Burke reveals the Pittsburgh Model is actually his ass

Burke's Ass, shown here, is responsible for Pittsburgh's oft-studied playoff success.

“What’s the Pittsburgh model?”

Brian Burke snapped that question back to the media during a postseason press conference on Tuesday […]. The […] question had been about preaching patience to the fan base and [the idea of collecting] high draft choices through years of unsuccessful hockey [as a way to turn Toronto into] a Stanley Cup contender.

“[Pittsburgh] won a goddamn lottery and they got the best player in the game. Is that available to me? Should we do that? Should we ask the League to have a lottery this year, and maybe we pick first?” he said.

“The Pittsburgh model? My ass.”

[…]”Ray Shero’s done a good job. He’s an excellent GM and he’s a friend of mine. But I love when people talk about the Pittsburgh model. The simple fact is that they got the best player … we came in second that year in Anaheim. We got Bobby Ryan. Impact player, good player. They got Sidney Crosby […].”

(Anyone want to wager what percentage of Burke’s ire here is based on the premise that he’d still be living in California if the Ducks had landed Sidney Crosby?)

via Toronto Maple Leafs stuck in hockey limbo | Puck Daddy – Yahoo! Sports.

Burke can live wherever he wants. Maybe he does still live in California, I don’t know. I find it hard to believe Burke would prefer still working for the Ducks to working for one of the two or three coolest franchises in hockey. Cool the way the Dodgers are still cool, even when they suck. Cool the way the Ducks are never cool, even when they win the cup.

Burke’s Ass

I’m sure a lot of people are nodding in agreement, reading Burke’s assessment of the Penguin’s “grand scheme.” It’s not just the fact that anyone could have won that lottery — the 2005 draft being the one coming out of the lock-out where there were no 2005 final standings to seed the draft (since there was no season) and so the entire drafting order was chosen randomly. In the six playoffs since the Crosby pick, the Penguins have been “contenders” exactly twice. Once they lost in the finals but could have won. Once they won the cup. That’s nothing to sneeze at. But they also lost in the first round twice and the second round once. And the year they won the cup, they fired their coach mid-season.

That doesn’t sound like much of a plan. It sounds more like a team with some world-class talent (like a lot of teams) and decent management (like a lot of teams) fighting their way through the Normandy invasion that is the Stanley Cup Playoffs, with more success than most teams but by no means a corner on any ingenious formula for winning.

#1 Sidney Crosby, #2 Bobby Ryan, #3 Jack Johnson

Burke’s right. As good as Ryan is, he’s not Crosby. and JJ isn’t Ryan. (p.s. the highest scoring player in the ’05 draft class, behind Crosby, is Anze Kopitar, picked 11th by Dave Taylor.)


  9 comments for “Burke reveals the Pittsburgh Model is actually his ass

  1. April 10, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    Calling that strategy the “Pittsburgh model” is ludicrous.

    Burke is hilarious. But I would cry if he ever got hired by the Kings.

  2. Sam
    April 10, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    As an aisde, I think people forget Burke did a lot of work in bringing about the Vancouver team the Kings are facing now.

    All that said, I’ll focus on the part about the Kings. Anze Kopitar was the 2nd best player in that draft. And I for one was mad the Kings drafted the first Slovenian ever. Oh man was I wrong.

    • April 12, 2012 at 1:13 AM

       Kopi was always projected as the 2nd or 3rd best player in that draft before draft day – the only thing holding him back was the Slovenian thing.  People were worried that he’d be another Nik Antropov (who’s had a decent career, mind you) because most of his international play was in the the B and C pools at the juniors and they didn’t get a reading against the big seven.

  3. Doughty99
    April 10, 2012 at 4:58 PM


    PS – Quisp: continuing an earlier convo – every time I try to login, Disqus replies that I have entered and incorrect password. Hey Disqus, you’re full of shit. Any suggestions?

  4. angelofdeath
    April 11, 2012 at 4:51 AM

    Fleury in ’03(1), Malkin in ’04(2), Crosby in ’05(1) and Staal in ’06(3)… That’s a real nice model there…

  5. JamesFlagg
    April 12, 2012 at 8:36 PM

    2005 draft was slightly weighted based on results and draft positions from the last 3 complete seasons; Pens, Jackets, Sabres and Rangers had the best odds of landing the top pick (6.3%), but 10 other teams had a fair chance as well (4.2%). Nobody can deny the Pens have Orlando Magic/San Antonio Spurs luck; in addition to winning the Crosby lottery, they also sucked bad enough to get Mario with the first pick back in 1984…..Often better to be lucky than good….

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