Welcome to my semi-successful campaign to fire Brian Burke as General Manager of the Leafs. I have done my best to evaluate every move he has made since he arrived here and I have tried to be as fair as possible, but as far as I’m concerned, the results speak for themselves. Here you can find everything I’ve written on the subject, in roughly chronological order (of the deal discussed).
Here is what I said in November of 2010 when I decided to begin this “campaign”. It includes a summary of why I think his reputation exceeds his actual record and why I was upset that he was hired by acclimation.
You can read about this in more detail in my book, Rebuilding on the Fly.
Two years later: An evaluation of the trade for Brad May.
Two years later: An evaluation of the Robbie Earl trade.
Two years later: Reflections on Burke’s mixed first Trade Deadline with the Leafs.
Two years later: Jeff Hamilton signing.
Two years later: Christian Hanson signing.
Two years later: Tyler Bozak. Where I inadvertently predict the Tim Connolly disaster.
Two years later: Rynnas signing.
Two years later: The (first) Grabovski re-signing.
Two years later: Tim Brent.
Two years later: A summation of the pretty bad Leafs’ Free Agent Frenzy of 2009.
My initial reaction to trading Stralman to the Flames. My thoughts appear to have been borne out by history as Stralman was, last season, an important if flawed piece of the Rangers while Primeau is out of the league.
Dealing with the diminished expectations that resulted after nearly a year of big promises and little results from Burke. The Leafs’ record was then 4-9-4.
Two years later: The Tlusty trade.
One year later: January 31st, 2010; a day that should live in infamy: Burke trades away most of the Leafs’ offense for Phaneuf and a few disposable parts.
One year later: On acquiring Jamie Lundmark off waivers.
One year later: Reflections on the generally positive 2010 Trade Deadline moves.
One year later: Trading for Jay Rosehill. Why?
One year later: Signing Brayden Irwin.
My happiness at not reacquiring Cammalleri the summer before despite his current performance in playoffs. This turned out to be quite prescient as Cammalleri has not exactly lived up to his deal as of late.
My thoughts on the Leafs acquiring Hamhuis, Sharp or Horton. In retrospect, I would have loved the Hamhuis move, had it occurred.
One year later: the (first) Vergsteeg trade.
One year later: The not too embarrassing 2010 Free Agent Frenzy.
My sarcastic response to the Colby Armstrong signing, which worked out oh so well for the Leafs.
One year later: the completely irrelevant Lashoff trade.
My initial predictions for the season where I mis-guessed the lineup and slightly underrated the Leafs’ finish (the Leafs finished in 10th when I guessed 12th).
One year later: the Brunnstrom trade.
On the Kaberle deal, which looked good as long as the Bruins didn’t win the Cup, but then somehow looked better after the Bruins won the Cup, since Kaberle was horrible in the Cup run.
The disastrous Tim Connolly signing as a reaction to not signing Brad Richards.A summary of the beginnings of the Leafs’ 2011 Free Agent Frenzy.
The Aulie trade. I hate it even more now than I did last year.
On Burke being a giant dick while at the same time basically demonstrating to those of us who want to see advanced metrics utilized in hockey that he doesn’t belong as a General Manager of an NHL team.
Your 2011-12 Toronto Maple Leafs! (including an attack on Burke’s “plan” and a comparison with the Edmonton Oilers’ alternative approach)
Brian Burke was fired on January 9th.