A sad day in Montreal

Hockey people were out in force at Mary Queen of the World, saying goodbye to Pat Burns.

• Red Fisher on a “great guy, great man”

Pat Hickey on the selectors who kept Burns out of the HoF

Arpon Basu’s take on the funeral

A cop, a coach

• Hickey on the excellence of Tomas Plekanec and JT on her fave rave as a Selke candidate

• François Gagnon looks ahead to Oilers, Devils and on Mike Cammalleri’s slump

Carey Price paces goaltenders in AS voting

• Nice feature on Steven Stamkos

And because life shouldn’t be sad, a Leslie Nielsen compilation

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65 Comments

  1. Philly-Poo says:

    Yes to the Leslie Neilson tribute, just don’t call him Shirley…

  2. Bugs says:

    Nice piece on Cammy. The guy is startin to snap!

    Tragically misunderstood, please bite

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Minority Owner of the Habbalicious Bubble-Gum Emporium, Proprietor of the Flanneltop Pop Shop, and Beaming Tenant in Mama’s Basement, i.e., Habsbros Central: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  3. Danno says:

    Surely you don’t mean Shirley deserves a tribute? You mean Leslie does!

     

    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  4. Julie H says:

    Today is an even sadder day. Just read that Pat Burns widow’s car was robbed. Tons of their possessions were stolen after some jerk broke the car windows. How awful

    “I know you’re wise beyond your years, but do you ever get the fear that your perfect verse is just a lie you tell yourself to help you get by?”

  5. rocketsglare says:

    Simply another means by the NHL for fans to become involved in voting for their favorite players.

     

    Go Habs Go!

  6. B says:

    Write-in Avery has more votes than players like D.Sedin, St.Louis and B.Richards. Paul Bissonnette a Phoenix goon write-in who has not even had 1 hour in total TOI this season has more votes than guys like Alfredsson and M.Koivu. Not to take anything away from Price’s great start this season, but the

    NHL All-Star on-line balloting is a box stuffing joke.

  7. rocketsglare says:

    Shame on the NHL that Carey is a write-in for selection to the All Star Game. But his lead among the

    goaltenders is vindication of the type of season he is having. Props to Carey and to all those fans who

    have voted for him.

     

    Go Price Go!

    Go Habs Go!

     

  8. rocketsglare says:

    The Leslie Nielsen compilation was hilarious. He will definitely be missed.

     

    Go Habs Go!

  9. andrewberkshire says:

    Excellent rant. You hit the nail on the head.

  10. SeriousFan09 says:

    I couldn’t agree more, this rant pretty much sums up all my issues and everything I’ve said with Burke since he showed up favouring himself the saviour of Toronto and a Dynasty Builder.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  11. VancouverHab says:

    Just because it’s a rant doesn’t mean it’s not true! Thanks for the analysis of Brian the Berk.

  12. Chris says:

    The Jack Adams Trophy is often awarded to the coach that turns his club around.  It is not always the mark of the best coach in hockey.

    My vote for the best coach in hockey right now, Barry Trotz in Nashville, has never won it.  Scotty Bowman only won it twice, despite being widely recognized as one of the elite coaches in history.  Al Arbour only won it once.

    That Burns was never selected as a coach for Team Canada is a huge knock against the idea that he was better than all his peers.

  13. B says:

    Three Jack Adams is very impressive, but they only started awarding that trophy in 1974, so I don’t think it should carry that much weight when ranking or comparing the “greats of all time”.

  14. Chris says:

    Pat Burns is obviously a great coach, but look how many modern coaches are piling on wins:

    Crawford, Hitchcok, Quenneville, Ruff, Bryan Murray, Quinn, Wilson, Martin, Keenan, Lemaire, Burns and even Brian Sutter and Terry Murray.  That certainly suggests to me that the wins stat for coaches might be a bit over-emphasized in this discussion.  Mike Babcock is rocketing up that list as we speak. 

