Bob Duff has an interesting article in The Guardian entitled "Leafs hope Wings formula leads to end of drought"...
Don’t look now, Leafs fans, but the Toronto front office is beginning to resemble a facsimile of the successful formula employed for years by the Wings.
Oh this should be good...
Burke is Toronto’s version of Ken Holland, and like Holland, sees the value in employing a deep roster of knowledgeable lieutenants.
...is your monitor covered with whatever beverage you were drinking? If by "Toronto's version of Ken Holland", he meant "nothing like Ken Holland in any way aside from his position title"...then I agree with that. They share a goal - winning the Stanley Cup - but have completely opposite strategies in trying to attain said goal.
Former Leafs GM Cliff Fletcher offers the same veteran savvy of a Jimmy Devellano, while Dave Nonis is Burke’s Jim Nill, i.e. the assistant general manager.
Notice the lack of explanation. Let me clarify a few points by posting that quote again...
Former Leafs GM Cliff Fletcher offers the same veteran savvy of a Jimmy Devellano (only worse), while Dave Nonis is Burke’s Jim Nill (only worse), i.e. the assistant general manager.
Dave Poulin fills the roll that Steve Yzerman had until departing to take over as GM in Tampa Bay, while Loiselle, who previously served on Brian Lawton’s staff with the Lightning, steps in to bring both hockey smarts, as well as the ability to know contracts and the collective bargaining agreement, thanks to his time working at the NHL offices in New York, as well as the law degree he earned at the behest of Burke.
Dave Poulin = Steve Yzerman how?
It appears that this guy is simply matching up titles within both organ-i-zations and simply going, "Okay...Burke is a GM, Holland is a GM...therefore Burke = Holland".
Great logic there.