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Burke calls the shootout a ‘circus stunt’

Feb 28, 2014, 3:56 PM EDT

Regular readers will already know my feelings on the shootout, so I’d be remiss not to pass along Calgary general manager Brian Burke’s.

Burke made those comments today at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, where, by the way, he’s always a big hit with the stats enthusiasts.

But back to Burke’s anti-shootout comments, because those were just the latest from an NHL general manager. Dave Nonis and Ken Holland have also called for ways to reduce the significant number of shootouts that are deciding games, including extending overtime and introducing 3-on-3 overtime.

  1. JoeAvg - Feb 28, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    For once I agree with him.

    I still say simply by not giving the loser a point (and shootout winners only one point) you would drastically cut the number of games that go to a shootout. It would change the way teams play late in tie games – no more get the one point mentality.

    And will someone buy him a comb for crying out loud? He looks like he just got up from a nap on the sofa.

    • valoisvipers - Mar 1, 2014 at 9:48 AM

      Burke should trade Cammy for a new barber.

  2. spezzdispenser - Feb 28, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    Shootout isn’t intense enough for him.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Feb 28, 2014 at 4:38 PM

      Not enough truculence in a shootout.

  3. stcrowe - Feb 28, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    Burke has always reminded me of a circus clown.

  4. nolockoutpricks - Feb 28, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    that’s where that loser belongs is in the circus. how people keep giving him a job is beyond me

  5. thecheeman - Feb 28, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    Can we please get him some seed money and let him start up his own independent league that plays by the rules of absolute dictator Brian Burke. It would be hilarious.

  6. bigtganks - Feb 28, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    I love how the olympics do it.

    3 pts – Regulation Win
    2 pts – OT or SO win (it would make the shootout tolerable)
    1 pt – OT or SO loss
    0 pts – Regulation Loss

    That said, get rid of the shootout. I feel like it’s flipping a coin at the end of a game to decide the winner in that no one really earned it. Seriously what’s wrong with a TIE? It’s points based standings.

    • elrock7 - Feb 28, 2014 at 9:46 PM

      Should be 2 pts for reg.time win. 1 pt for OT or shootout win, NO points for any loss. Why this league rewards failure, I will never figure out.

      Extend OT if you want and go to 3 on 3 after first 5 mins, until someone scores.

  7. chunkala - Feb 28, 2014 at 6:18 PM

    3 on 3 works for me.
    And of course 4 on 4 OT in playoffs to stop all the dreadful multiple OT games.

  8. pfpmb - Feb 28, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    “I think it’s an eyeballs business” says Burke. Really? I think he needs an eye exam or a better eye Doctor. The guy can’t see talent even if it hit him in the face.

  9. csilojohnson - Feb 28, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    The Kluwe of hockey. Just shut up already.

  10. ducksk - Feb 28, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    He thinks he is Mr. Hockey. Or Albert Einstein. Sure hope he says in canada for good. The game passed him by a long time ago.

  11. mydoglouie - Feb 28, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    Not the most flattering picture to use, looking rough

  12. flyerincowtown - Feb 28, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    Get rid of the damn looser point. 3 points for the regulation win, 2 points for the OT win and 1 point for the shootout win. ZERO points for being a looser. On another note, with these giant keepers playing the butterfly or hybrid butterfly, the league should add 2″ to the height of the nets, more pretty top shelf goals

  13. wishingtonredslur - Mar 1, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    Analytics works, the Oakland Athletics haven’t been this relevant since about the same time the Flames won a Stanley Cup. Get on board.

  14. mrhyperpants - Mar 2, 2014 at 3:11 AM

    3 pts for a win.
    1 pt for a draw.
    Bloody Americans that must have a winner all the time. The Canucks vs Wild game the other night went to round 7 in the shoot out. Zzzzzzzz. Both teams were $&@! and both teams only deserved 1 point.

  15. mrhyperpants - Mar 2, 2014 at 3:14 AM

    0 pts for a loser

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