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BURKE SAYS SIGNING JOE THORNTON MAKES NO SENSE FOR THE MAPLE LEAFS

Sportsnet hockey analyst Brian Burke is not holding back while discussing the Toronto Maple Leafs signing NHL veteran Joe Thornton. An in interview done before the signing was made official by the Leafs, Burke said it would make zero sense for the Maple Leafs.

"I don't think this is a good idea," said Burke. "I don't mince my words very often, this doesn't make sense to me at all."

I don't get it," Burke continued. "They signed the veteran for this role. I don't get it from Joe's standpoint. If he thinks the team is close, there are teams that are closer that might sign him."

"It almost looks like doing something to show the public you're doing something and pulling out all the stops, but it's not quite what you need," Burke continued.

"Why don't they spend this time and effort and get some ugly, big, mean, nasty guy that is preferably...they are adding a piece they don't need. "



Burke went on to say he loves Joe Thornton and tried to trade for him during his time as an NHL GM, but this is not what Toronto needs right now.

Thornton, 41, is currently playing with HC Davos of the Swiss National League. He's been a member of the San Jose Sharks since 2005. His new contract with Toronto is for one year at $700,000.

Source: Sportsnet
TIM TUCKER
OCTOBER 16, 2020  (15H07)