a guy who was trying to buy draft picks last year. Circumventing the CBA is fine, as long as you’re not the last guy to figure it out.

    2. Matt
      July 27, 2010 at

      If we can give old Burkey the benefit of the doubt for a minute, he’s probably realized that super long term front-loaded contracts are poison for teams down the road, but is smart enough not to say so out loud. At least give him a little credit for not having a typical GM “This makes me look good, and I’ll be fired before it goes tits up” attitude.

    3. Mike W
      July 27, 2010 at

      I wish the Oilers biggest problem was having the Leafs roster and Burke as GM.

    4. July 27, 2010 at

      For one thing, the new arena would be (mostly) privately paid for by the team, and nobody would complain that they were losing money when they were making it hand over fist.

    5. furcifer
      July 27, 2010 at

      Could not agree more. Having a code of personal ethics is sheer stupidity when everyone else is playing from a different rulebook.

    6. Hawerchuk
      July 27, 2010 at

      Isn’t this going to be standard Brian Burke? Complain about something in the hopes of scaring people off – and then ultimately do it yourself?

    7. daoust
      July 28, 2010 at

      Burke was being overdramatic and the analogy was poor, but i agree with the underlying point. These contracts are BS, and exploiting a flaw in the system isn’t something to be applauded. Lamorillo basically said the same thing himself when they announced the contract in the first place, and it’s his contract.

      “Remember Leaf fans: your franchise exists as an edifice to Brian Burke and his own rules of ethics. You may not win anything, but you’ll have the satisfaction that comes from knowing that your GM didn’t do everything he could to win while collecting his multi million dollar payout.”

      Looks like Burke’s not the only one with a flair for dramatic/inflammatory quotes!

    8. NewAlgier
      July 28, 2010 at

      The CBA was designed with this problem, though. It’s obvious in the moment, not just in hindsight. If you compensate someone for doing something, how can Burke be surprised that such a thing was actually done?

      The real, underlying problem is that there is a market for salary cap, because there are teams that need cap but cannot afford salaries. A league without Phoenix and Tampa etc wouldn’t have as many front-loaded deals. What would be the point? Instead, NJ figures that Kovalchuk can be punted to PHX at $500k/y in the final years for draft picks in return: a nice deal for both.

      Burke is complaining, basically, that Phoenix is screwing him. Unless he’s willing to welcome a PHX move to TO or Hamilton, he ought to shut the F up.

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