The Time Brian Burke Beat the CBA

Arik
January 14 2014 12:39PM

 

This man is currently contemplating the ideal barn layout.

 

While I still feel fairly hesistant about Brian Burke as the Calgary head honcho, it's important to remember that he's not a stupid man. His views about the importance of certain attributes may be misguided, but he's hardly a complete caveman. 

 

In fact, he can be rather clever and inspired when it strikes him. On Grantland, Sean McIndoe wrote an article called 5 Huge NHL Moves You've Probably Forgotten, and while there's a nice reminder of the fact that the Flames signed Teemu to his first NHL contract, the part that concerns us here at Flamesnation comes a bit later, under the subject "Olaf Kolzig and the Disappearing Draft Pick".

Kolzig, as most will remember, was the Capitals goalie for about eleventy billion years, before George McPhee finally decided enough was enough, and those other guys need to play already, amiright? So Kolzig went down to Tampa where he didn't do much and ended up with an injury. So how does Burke get involved? I'll let the article explain.

 

...at the 2009 trade deadline, [Kolzig] was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs. When the deal was announced, a confused hockey world tried to figure out what was going on. Had there been some sort of mistake? Did the Leafs not know he was hurt? Had a frustrated Brian Burke finally snapped and decided that an injured and basically retired goalie would still be an upgrade over what he was stuck with at the time?

 

None of the above, as it turns out. Burke was just working the system. The Leafs acquired Kolzig as part of a package deal (there were other minor pieces going each way) knowing full well he’d never play for them. But the injured goalie was still owed hundreds of thousands of dollars, and the Leafs agreed to write the checks if the Lightning threw in a fourth-round pick in the 2009 entry draft. In essence, Burke had bought a draft pick.

 

For all the concerns I have regarding the direction Burke will take the Flames, one thing I'm not worried about is a repeat of the Ryan O'Reilly fiasco. Burke knows the CBA, he knows how to use it, and he's smart enough to know what not to do. Sure, the NHL eventually taxed the Leafs for this with a minor CBA violation elsewhere, but that's what happens when you embarrass the league.

If nothing else, the Burke era promises to be even more entertaining than the Feaster era.

 

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Arik works in Search and Rescue in the United States Coast Guard and is a former managing editor of the SBN Flames blog, Matchsticks and Gasoline.
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#51 the-wolf
January 15 2014, 03:25PM
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Karasu89 wrote:

This whole ror thing... no one knew the rules until 24 hours later..vancouver offered him too.. so lets stop bringing up this example.. its an "academic point"

Imagine no Monahan in Calgary right now. And then come back and say that.

Nothing academic about it. Thank goodness Colorada was even dumber than Calgary.

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#52 SeanCharles
January 15 2014, 08:06PM
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@the-wolf

The issue isn't as cut and dry as everyone makes it out to be..

If Colorado didn't match and he went threw waivers the Flames would have filed a grievance and the issue would have likely been put in front of a 3rd party arbitrator who would have looked at all the data and made a ruling based on what was presented.

Considering more than one team misinterpreted that section of the CBA it's not hard to fathom us winning the ruling.

The point being made, I think, is that we have no idea how it all would have played out so we should stop speculating.

It worked out so no harm no foul, and Feaster is gone anyways so move on to bitching about Burke and his truculent views like everyone else already...

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#53 TDM
January 15 2014, 10:53PM
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Dr. Philosophy wrote:

This just in: Our enforcers are ineffective

Evidence: Some people on the same team got hurt playing hockey.

Really?

Don't you have some face punching to do somewhere rather than clogging up the comments section? So tired of the endless parade of lame justifications for pugilists that make our fourth line a non-entity

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