I just read the entire Burnside article, and I'm angry.
I seriously don't understand how someone like Burke is given the honor to take part in this selection process. It's clear how much of an overpowering personality he had in the talks, and honestly, if he's not at the table, I sincerely believe we're looking at a team with Ryan and Yandle. What pissed me off most was him criticizing Poile for giving the coaches (mainly Bylsma) too much of a voice. I'm sorry but I trust Bylsma's opinion more than these clowns like Burke and Holmgren.
You can tell just based on what they said that they hold Schneider in high regard. I think they all liked either Bishop and Schneider over Howard, and maybe even the injured Quick, but their gut said no; god knows why.
I think this was the most telling quote, Lombardi talking about Yandle: '"If this kid was playing in New York, would we be embarrassed not to take him?" Lombardi asks rhetorically, a query he will repeat several times during the meeting.'
^^^I think we now know why Stepan and Callahan were considered "locks"....
I honestly would've preferred a GM brain trust that was limited to Lou Lamoriello, Dean Lombardi, Ray Shero, and Dale Tallon. I don't know how some of these other clowns could be involved in such a big decision for American hockey. Cut guys like Holmgren, Burke, Waddell, and Poile, etc. out of the equation.
Edited by DJ Eco, 03 January 2014 - 03:42 PM.