“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.