Thursday, March 04, 2010

Burke comments on deadline day

“We turned down two picks for Poni because we liked the prospect better,” Burke said. “A prospect is farther along the food chain, as far as development. This is a guy who’s a second-year pro, has played in the NHL, a guy we really liked in junior, a guy we really like as a pro – that to me has far greater value than a draft pick that I’m not going to see for three years, if I ever see him at all.

“You can see with the Kessel deal, we are not interested in a five-year rebuilding plan. We’re trying to improve this team on a much more rapid time frame. You saw in Anaheim that it didn’t take five years. That’s what we’re trying to do here.”

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9 Comments:

At 9:25 PM, March 04, 2010, Blogger Nick said...

Without someone like pronger falling into his lap, he's going to have a hard time duplicating what he did in anaheim.

I guess if you turn toronto into more of an attractive organization from a player's standpoint you might have more luck getting into a similar situation

 
At 9:25 PM, March 04, 2010, Blogger Nick said...

hey james whats up with the moderated comments

 
At 10:03 PM, March 04, 2010, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Spam issues. I generally have them posted very quickly.

 
At 9:32 AM, March 05, 2010, Blogger Richard said...

Nick, I'd consider Dion Phaneuf as being someone like Pronger who pretty much fell into our laps...

 
At 12:27 PM, March 05, 2010, Blogger James said...

Richard- No offense to Phaneuf, but there's really no comparison to be made between him and Pronger. They're not in the same class (in terms of talent, not saying Pronger has class...) and I highly doubt Phaneuf ever reaches that level.

 
At 3:58 PM, March 05, 2010, Blogger Nick said...

Toronto did get an alright deal on Phaneuf, but he's no Pronger - no matter what Don Cherry says.

 
At 8:11 PM, March 05, 2010, Blogger Doogie2K said...

I think Pronger and Phaneuf have about the same level of class, myself.

 
At 2:35 PM, March 07, 2010, Blogger doggit said...

Phaneuf is a former Norris trophy winner. If you look at the stats, he surpassed Lidstrom in every category except assists, just because the media have huge man crushes on red wings doesn't mean he didn't deserve it. The only question is whether he meets his potential. If he does, he's as good as Pronger in his prime.

 
At 2:43 PM, March 08, 2010, Blogger Hound said...

When exactly did Phaneuf win the Norris?

 

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