Pressed for a reason as to why his team have not been achieving as well as some had hoped this season, the GM didn't pin his explanation on just one cause.
"It depends on which night you ask. In my mind, I think the injuries have been critical. I think teams in the NHL in the cap system are, by and large, thin. I think you see when a team has an injury that it impacts them almost immediately," The GM told 'That's Hockey'. "That's a part of it, but a part of it has been we're not all pulling on the rope at the same time. We'll get a good performance out of two or three players one night and then not the next night, so there are lots of factors. I wish I had a better answer. This is a team that started off great, a team that has played well of late," The GM said. "We had a stretch in there that was terrible. We've got to get healthy and see where we are."
So, who said it?
Actually, this is a quote of Brian Burke talking about the Leafs in an Interview with TSN. And, he makes good points! Our injuries have probably been worse...Streit, Okposo (whose numbers compare well to Kessel) and others. We're not alone in our troubles (but we have a stronger prospect pool, and we have our first round pick in 2011). This also points out the fallacy of the "genius" hockey guy who will come in, spend $$, and fix everything. Just something for us Isles fans to consider as we struggle through another rebuilding year with young kids. Not an excuse, but there is some reality here. So, let's discuss....