    Burns is a solid candidate for the Hall of Fame, but he is hardly a shoo-in.  Coaches compete for spots in the builder’s category, which makes it very difficult.  League administrators, owners, general managers, coaches as well as grass-roots hockey advocates are all factored in that pool.

  15. B says:

    I was not trying to diminish what Burns did, just pointing out that it was impossible for many of the “all time greats” to win the Jack Adams before 1974 because it did not exist when they coached. So yes, it certainly is much harder to win that award in a 6 team league where that particular award does not exist yet (it is simply impossible). Does Bob Francis rank all time alongside Toe Blake and Dick Irvin because he won a Jack Adams and they did not? Of course not, there are many more significant factors to consider in ranking all time coaches than whether or not they won an award that did not exist when they coached.

    BTW:
    You should check out the
    sortable stats for coaches

    and compare the games coached and wins rankings of those “best ever”, you might be surprised. Here are some examples:

    Burns ranks 15th in career games (1019) and 14th in career wins (501).
    Ken Hitchcock has coached 22 more games (1041) and has 32 more wins (33).
    Joel Queneville has coached 7 more games (1026) and has 48 more wins (559).

  16. HabFanSince72 says:

    All-time coaching wins. There are 14 with more than 500.

    1. Scotty Bowman, 1,244
    2. Al Arbour, 782
    3. Dick Irvin, Sr., 692
    4. Pat Quinn, 684
    5. Mike Keenan, 672
    6. Bryan Murray, 620
    7. Jacques Lemaire, 588
    8. Ron Wilson,[15] 582
    9. Jacques Martin, 556
    10. Billy Reay, 542
    11. Joel Quenneville, 535
    12. Ken Hitchcock, 533
    13. Marc Crawford, 507
    14. Pat Burns, 501
    15. Toe Blake, 500
    16. Glen Sather, 497
    17. Lindy Ruff, 483
    18. Roger Neilson, 460
    19. Brian Sutter, 451
    20. Terry Murray, 440
  17. Clay4bc says:

    Thanks for doing the research – strange that you uncover different numbers than Hickey. Still, he’s in great company, and 3 Jack Adams is unparalleled. Deserves to be in the hall IMO…

    __________________________

    The only interesting answers are those which destroy the questions. ~Susan Sontag

  18. Clay4bc says:

    Why not? It means a lot more in a 30 team league than a 6 team league – much harder to win.

    And still, he is among the best ever in wins. Many of those “best ever” have coached much longer than he did.

    __________________________

    The only interesting answers are those which destroy the questions. ~Susan Sontag

  19. Bugs says:

    Think Jack Marty can catch Ron Wilson this year?

    Wouldn’t that be just so awesome?

    Tragically misunderstood, please bite

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Minority Owner of the Habbalicious Bubble-Gum Emporium, Proprietor of the Flanneltop Pop Shop, and Beaming Tenant in Mama’s Basement, i.e., Habsbros Central: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  20. B says:

    This site seems to have a good list of NHL coaching stats. You can click on the column headings to sort the list by that column.

  21. Chris says:

    Both Bob Johnson and Herb Brooks are in there because they are Americans and played a pivotal role in developing the game of hockey in the United States.  As such, they earn extra merit over and above their impressive coaching credentials as “builders” of the game.

  22. Dintrox says:

    Bob Mackenzie on TSN mentioned just after Pat’s passing that the HHOF wasn’t just an omission but that there was an active campaign to keep Burns out of the HHOF. Mackenzie didn’t name names. The HHOF is a bunch of hockey insiders (an old boys network) that think they know more than anyone else.

  23. Clay4bc says:

    Pat Hickey, naming names….

    And it’s as it should be. Well done, sir. They (Sinden and Savard)  should be ashamed of their role in Burns not getting in the hall. And they should both be open to public ridicule and scorn for their insensitive or foolish (at best) or spiteful (at worst) actions..

