With the NHL season starting in less than a week, coaches and general managers are meeting to make final roster cuts and decisions on player deployment.
In an appearance on the Starting Lineup on Sportsnet 650 in Vancouver, former NHL GM Brian Burke was asked about that decision-making process and how involved a coach gets.
“Well certainly from my perspective, you’re going to fire the coach if he doesn’t win enough games, so you better let him pick the roster,” Burke said.
“It’s very seldom that I interfered in a player-selection issue with the coach,” he continued. “And that meant sometimes that he was going to send out a high pick and make you look bad. But that to me is, well if I look bad that means I picked the wrong guy, it’s not the coach’s fault. You dress the lineup that gives us the best chance to win tonight.”
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