Brian Burke: Willing To Undo Errors

February 11th, 2011 by Mark Ritter Leave a reply »
With the news that veteran defenseman Francois Beauchemin has been traded to the Anaheim Ducks for forward Joffrey Lupul, prospect Jake Gardiner and a conditional third round draft choice in 2013 hitting the airwaves on Wednesday, it appears as if Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke is willing to make amends for the moves that have not paid dividends.

Beauchemin played 136 games in the Blue and White. He never really endeared himself to the Leaf Nation and, while he was tough playing in Toronto, many fans feel he fell short of expectations.

Trading Beauchemin is a sign that, despite Burke’s strong loyalty to his players—both past and present—that he is willing to make changes as long as he deems they better his club.

Truth be told, there have been plenty of signs that Burke is flexible, just consider the past two years he’s been on the job.

Burke spent the better part of the past two off-seasons trying to speed up the re-tooling process. Some of his moves were successful, while others, such as the Beauchemin signing, never really panned out.

Unlike many general managers out there, Burke ...

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