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Goodbye Brian Burke

from TSN,

The Toronto Maple Leafs have fired general manager Brian Burke, reports TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie.

The club will hold a press conference today at 1:45pm et/10:45am pt.

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Embedding of the live stream announcing the firing of Brian Burke has been disabled, but you can watch it here. or here.

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added 1:37pm, Sportsnet is also streaming their own version of the firing and it is available to US fans too.  Watch here.

 

added 2:20pm, from TSN,

The Toronto Maple Leafs have replaced general manager Brian Burke with Dave Nonis taking over as the new GM and senior vice president. Burke will remain with the organization as a senior advisor.

"Brian will not have direct authority over hockey operations, however this new role will allow our board and I to continue to benefit from his hockey expertise," MLSE president Tom Anselmi said in a statement. "We want to thank Brian for accepting his new role and staying on with our organization."

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Paul's avatar

Sorry for the delay folks, going to bed at 4am this morning killed me.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/09/13 at 01:12 PM ET

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Uh…is it April 1st?

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 01/09/13 at 01:13 PM ET

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one of the 40 asst GM’s can take over


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Only the Leafs would fire their GM after nine months of not playing and nine days until the first game since said nine months. #NHL/strong]

Posted by Evilpens on 01/09/13 at 01:15 PM ET

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Burke gets fired and Scot Howson still has a job? Something wrong with this picture.

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 01/09/13 at 01:16 PM ET

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Burke certainly deserved to get fired after his poor track record, but this timing is very odd.  They could’ve made this change last year and had a new GM for the draft and free agency.  Wouldn’t surprise me if Burke ends up back with league office, especially seeing as he seems to be the one GM who has Bettman’s ear.  Leafs will probably do something stupid and promote Nonis.

Posted by henrymalredo from Lansing on 01/09/13 at 01:22 PM ET

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CBJ will be gone before Scott Howson gets fired. He’d have to get caught in a motel with a dead girl or a live boy to lose his job.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 01/09/13 at 01:22 PM ET

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CBJ will be gone before Scott Howson gets fired. He’d have to get caught in a motel with a dead girl or a live boy to lose his job.
Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 01/09/13 at 01:22 PM ET

I’m surprised he is still with the BJs.  I had assumed John Davidson would’ve kicked him out the door.

Posted by henrymalredo from Lansing on 01/09/13 at 01:26 PM ET

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Bob McKenzie
@TSNBobMcKenzie
Dave Nonis is the next GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Unclear whether that is interim or unconditional appointment.

Posted by Evilpens on 01/09/13 at 01:35 PM ET

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The Leafs do something stupid? That seems far fetched. ; )

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 01/09/13 at 01:41 PM ET

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his record there merits it, but wow that is shocking to me.  he want’s to be Bettman 2.0 so he’ll have a job with the NHL soon enough I’m sure

Posted by tbassett on 01/09/13 at 01:41 PM ET

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Maybe this is all a setup for Bettman retiring and Burke taking over as commish.  big surprise

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 01/09/13 at 01:44 PM ET

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You never know Valek, from cardinal to pope.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/09/13 at 01:46 PM ET

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Maybe this is all a setup for Bettman retiring and Burke taking over as commish. 

I like the cut of your jib.

It would be so totally NHL of them to go from the Commissioner everyone hates to a guy actually more hard-headed and inflammatory.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 01/09/13 at 01:48 PM ET

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As long as the next commissioner isn’t another lawyer from the NBA.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 01/09/13 at 01:48 PM ET

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This is ridiculous. Sure Burke wasn’t doing a good job, but the team showed some promise early on last season, and he didn’t even get the chance to see what his guy Carlyle could do. If Nonis keeps things status quo and things go well, Burke will have gotten quite screwed.

Posted by NHLJeff from Pens fan in Chicago, IL on 01/09/13 at 01:50 PM ET

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Leafs will probably do something stupid and promote Nonis.