    __________________________

    The only interesting answers are those which destroy the questions. ~Susan Sontag

  24. HabFanSince72 says:

    I don’t know. First you’d want to be 100% sure Savard and Sinden vetoed Pat Burns. Presumably the writer of that story has that certainty. Second, if they voted against him, maybe they had their reasons. Doesn’t mean they were acting in bad faith.

    (I speak as someone who has no idea what the criteria are for getting into the Hall. that’s not the point.)

  25. B says:

    The Selection Committee:

    James M. Gregory (Co-Chair),
    Pat Quinn (Co-Chair),
    Scotty Bowman,
    David Branch,
    Colin Campbell,
    John Davidson,
    Eric Duhatschek,
    Jan-Ake Edvinsson,
    Mike Emrick,
    Michael Farber,
    Mike Gartner,
    Dick Irvin,
    Lanny McDonald,
    Yvon Pedneault,
    Serge Savard,
    Harry Sinden,
    Peter Stastny,
    Bill Torrey

  26. Nahlsy says:

    Speaking of a sad day in Montreal, best wishes to Anthony Calvillo and his upcoming battle with thyroid cancer. That’s a heck of a scary secret to be carrying while leading his team to a second straight Grey Cup title.

    The timing of it coming out at the same time as the loss of and the funeral for Burns is just a lot to take in for Montreal sports fans.

    Good luck AC, hope everything goes your way in the upcoming surgery.

  27. JF says:

    It may not be cancer.  The biopsy done in August was inconclusive.  Even if it is cancer, the doctors say that type of cancer is easy to treat, and Calvillo should be able to continue his career.  Lets hope for the best for Calvillo and his family.

  28. joshua94k says:

    Anthony Calvillo is a Montreal sports legend and his name will be along other warriors like Gary Carter, Patrick Roy, Dickie Moore, Gilles Villeneuve, Jackie Robinson, etc, who over came adversary and played like champions. 

    Congratulations to the Allouettes who proved a TSN pre-game poll (who had them at 30% chance of winning) wrong along with other detactors.

    “It’s too much for one guy to shoulder. For us, we’re going to do it as a group. It’s about sharing that responsibility win or lose.” – Mike Cammalleri

  29. Chris says:

    Getting into the Hall of Fame as a coach is not easy.  Since 1980, here are the coaches that DID make it in:

    • 2006:  Herb Brooks 
    • 2003:  Brian Kilrea
    • 2002:  Roger Neilson
    • 1997:  Glen Sather
    • 1996:  Al Arbour
    • 1992:  Bob Johnson
    • 1991:  Scotty Bowman
    • 2984:  Punch Imlach
    • 1982:  Emile Francis

    Other than Imlach and Francis, I’m not sure that Burns’ credentials really match those of any other coach on that list.  Sather’s star has been tarnished significantly by his tenure in New York, but helping build those Oilers’ teams of the 1980′s cemented his place in NHL history.

    Kilrea is the winningnest coach in Canadian junior hockey history.  Brooks, a very good coach, was a lock for his role in the “Miracle on Ice”.  Johnson was a long-time coach of Team USA in international competitions and is one of the most successful American-born coaches in history and was a huge player in hockey in the USA.

    Burns was obviously one of the top coaches of his era.  But where does he rank relative to his peers, which included people like Sather, Mike Keenan, Jacques Demers, Jacques Lemaire, Bryan Murray, Ken Hitchcock or Pat Quinn?  I think what hurt Burns’ candidacy the most was his lack of international coaching experience and his short tenure at each stop (no more than 4 years with any team before his players started to tune him out).

  30. Clay4bc says:

    From the Hickey article, your question is answered…

    “He’s the only three-time winner of the Jack Adams Trophy, he won a
    Stanley Cup in New Jersey and he’s one of only nine coaches with more
    than 500 wins.”

    IMO, that ranks him better than all of his peers, and among the greats of all time.

    __________________________

    The only interesting answers are those which destroy the questions. ~Susan Sontag

  31. HabFanSince72 says:

    Bob Johnson and Herb Brooks are only there because they are Americans and the NHL is a league run by Americans for Americans.

