Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 01/10/13 at 12:12 PM ET
from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,
So, here's a question: how many times do you see a GM on a run of regular-season disappointment get fired -- but the rest of his staff survive untouched?
It doesn't happen. You get an interim replacement or a complete Mr. Clean-style changeover. And that's the proof that whatever happened with Brian Burke was personal. Whether on-ice or the boardroom, someone importantdidn't want him around.
There is no question Burke was in trouble. While Burke has supporters for the work he's done with the team's prospect base, another season without a playoff performance probably meant the end. But this move was a total stunner, coming hours before the NHL ratified its new CBA with the players.
Other governors were shocked. The NHL's meeting was loaded with people who make the kinds of decisions Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment did Wednesday morning.
"You never do it on a lark," one said.
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