Posted by henrymalredo from Lansing on 01/09/13 at 01:22 PM ET


WINNER!!!!

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 01/09/13 at 01:50 PM ET

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If Nonis keeps things status quo and things go well, Burke will have gotten quite screwed.

Posted by NHLJeff from Pens fan in Chicago, IL on 01/09/13 at 01:50 PM ET

Disagree.  Burke is his own worst enemy and has done enough this ass-backwards to warrant this (i.e. Burke’s personal trade deadline, extended holiday trade freeze, etc).  Additionally, Burke’s track record isn’t exactly what I would call “good.”  There is nothing here that Burke hasn’t brought on himself. 

It’s the timing of this that doesn’t make sense.  Not the act itself.

Posted by WingsFaninCO on 01/09/13 at 01:59 PM ET

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Burke publicly siding with owners was a HUGE mistake. sure, the owners appreciated it, but why the hell would a player want to sign a deal with a team who’s GM opposed them in labor negotiations. for years Burke has made himself look like an ass, and i believe his personality is a huge issue when approaching players and teams for a deal.

Posted by letsmakeit12 on 01/09/13 at 02:05 PM ET

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The only reason anyone thinks Burke is any good at that job is because they believe Burke when he tells everyone that he’s good at that job. The man puts his own dumb “rules” above what’s best for the team. He’s apparently happier being “right” than successful.

Posted by awould on 01/09/13 at 02:16 PM ET

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It would be so totally NHL of them to go from the Commissioner everyone hates to a guy actually more hard-headed and inflammatory.

LOL, too true

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 01/09/13 at 02:32 PM ET

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The Leafs do something stupid?

In four years the team went from 12th in the league and 11 points out of the playoffs to 13th in the league and 12 points out of the playoffs.

What is stupid about firing a GM with that kind of record?

Posted by Garth on 01/09/13 at 02:36 PM ET

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What is stupid about firing a GM with that kind of record?

Posted by Garth on 01/09/13 at 02:36 PM ET

I can’t speak for redxblack, but I know a vast majority of the people here find the firing warranted, but the timing of it is very strange.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 01/09/13 at 02:41 PM ET

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Huh. I can understand why it could be argued that Burke should be fired, but I don’t remotely understand why it would be done RIGHT NOW. If they were going to fire him, they had about 8 months worth of more sensible days to do it.

Burke gets fired and Scot Howson still has a job? Something wrong with this picture.

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 01/09/13 at 01:16 PM ET

Can’t argue with that haha.

Posted by larry on 01/09/13 at 02:42 PM ET

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It would be so totally NHL of them to go from the Commissioner everyone hates to a guy actually more hard-headed and inflammatory.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 01/09/13 at 01:48 PM ET

Oh God. Can’t wait for the lockout where the NHL cancels the season over not liking the distribution of salary across age (and has no other grievances).

Posted by larry on 01/09/13 at 02:45 PM ET

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Well, the Leafs didn’t let me down.  In addition to the odd timing, they give his job to his own lackey?  Most teams would tell the whole management team to pack it’s bags and find someone new.

Posted by henrymalredo from Lansing on 01/09/13 at 03:34 PM ET

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Did nothing in Vancouver. Did nothing in Toronto. Took all the credit in Anaheim, when Brian Murray did most of the work before he took over. Oh yeah, he dealt for pronged…...Genius, pure Genius. Just ask him…he will tell ya.

Posted by Down River Dan on 01/09/13 at 03:34 PM ET

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“Did nothing in Vancouver. Did nothing in Toronto. Took all the credit in Anaheim, when Brian Murray did most of the work before he took over. Oh yeah, he dealt for pronged…...Genius, pure Genius. Just ask him…he will tell ya.”

Signed Niedermayer. Traded for Beauchemin (and got rid of Fedorov’s contract). Signed Selanne (when everyone thought he was done). Hired Carlyle, the Cup winning coach.