    Why aren’t Toe Blake and Dick Irvin in there?

     

  32. JF says:

    François Gagnon’s comments about Mike Cammalleri are interesting.  It’s certain that Cammalleri has been showing a lot of frustration this year, going right back to his slash on Niederreiter in the pre-season.  He’s getting fewer scoring chances, he’s impatient, and he takes bad penalties.  Last year there were allegations from some Calgary source that Cammalleri is a selfish player.  Reluctant as I am to say this, I think we’re seeing hints of that side of him.  He wants the team to succeed, but he also wants to be a very visible part of that success. By contrast, in last year’s playoffs, Plekanec was asked to play a defensive role against Crosby.  He did it very successfully, but his own numbers suffered, and those who can’t see beyond points think that Plekanec “disappeared” in that series.

    To a certain extent Cammalleri’s  frustration is understandable.  He was starting to score regularly with Plekanec and Kostitsyn, but that line was broken up to get Gionta going.  Now Gionta is scoring and Cammalleri isn’t. Doesn’t seem quite fair somehow. I think if I were JM, I would put Cammy back with Pleks and AK46.  Gionta played with Gomez for years; if anyone can work with him, he can.  Replace Moen with Pouliot on that line, and if it still doesn’t work, replace Gomez with Eller.

  33. dh says:

    I agree about putting Cammalleri on the first line with Pleks and AK but I would leave Pouliot where is is.  It’s great to have a 3rd line that can score.  Maybe MaxPac with Gionta and Gomez…

  34. SmartDog says:

    Gagnon says Cami is with Gomer because he wasn’t working hard enough:

    Jacques Martin rewards its attackers by associating them with Plekanec and penalize others by entrusting Gomez.Because unlike Plekanec, Gomez can not bring his linemates.He struggles to propel itself. (Google translation but you get the idea)

     

     

  35. Max_a_million says:

    Cammalleri selfish … oh my goodness what a crazy remark. 

    He spent the beginning of the year trying to help set the table for Kostitsyn to get him going.  Now he is on Gomez’s line doing the set up work that Gomez is supposed to be doing, including taking some of his faceoffs. 

    The guy has gone entire games without shots instead passing to try and set up his teammates.  If we was selfish he would be firing shots off from wherever, and skate around stickhandling as if no one was on the ice like Kovalev … 

    yikes … you can see below his ice time is down from last year, but up slightly from all previous years.

    His plus minues is the best it’s ever been, and has been pretty steadily improving.

    His shots on goal are the lowest they have ever been.  His scoring is down to 0.65 pts/game, but he is playing with fricken Gomez and Moen who don’t even know where the net is located on the ice surface.

     

    Season Team +/- SOG/GM ATOI
    2006-2007  LA  5 3.69

    18:03

    2007-2008  LA  -16 3.33 18:33
    2008-2009  CGY  -2 3.15 17:34
    2009-2010  MTL  7 3.35 19:31
    2010-2011  MTL  9 3.00 18:40
  36. habs001 says:

    plecks did not disappear vs the penguins…but like most of the forwards he disappeared vs the flyers

  37. dh says:

    How can a biopsy be inconclusive?  CJAD has some medical specialist guy saying that there’s probably more to it than that.

    Anyway, you have to admire AC.

  38. Clay4bc says:

    I think you are correct about Pouliot (and you and JF both correct about Cammy).

    I think that the Habs may need to address top 6 scoring though. If Markov is really out for the season, PG should use some of that cap space to find a top line winger (even if we have to wait until the trade deadline to do it). Our D is just fine (still no games with over 3 goals against), and a tough scoring winger may be what this team needs to be a serious contender (although if Price keeps playing like he has been, thay may be a contender even now). We might have to give up picks and/or prospects, but so be it.

    __________________________

    The only interesting answers are those which destroy the questions. ~Susan Sontag

  39. punkster says:

    Re: your comment that our D is just fine. That statement, if read by the anti-Hamrlik/Spacek/Gill crowd, will be shouted down. Surely these guys are too old and the only reason for our low goals against is Price. (The fact that this is a team sport seems lost on so many.)

