So Brian Burke doesn't like front end loaded contracts which are all the rage in the NHL currently. Pay a player bucket loads of money in the first couple years, then around what there worth for a couple years, and finish it off with several years at peanuts salaries.
And Brian Burke doesn't like other teams poaching restricted free agents either. He doesn't like losing a good player and getting draft picks in return because a richer team has the cash to pay good players.
You know what I don't like...
Teams who intentionally suck ass for several years so they can poach the best prospects and then come out as contenders for the Stanley Cup. I don't like when my team doesn't have a single Crosby, Malkin, Staal, Andre-Fleury, or Lecavelier, Richards, St Louis, Stamkos or Hedman. Instead my team puts all their money in the bucket to get whatever talent they can and continually vie for mediocracy.
I don't like it that my team refuses to accept the little loopholes and take advantage of front end loaded contracts or poaching strategies so we perpetually miss out on top talent.
You know what Burke - it's business, and if you don't have the balls to go out and make my favourite team better in whatever way you can, then get out of the game and bring in someone with balls who will.
It's a business, not a popularity contest. If someone questions your ethics, point out you're playing by the rules. Aside from North American Pro sports, what other job rewards failure by giving the biggest loser the biggest prize---the future stars and a crack at the cup.
Here in Canada we have a ridiculous Stanley cup drought. It's because we're nice and want to win at the same time. It's time to get nasty.
So Stamkos comes to Canada. I'm sure all twenty Tampa Bay Lightning fans will be extremely disappointed. Perhaps their money losing management will breathe a sigh of relief that they don't have to pay for something they can't afford.