So to say that he didn’t have a major impact on that team winning the Cup is foolish.

Posted by Chris M on 01/09/13 at 03:48 PM ET

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I can’t speak for redxblack, but I know a vast majority of the people here find the firing warranted, but the timing of it is very strange.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 01/09/13 at 02:41 PM ET

This is my thought too, Didn’t do a good job but fire him after no games for 9 Months & 10 days before the 1st one

Posted by Evilpens on 01/09/13 at 04:39 PM ET

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sort of sounds like Ray Shero VS Craig Patrick too

Posted by Evilpens on 01/09/13 at 04:40 PM ET

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And to give it to Nonis?  That’s the real head-scratcher given the timing.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 01/09/13 at 04:58 PM ET

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Signed Niedermayer. Traded for Beauchemin (and got rid of Fedorov’s contract). Signed Selanne (when everyone thought he was done). Hired Carlyle, the Cup winning coach.

He inherited a team that made the finals two season before.
Carlyle was good hire.

Neidermayer wanted to play with his brother.
Selanne signed for $1M (that’s $4.8M less than the previous season).

Burke deserves not even one iota of credit for either of those.  None.  Saying yes to one of the best defensemen of his generation and a great scorer who was offering himself at a HUGE discount literally doesn’t require the use of half a brain.

Posted by Garth on 01/09/13 at 04:59 PM ET

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I can’t speak for redxblack, but I know a vast majority of the people here find the firing warranted, but the timing of it is very strange.

Understood, it would have been better to fire him earlier.  Since they don’t posses a time machine, the best they could do (today) was to fire him today.  Hopefully any team that makes the mistake of hiring him in the future will see the wisdom in this move and fire him immediately.

Posted by Savage Henry on 01/09/13 at 07:50 PM ET

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At this point, I don’t know if Toronto has a chance to right the ship because their changes are far too dynamic all the time. New team, new coach, new pieces, new coach, new captain, new GM… All teams have the same dynamics, but the leafs have a special way of fuching up even something as seemingly straightforward as removing Burke.

I don’t disagree with the firing. I don’t think it will matter though. The only real net game is leafs fans will have to talk about the players, because for far too long the GM was the biggest personality in their franchise.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 01/09/13 at 11:17 PM ET

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PS - glad to finally have something NEARLY hockey related to discuss.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 01/09/13 at 11:18 PM ET

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but the timing of it is very strange.

The new owners took over in August, and I think it would be fairly awkward to fire him during the lockout, especially when he is involved.

Also, I bet that blowhard promised to start the season with two minor league goalies unless he could land a superstar for nine years for some spare parts.

Look at the money Lehtinen and Pavelec got….there are no goalies other than maybe Bernier.  And when does a top goalie fall in your lap?  I bet the bosses didn’t like Burkie’s truculence on this issue.

We’re getting Gardner.  Come on Nonis.

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 01/10/13 at 12:16 AM ET

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And when does a top goalie fall in your lap?

When he’s not a top goalie.

(There you go.  Save you the trouble.)

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 01/10/13 at 12:19 AM ET

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And finally, someone realizes Burke is by far the most overrated executive in the NHL, and maybe the most overrated front-office person in all of North American professional sports. The only real surprise is that of all teams/people, it was the Laffs that realized this first. Maybe they really are turning it around!

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 01/10/13 at 08:56 AM ET

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The Leafs didn’t realize it first.  There were twenty-six teams that had the sense not to hire him in the first place.

Posted by Savage Henry on 01/10/13 at 09:08 AM ET

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And finally, someone realizes Burke is by far the most overrated executive in the NHL

This.

THIS.

A THOUSAND TIMES THIS!

There were twenty-six teams that had the sense not to hire him in the first place.

Really?  I didn’t know there were 26 GM openings when Burke decided to go to the Leafs…  Mustn’t have been paying attention.

Posted by Garth on 01/10/13 at 11:07 AM ET

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