    Seriously though while a top 6 forward is a requirement I also believe we need another strong D for the long haul ahead. This upcoming month is going to be tough on the entire D corps.

  40. SmartDog says:

    This makes sense.  Even though you’d be punishing Gionta, he is the one guy that MIGHT be able to work with Scott Gomez.

     

    ——-

    “This is a good hockey team and no matter what situation you’re put in, you’re out there with smart hockey players.” – Jeff Halpern after his winning goal against the Laffs

  41. HabFanSince72 says:

    The D is fine … as defence. They are not fine in their contribution to the offence, which is almost non-existant.

    I think what we need most with Marky gone is an offensive-minded defender.

     

  42. punkster says:

    A number of Gomez supporters have been suggesting this for weeks but we all know it won’t work. I mean, Gomez is useless and should be traded for a bag of pucks, sent down to Hamilton, bought out or forced to move to St-Sauveur and live in your garage.

  43. SmartDog says:

    This is puerile and beneath you.

    ——-

    “This is a good hockey team and no matter what situation you’re put in, you’re out there with smart hockey players.” – Jeff Halpern after his winning goal against the Laffs

  44. Clay4bc says:

    Lucky for me that I’ve never been in the “anti-Hamrlik/Spacek/Gill crowd”.

    You may have noticed that I don’t care even one iota what other people think anyway – I can make up my own mind o_O

    And I agree that we could use a mobile defenceman…if we can get both that and a forward, that would be a boon (not to be confused with Boone).

    __________________________

    The only interesting answers are those which destroy the questions. ~Susan Sontag

  45. punkster says:

    LOL…you know I was joking. Besides, he’ll bring his own sleeping bag and get up early to cook you breakfast. He’s really not a bad guy. Just don’t ask him to assist you in any way.

  46. AndyC says:

    Although I love Pouliot’s current role(he’s developing beautifully with less offensive pressure on his shoulders), I do however, think that he should be given one last try with Gomez and Gionta before calling up Pacioretty or another prospect who we think could help. Pouliot has played a grand total of 3 out 24 with Gomez and Gionta while Moen has played roughly 14 games there. Giving Poulot one last shot with Gomez couldn’t hurt in the slightest considering that Gomez has been absolutley ineffective with Moen on his wing for quite some time.

    Pouliot has come a long way since last season where he played strictly a complimentary role. He couldn’t carry a puck very far and struggled making tape to tape passes(at long ranged). His role was strictly puck retrieval, short pass to Gomez and head for the net. However, this year his game has improved leaps and bounds. He’s carrying the puck successfully and with confidence while making smart plays. I think his biggest improvement is his passing game. Reading these forums I noticed that Pouliot’s playmaking has gone unnoticed by most. I really would like to see how his improved game would look like with a return to the line that made him successful last year.

  47. SmartDog says:

    Hey Gomer, pass me the salt.

    Dammit, don’t whip it at my head, can’t you just put it in my hand??

    ——-

    “This is a good hockey team and no matter what situation you’re put in, you’re out there with smart hockey players.” – Jeff Halpern after his winning goal against the Laffs

  48. Bugs says:

    If an AHLer jumps directly in front of my boy, the num4 overall pick in the draft, I’m gonna lose it.

    Pac-Man ever comes up; he’s to be saddled to Eller, and that’s it.

    Tragically misunderstood, please bite

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Minority Owner of the Habbalicious Bubble-Gum Emporium, Proprietor of the Flanneltop Pop Shop, and Beaming Tenant in Mama’s Basement, i.e., Habsbros Central: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  49. SmartDog says:

    I recall there was some bad blood between Burns and Savard.  I’m sure Hickey and Boone know a lot more about that than I ever did.  I’d hate to think an old grudge is what stopped him.  But to be clear I’m just speculating and could be entirely wrong… I’d like to know if anyone knows more about those relationships.

