yammi wrote:Absolutely yes.
Although there weren't many of us, we cancelled our tickets the day Burke was fired.
Some of the local media like Tony Gallagher and that fat piece of crap David Pratt hated him, but Brian Burke did a wonderful job of restoring the hockey culture in Vancouver and putting an exciting team on the ice.
Madcombinepilot wrote:I think the biggest loss of the season came last summer when McCaw had Brian Burke driven to the airport. Bottom line. Ducks (Under BB) In, Canucks out.....
DavidPratt_ wrote:Madcombinepilot wrote:I think the biggest loss of the season came last summer when McCaw had Brian Burke driven to the airport. Bottom line. Ducks (Under BB) In, Canucks out.....
That's right. If Brian Burke stuck around, he would have probably stuck with the core. Wait, isn't that what Nonis did? I just get a kick out of the 'legend of Brian Burke' that Brian will be creating for himself in Anaheim. Yes, he made some good moves like signing Niedemayer and Selanne, but he has inherited some pretty decent players (Giguere for one) and more importantly a very very deep prospect pool. Unlike the Vancouver team he left behind (which ranks 26th out of 30 teams by Hockey's Future Magazine after years of drafting under Brian's watch), he INHERITED a team ranked #1 by Hockey's Future. Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry were Brian Murray draft picks. Ladislav Smid, Dustin Penner, Brendan Mikkelson and Shane O'Brien are all highly rated prospects drafted PRE-BRIAN. Of course within a few years when Anaheim is posting decent regular-season records (it remains to be seen how well they will do in the playoffs based on Brian's track record) all those assets he acquired will soon be forgotten. It will all be Brian's credit. Trust me on this one.
The Specialist wrote:Cmon, i hate agreeing with Pratt but he's right, one playoff win in six seasons and your proud of that, i guess 35 years without a cup has got all you Burke lovers brainwashed to the max. All you Burke lovers better enjoy your Ducks playoff run because he had nothing to do with building that team and in two years the Burkey Ducks will be in disaray.
Bartman wrote:DP, if Burke crapped out 18k gold would you slam him because it wan't 24k?
Island Nucklehead wrote:Let's give Nonis a chance, DP is right, this was Burkey's team that let this season go in the Tank. Burke's players, Burke's coach, Burke's system. Next year it will be Nonis' team, and he better produce. Somehow we've been considering ourselves contenders for several seasons with no real reason.
Yes, Naslund had been one of the leauges best until this season.
Yes, we had the top line in hockey years ago.
Yes, we had a franchise D-man in Jovo, and an underrated star in Ohlund.
But all those Yes' don't a contender make. Look at Ottawa pre-this season. Similar situation to ours (granted they actually made the playoffs last year). We still have a massively talented team, more talented than some in the playoffs. It's possible that one or two relatively minor changes, say firing the coach (Martin in the Sens case), and moving one piece of the core (Hossa/Bertuzzi?) and all of a sudden they are arguably the best team in hockey.
This season is a write-off, everyone on the team (with the exception of the Sedin-Carter line, and Bryan Allen), had seasons ranging from sub-par to terrible. Throw in a higher level of injuries to our main players, and you get to where we are now, only several points removed from a playoff spot. The future is still bright. Hopefully Nonis has the balls to do what Burke didn't last season, it's too bad we had to lose this season as proof of what needs to be done.