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Toronto newspaper mocks Burke with “Trade Deadwhine” front page

Feb 28, 2012, 12:25 PM EDT

From Chris Johhnston of the Canadian Press:


This, of course, is in reference to Toronto GM Brian Burke’s post-trade deadline presser in which he said the following:

— “I think it’s remarkable that players have kept their focus through this time.”

— “I think the trade deadline is hard on players (around the league) but I think it’s murder on players in Toronto.”

— “It’s to the point where I’m debating doing the same thing I do at Christmas, starting our own trade freeze 10 days before, that’s how distracting it is.”

— “There’s no question in my mind that there’s times when the pressure in this marketplace is a millstone, not an asset.”

After suggesting that no city puts pressure on its hockey team like Toronto (because, you know, Montreal has been so mellow this season), the media shot back:

Dave Feschuk, Toronto Star: “He said he and his staff had even talked of instituting a 10-day trade freeze in the lead-up to the deadline to relieve the Leafs of the stresses of TradeCentre. (And as he spoke you could almost see the lightbulb ignite above the heads of the all-sports TV executives who have turned trade talk, or lack thereof, into a mini-industry: Why not have two deadline days every February? Burkie’s day followed by everyone else’s — ratings gold!)”

Steve Buffery, Toronto Sun: “Playing in this market is definitely a disadvantage compared to playing in Nashville or Florida. Reimer and Gustavsson have looked like deer caught in the headlights the last couple of weeks. And that makes it tough on a GM. But what Burke didn’t say was that one of the huge advantages of playing in this market is that Toronto fans are unbelievably patient and understanding. The Three Amigos — Burke, [Raptors GM] Bryan Colangelo and [Blue Jays GM] Alex Anthopoulos — should thank their lucky stars every day for that. Especially Burke.”

Jeff Blair, Globe and Mail: “Burke couched his notions with the caveat that he wanted to make sure his hands weren’t tied by imposing his own deadline – in effect, taking his ball and going home, to hell with the rest of you. For that, Leafs Nation ought to take comfort, because Burke’s homemade rules too often mitigate the financial clout this organization ought to wield. Really, isn’t the point to try and screw over the other guy, not be your brother’s keeper?”

It’ll be very interesting to see how the Leafs come out tonight in a crucial home game against Florida. The Panthers have dominated the season series (winning 5-3 and 5-1) and are five points clear of Toronto in the standings.

  1. mehetmet - Feb 28, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    And the best pic we could find was one with graffiti across the top.

    • drewsylvania - Feb 28, 2012 at 12:39 PM

      They did it on purpose–it’s a picture of the paper inside a graffiti’ed newspaper box.

      • cableguymike - Feb 28, 2012 at 1:19 PM

        Didn’t have enough change to actually purchase the paper, obviously. Haha.

  2. ruddigervancity - Feb 28, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    Also furious about this headline: Elmer Fudd.

    • kitshky - Feb 28, 2012 at 2:29 PM

      (clap clap clap)

  3. ikillchicken - Feb 28, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    Hey Burkie…maybe if you don’t like the giant media swarm around your team you should tell your idiot coach to NOT publicly blast your goaltending situation a week before the deadline. Cause, you know, that kinda fuels trade speculation in a big way.

  4. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Feb 28, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    I really hate the Toronto media. What is their problem with what Burke said? It’s not like he was turning down reasonable offers at the deadline because he felt like it. The right offers obviously just never came along, which is true of most other teams if you look at how many minor deals there were.

  5. emperorzero - Feb 28, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    Not a Maple Leafs fan, but I think the Toronto meida should shut their yappers since the Leafs are relevant for the first time since ’93-94. It may take another year or two, but I think Burke has the team on the right track.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Feb 28, 2012 at 5:43 PM

      Exactly. He came in with basically an AHL roster to work with and has turned it into a team that after 7 years finally looks like it’s heading in the right direction.

  6. habsman - Feb 28, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    Looks like the media is finally getting tired of this BS’er. I think some of the Leaf fan base is as well. I guess “Burkie” isn’t as tough as her pretends to be. If you can’t handle the heat, then you need to quit.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Feb 28, 2012 at 5:41 PM

      The media has always hated Burke because he doesn’t allow them to control the moves he makes like previous GMs have. I have absolutely no problem with how he’s running things. This is a young team that has tons of potential and there’s no need to start tearing it down just because they don’t make the playoffs this year.

  7. claysbar - Feb 28, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    Like most media people nowadays, they try to be the news, not report it.

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