- Why does most of the Toronto press continue to defer to Brian Burke even though he makes comical decisions like sending Pavel Kubina to Atlanta in exchange for Garnet Exelby? Obviously I'm very glad to have Kubina. We've praised him over and over here at Chronicle, and way back when we said Exelby-for-Kubina was an excellent trade on Wadudley's part.
So why does most of the press still speak of Brian Burke like he's some kind of genius? Is it just because he entered an already quite positive situation in Anaheim and won a Stanley Cup?
I mean, even in a piece where he acknowledges the hilarity of Kubina-for-Exelby, Damien Cox can't quite bring himself to name the man who is, you know, actually responsible for the trade. Apparently some nebulous entity called "the Leafs" made the final decision.
- Another great mystery: what is going on with the Ilya Kovalchuk contract? If you're reading and are Ilya Kovalchuk, we'd appreciate a tip.