    ——-

    “This is a good hockey team and no matter what situation you’re put in, you’re out there with smart hockey players.” – Jeff Halpern after his winning goal against the Laffs

  50. HabsTrueBlue says:

    Is it not possible that Savard and Sinden simply disagreed with the emotional sentiment of electing Burns to the HOF this year?

  51. longtimehabsfan says:

    If true, it’s a classless move by Savard.  Their relationship crumbled more than 18 years ago.  Enough time to forgive and move on.  As for Sinden, I’m not surprised.  He’s the master of grudge masters.

  52. Max_a_million says:

     

    Sorry the table came out like crap when I posted it:

    Basically last five seasons:

    plus/minus

    5, -16, -2, 7, 9

    SOG/GM

    3.69, 3.33, 3.15, 3.35, 3.00

    ATOI

    18:03, 18:33, 17:34, 19:31, 18:40

    I think his time is down, because JM is rolling four lines instead of three this season.  Don’t buy into the hype.  The uy is playing hands of stone Moen, and flitterby Gomez, and has been nothing but professional about carrying that line. 

  53. JF says:

    I know Cammalleri’s defensive game is a lot better this year.  As you point out, his plus minus is better than it’s ever been, and he doesn’t turn over the puck in our own zone as much as he did last year.  But I still think he’s showing signs of frustration at his lack of scoring, and while I think that’s a bit selfish, it’s also very natural for someone who’s known as a sniper.  I hope he gets more chances; he’s working hard and certainly deserves them.  But he needs to be careful of his temper, which, as we saw in a couple of incidents in practice last year, can flare up suddenly.

  54. AndyC says:

    I’m not too sure whether Cammalleri’s performances in the last few games is a result of selfishness. In my opinion, Cammalleri looks extremely fustrated. He didn’t appear selfish when he, Plekanec and Kostitsyn were carrying the load offensively in the first 10 games. Again, this is just my opinion, but I’d rather wait and see how he gets himself out of this rut before I start making such claims.

  55. HabFanSince72 says:

    From TSN, your morning chuckle:

    On his second anniversary at the helm of the Toronto Maple Leafs, GM
    Brian Burke acknowledged that they were not exactly where they wanted to
    be right now, but also stressed that he felt the team was making
    healthy progress.

    “From our perspective, we’ve plugged in significant parts of the puzzle
    as far as what we need to get better, but the results haven’t been there
    yet,” Burke said. “Do we need more talent? Do we need to execute
    better? Based on the last few games, you could argue it either way.”

    “I’m happy with the coaching staff,” he said. “That’s not an issue for us. It might be for some people, it’s not for us.”

    “I think we have a great work ethic, a great group of guys,” Burke
    said. “I love the character of the team and I love the work ethic. I’m
    really impressed with the group.”

     

    http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=343418


     

  56. SeriousFan09 says:

    Too much pride can be your downfall, you would think a Harvard graduate would know that.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  57. Johnny_D says:

    Wow, talk about spraying a turd with cologne.

  58. Matt_in_TO says:

    I figrued Burke would be a little more honest but I guess he’s going to come out and say “I f*cked up.”

     

    - In Price We Trust

  59. Say Ash says:

    Surely, he can’t be serious.

  60. AndyC says:

    When Burke first took over the Leafs general manager position, the first thing he said was that he was going to build from the net out. Shortly, after he signed Gustavsson. Free agency came and his biggest acquisitions were Mike Komisarek and Beauchemin. Burke thought he had something going because on paper he had an extremely strong defense. However, what he failed to realize was that Beauchemin and Komisarek had one thing in common: They looked a lot better than what they were because both played along side Elite Puckmoving defensemen…Niedermayer and Markov.

