In a shocking turn of events today, the Toronto Maple Leafs have fired President and GM Brian Burke and have replaced him with his right hand man, Dave Nonis. Burke will remain with the Maple Leafs. More inside.
Just a mere 10 days before the start of a season is probably not the best time to fire your General Manager, especially not when the season is only a 48 game season however, that’s exactly what the Toronto Maple Leas did today.
Brian Burke who had been President and General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs since 2008 when he assumed the role with the team has been fired from his position. Burke will remain on in a Senior Advisor role.
Replacing Burke will be the man who replaced him after he was let go as GM of the Vancouver Canucks, Dave Nonis. Nonis most recently served as Burke’s assistant and has been a valuable asset for the team over the past few years.
Leafs winger Mike Brown was just as shocked as everyone else in the hockey world.
“A lot of things are happening pretty quickly. It’s definitely weird timing,” Brown said of the news. “I wish him the best and thank him for everything.”
Joffrey Lupul put the blame squarely on the players on the ice.
“We didn’t get the job done last year and now he’s paying the price. Obviously it doesn’t feel good for any of us,” said Lupul.
With 10 days until the expected start of the regular season, it will certainly be interesting to see what the Leafs do next.