Brian Burke Cares


Among the many stupid questions (and the odd good one) that mittenstringers asked at the season ending feeding frenzy were a number that questioned how Brian Burke felt about this season. ‘Obviously’ his anger was manufactured and he couldn’t possibly care that much. Reading his answers to questions hardly do them justice as it’s impossible to see the evident frustration and anger with which he spoke to the media. 

A full transcript is available here but this one stood out when I was watching:

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This is four years in a row you’ve sat here and talked about the disappointment of not making the playoffs, do you have to make the playoffs next year?

I want to make the playoffs every season. I haven’t slept in a month, a few months, I can assure you the GM is far more disappointed, whether we have to make the playoffs, that’s ownership’s right and prerogative, and you can ask someone in ownership

Greg Brady of the Fan590 didn’t appreciate the insinuation that Burke might have been more disappointed than fans at the outcome this year. However, I don’t know how you can square the downplaying of Burke’s feelings with what we know about his competitive personality. The picture tells the entire story. There he is looking absolutely gutted to be on this stage with four other stooges that are pleased as punch to have been such abject failures that they need to take advantage of the NHL’s equivalent of food stamps. 

Say what you will about Brian Burke – and I’ll be saying a lot over the next few months – but the man cares. The poor bastard might care so much that it hinders his ability to do the job.

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  • At this time I would like to offer my sincere apology to you the #1 Leaf Nation Fans for the lack luster performance by our hockey organization the Toronto Maple Leafs this season. I realize that the Toronto Maple Leafs have not made the playoffs for 8 years now and have not been in the Stanley Cup Finals since 1967 but I want to ensure that if you keep supporting our organization for another 20 years we will make the playoffs, we are currently in a rebuilding stage that will take another 10 years before we are a competitive team fighting for the 8’th playoff spot.

    Please keep supporting our organization and paying $300 per ticket for the next 20 years watching us lose over and over again.

    Your loyalty is important to us and we are proud that you like our losing team and we hope you are patient enough because “There is always next year”

    Brian Burke

    P.S. We will be planning a Stanley Cup parade next season after we win the first 5 games of the season.