    The second bonehead move was moving Pavel Kubina for Exelby in order to get cap room to sign Komisarek and Beauchemin. This had to be his dumbest move because he replaced Kubina with two lesser defensemen. Kubina is a good puck-mover and has a great shot from the back end. He’s mobile and can skate. Instead he signed a one-dimension Mike Komisarek who is not as mobile and not nearly as good offensively for a million dollars less. This is also an example of how Burke has his priorities in terms of talent all wrong. He puts his obsession with physicality above actual multi-talented players. He still hasn’t realized that good teams have players who can play in multiple roles. Instead he keeps getting these one-dimension players(Kessel, Komisarek, Beauchemin, Phanuef etc). All guys who are really good at one thing but average to poor on everything else.

    The problem with Burke is his ego, he clearly overvalues his own judge of talent. Anyone with half a brain could have seen that Komisarek and Beauchemin were not truly the defensemen they appeard to be. Also, he ruined the team because he legitimatley believed that the leafs were a playoff team, hence the acquisition of Phil Kessel.

    Oh and by the way, the funniest part of the Kessel trade was that at the draft there was a deal in place where Kaberle would be moved for Kessel, but the deal was nixed because Burke thought he was getting a first along with Kaberle.

    I really don’t like Burke for the simple fact that he’s egotistical and a loud mouth. He would not get nearly the amount of bashing he currently gets if he would just shut is mouth and go about his business in private. Instead he makes all poop public which subsequently draws attention. If he kept his mouth shut, you’d have a lot more fans saying that he inherited a bad team. Instead all he does is tell his fans that he’s going after this guy and getting big offers for this guy and then when all is set and done, he lays a big egg because he raises the expectations soooo high that when the deal is done, you can’t help but not be disappointed.

     

    Sorry for the rant, but people like Burke get on my nerves. The man speaks to the media more in one day that other GMs do in an entire year.

  61. Bugs says:

    Give the guy credit; it’s hard not to sound stupid when you justify your bonehead moves but he pulls it off.

    Tragically misunderstood, please bite

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Minority Owner of the Habbalicious Bubble-Gum Emporium, Proprietor of the Flanneltop Pop Shop, and Beaming Tenant in Mama’s Basement, i.e., Habsbros Central: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  62. joshua94k says:

    “It depends on which night you ask. In my mind, I think the injuries have been critical. I think teams in the NHL in the cap system are, by and large, thin. I think you see when a team has an injury that it impacts them almost immediately,” Burke told ‘That’s Hockey’. “That’s a part of it, but a part of it has been we’re not all pulling on the rope at the same time. We’ll get a good performance out of two or three players one night and then not the next night, so (there are) lots of factors. I wish I had a better answer.” – Toronto GM Brian Burke

    Hmm Injuries:

    Last year the Canadiens were missing key players to injuries for expended periods of time. Andrei Markov, Brian Gionta, Mike Cammalleri, Roman Hamrlik, Hall Gill, Jaroslav Spacek, Andrei Kostitsyn etc. In fact coach Martin said he never experienced coaching a team with so many injuries in his entire career. Yet the Canadiens played on and made the play-offs.

    I don’t think Burke would last long in Montreal, espcially with responses like that.

    “It’s too much for one guy to shoulder. For us, we’re going to do it as a group. It’s about sharing that responsibility win or lose.” – Mike Cammalleri

  63. longtimehabsfan says:

    One of my favorite Pat Burns stories goes back to his first season as coach of the Habs.  John Kordic stormed into Burns’ office to complain of lack of playing time.  Burns threw an ashtray at Kordic and yelled for him not to come back into his office until he learns some manners.  Maybe they’ll get to talk about this in heaven.

  64. Bugs says:

    He also states quite clearly that the 2nd line isn’t supposed to BE purgatory. It’s not the 4th; it’s the 2nd ferpetessakes.

    It’s not “punishing Cammy” as much as it is “gettin K Senior going again”. NOWHERE does it say Cammy wasn’t working hard enough.

    Tragically misunderstood, please bite

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Minority Owner of the Habbalicious Bubble-Gum Emporium, Proprietor of the Flanneltop Pop Shop, and Beaming Tenant in Mama’s Basement, i.e., Habsbros Central: http://habsbros.blogspot.com


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