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Toronto fires Brian Burke

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He must not have displayed the proper levels of "pugnacity, testosterone, truculence, and belligerence"

My guess is, Burke wanted to do one thing with the team, the owners wanted to do something else, he told them to f**k off, and then they fired him.

Maybe he can get work writing storyboards for Cherry's Coaches Corner.

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Burke is and always has been overrated. You could just see this day coming the moment he signed in Toronto, and even moreso when he started making his trademark bonehead moves. Not to mention he's always so bitter and angry over everything, and is a total ******, so firing him can't be that hard a task for whoever has to do it lol. The guy practically asks for termination.

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What's shocking about this, besides the timing, is how badly the majority of Leafs fans are taking this. I honestly think the move is an improvement for them, but the timing is WAY off.

Leafs fans are hoping Nonis takes over.

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He's overrated, and there was no excuse for the Leafs to continue being that bad. The guy was paid a huge amount for his services, and five seasons saw the team not make the playoffs once. As a result, they are the single organization to have not made the playoffs since the lockout. He's fortunate that he wasn't canned years ago.

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The only reason that this is surprising, is that it's actually a move for the good of the franchise and it was made on time.

I honestly gotta disagree...JFJ was much worse than Burke...Burke's fault was that he wasn't able to correct a decades' worth of mismanagement (mind you MLSE is messed up from the top on down) in the time he was there.

The 1st half of last season the Leafs were playoff bound; too bad the 2nd half was crap rolling downhill :lol:

Hopefully not Jim Nill. ;)

I'm thinking the same; there's a good chance he could be on his way to T.O.

What other "decent" GMs are available?

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HAHAHAHA THIS IS LIKE CHRISTMAS!!!!

I can only imagine what brought this on....the Luongo stuff, or kissing Bettman's ass during the CBA meetings.

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He's overrated, and there was no excuse for the Leafs to continue being that bad. The guy was paid a huge amount for his services, and five seasons saw the team not make the playoffs once. As a result, they are the single organization to have not made the playoffs since the lockout. He's fortunate that he wasn't canned years ago.

Overrated...Maybe...But honestly I'd say JFJ screwed the Leafs more so than Burke...Burke had to start by cleaning up the mess that was left behind which was pretty significant.

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Burke made stupid moves. Giving up way too much for Kesler, sending away Versteeg for a handfull of magic beans and the Paradis/Trlusty trade was a joke. Rutherford fleeced Burke, like c'mon. Not to mention the Exelby/Kubina deal was laughable and the Tyler Biggs fiasco had to have Leafs fans pulling out their hair. You make something like 40 deals in half a decade and it starts to lool like you're shuffling deck chairs to look like you're doing something. Likely to disguise the fact you can't draft or build a team and never could. He built his rep on the Sedin deal just like another overrated GM built his rep on handing Patrick Roy a pen when he went to Colorado.

He just seems to be a schmoozer behind the scenes. Make friends, get them on your side, and you'll have hockey people talking you up in spite of your poor management skills. After every stupid move, other schmoozer types like Dreger and the like always compliment him and it always comes off so buddy-buddy.

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McKenzie's reporting that Dave Nonis is their choice for GM, though it's still unclear if that's "interim" or "permanent".

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

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Buzz is that Burke will take over for Bettman when he steps down. HAHAHA please no God no...

And yet, it would still be a massive improvement :lol:

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