Brian Burke Fired as Leafs GM, kept on as advisor; Nonis promoted
Sources say no recent incident led to Burke's firing.New ownership did not like his "style".
— james duthie (@tsnjamesduthie) January 9, 2013
A Quick and Dirty Look at the new CBA and How It Affects the Leafs (All that Matters)
What World Juniors? The Marlies played, who cares? We’ve got NHL hockey back!
Right or wrong, that’s the attitude that is prevalent again, and while I enjoyed going to WHL games, getting up at 2am to watch prospects, and streaming Marlies games online, I am thrilled that we'll get see the game played at its highest level this winter.
The coming weekend and half will likely see a whole summer’s worth of previews, speculation, and training camp analysis crammed in to it (personally I can’t wait to see the schedule, and plan a trip to Toronto), but I’ll get us started off with what we can expect for the Leafs out of the new CBA in the short and long term. [more…]
It's been too long since the last Brian Burke interview. [more…]
Brian Burke on Hockey Central - 2012/11/14 Interview: the Maple Leafs GM and President Brian Burke joined Hockey Central at noon to discuss the Marlies season so far and a few other odds and ends. [more…]
Part 2 of Brian Burke's interview with TVO.
It's a collective message from prominent NHL players: "If you can play, you can play." Homophobia has no place in Canada's game.
The You Can Play project was created to honour the memory of Brendan Burke. His father, Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke, sits down with Piya Chattopadhyay to tell us how professional sports can move beyond the concept of a "gay athlete," to simply an "athlete."
Brian Burke and Bob McCown dance a dance about unnamed goalies with long term contracts *cough*, unproven, but equally highly regarded young goalies playing behind established staters *cough* and older goalies that played well in defensively stiff teams *cough*.
As always, a good interview with Burke. [more…]
A fairly big portion of Leafs Nation is freaking out about Burke doing â€œnothingâ€ in free agency. First of all, this is an insult to Jay McClement and Mike Kostka because I donâ€™t think they consider themselves â€“ nothing.
Then thereâ€™s the notion that we should have overspent on players like Brandon Prust, Jordin Tootoo etc. because nothing will solve our team needs more than overpaid fourth liners. Leafsâ€™ biggest needs are goaltending and top six talent (preferably size and skill at the C position) so naturally they fit the bill. The amount of sheer irrationality is staggering.
I want to make something perfectly clear, simply because this writer doesnâ€™t realize how itâ€™s not perfectly clear already. Weâ€™re at the beginning of hockeyâ€™s summer and the Leafs roster looks like it needs re-tooling/is set up to be re-tooled.
Brian Burke gets asked if he would like to triangle choke Steve Simmons and more in this interview for News 95.7. The interview starts at the 9:00 mark and ends at the 29:00 mark Full audio here.
Brian Burke spoke to reporters out East at the P.E.I. Special Olympics Festival Luncheon on Wednesday.
â€œWith the salary cap and the new collective bargaining agreement thatâ€™s coming up, I donâ€™t know what our plans are for filling out our roster,â€ Burke told the large gathering at Credit Union Place.
â€œFree agency starts on July 1, itâ€™s a really thin group.
â€œTeams are locking all these quality players up now, so the group that is getting to the market is thin, itâ€™s shallow. There are really two high-end players and thatâ€™s about it, (Nashville defenceman) Ryan Suter and (New Jersey forward) Zach Parise.
â€œI donâ€™t think we are going to be in on either one of them.â€
"There's a chance we make a positional pick here but I don't think so."
Sounds like Burke will be sticking with the best-athlete available-philosophy and, as reported earlier, the Leafs GM says there's a "good chance" it's a defenceman based on his reading of the first four picks. Of course, the reading could be different than what plays out or a trade could impact the order.
Both Burke and Dave Nonis were quite clear about just how little is going on with trade activity at the moment.
After the jump is Dave Nonis' interview from yesterday and today's Leafs Nation Google+ live chat with Dallas Eakins. Be sure to look out for MLHS' own Mislav Jantoljak, who asks Dallas a few questions. [more…]
From Paul Hendrick:
Brian burke tells me that there's a good chance they'll pick a defenceman at 5th overall. Little movement possibility as of now.#tmltalk