Brian Burke: Let's Make a Deal!

RexLibris
January 19 2014 10:56AM

*The above photo is Brian Burke at the draft with Chris Pronger, a defenseman Burke believed in strongly enough to trade up in the draft order to acquire...hint hint

Amongst NHL media and fans there is the general belief that Brian Burke is one of the best GMs in the league when it comes to trades, specifically that he is better capable of stealing quality talent out of an organization than many or most of his peers.

Being the iconoclastic contrarian that I am, I decided I’d take a look into this to determine whether this was indeed true, and if so to what extent and based on what factors. I also wanted to look further into Burke's history as a GM and determine where he ranks amongst his peers in the league.

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Season of Remembrance

RexLibris
November 11 2013 07:58AM

On the evening of December 24th, 1914, something redeeming happened along the Western Front in France and Belgium. Something sane, kind, good and human took over from the cruel madness that was emerging from the first few months of the Great War. On that night, rifles were put down and soldiers on opposite sides of a pitted field rose from their makeshift trenches filled with mud and earth and came together as comrades, offering each other gifts and friendship.

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Can the Flames Hang On?

RexLibris
November 06 2013 08:03AM

 

Some NSFW language in the video

 

...In case you're wondering, reports are that Joey MacDonald was, apparently, the panda in the above video.

Now, can the Flames continue to perform as they have so far this season, or are we staring at a statistical mirage?

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Can the Flames Take the Leafs to the Woodshed?

RexLibris
October 02 2013 02:10PM

With Phil Kessel signing a contract extension for an infinite number of dollars spread over an infinite number of years, this got me thinking about the future cap situation of the Leafs which got me thinking of the recent Colborne trade as perhaps being a harbinger of things to come.

The Leafs traded a young but stalled prospect to the Flames for a song. A conditional 4th round draft pick of a song, to be exact.

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Assessing the Flames Future Roster Gaps

RexLibris
September 04 2013 12:19PM

 

 

Before setting out on a project one first needs to establish an end goal as well as a series of markers that help to measure success.

One way of doing this is to mock up a roster with available players and best-bet prospects in their most reasonable positions, see where the gaps are, and craft strategies to acquire the missing assets.

Below is a rough sketch of what the Flames’ roster might look like this October...

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