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Executive Vice President and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports Entertainment (MLSE), Tom Anselmi (right) welcomes the new general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Dave Nonis (left) after Brian Burke was fired earlier today.
It is with no surprise that the Toronto Maple Leafs fired general manager, Brian Burke when you consider the fact that the team have missed the playoffs throughout his tenure. What is surprising is the timing of the firing.
With about week to go before the shorten season starts, it is baffling to a lot of people that the Maple Leafs would make such a move, especially shortly after the lockout ended. ”There is no good time to do this,” Executive Vice President and CEO of Maple Sports Entertainment (MLSE), Tom Anselmi said in a press conference. He went on to say that the decision to fire Burke was based on a change of leadership.
Burke became the general manager on November 27, 2008.
During his time with the Leafs, Burke was Instrumental in acquiring players like Phil Kessel from the Boston Bruins and defenceman Dion Phaneuf (my favorite player and the captain of of the team) from the Calgary Flames. Unfortunately, it didn’t transpire into a playoff berth within those four years he was G.M.
This year, Burke would’ve been entering his fifth year of a six-year contract with the team.
During today’s press conference, Anselmi introduced Dave Nonis as the new general manager. As for Burke, he is not leaving the organization completely,though. He’s going to stay on in a senior advisory role.
Before the lockout, rumors were swirling around about the Leafs getting goaltender, Roberto Luongo from Vancouver. As a Leaf fan, I wouldn’t mind seeing Luongo in blue and white. The Leafs could use a top quality netminder between the pipes. However, even I know it’s a long shot. When asked at today’s press conference about Luongo, Nonis would not comment on the issue.
Nonis did say there are going to be some decisions about certain players in the Leafs roster. ”We have some work to do,” He said.
When asked if he had any contact with other general managers in the league, Nonis said he hadn’t. ”I have a hard time getting a hold of my wife,” he said.
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Luongo has been the subject of trade rumors for some time now, with Cory Schneider taking over as the Canucks’ No. 1 goaltender. The latest team to be linked to the three-time All-Star is the Leafs, who happened to fire general manager Brian Burke on Wednesday. But while Luongo has...
It’s been a slow past few months here at RobTheHockeyGuy, but we are BACK! Though the season isn’t scheduled to start until January 19th, we have actual hockey news to talk about! And none more interesting than the news out of Toronto today: Brian Burke has been fired by the Toronto Maple Leafs.
This is a Canucks blog, so I won’t spend too much time analyzing Burke’s failure...
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…And we’re back.
After staring into the abyss of a long cold winter with no hockey, we finally have something to live for again.
Canucks Hockey is here again, a mere eight months after the Los Angeles Kings lifted the Stanley Cup.
And now it gets interesting.
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By Tomy Ambrogio (@SNTonyAmbrogio)
Why was Brian Burke fired?
Plenty of reasons are out there, such as:
- He was reluctant to acquire Roberto Luongo in a trade with Vancouver, as Sportsnet has reported?
- The team has a large payroll, and have never been in the playoffs during Burke’s time as GM?
- The Phil Kessel trade haunts the Leafs and will continue to do so for years?...
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