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UPDATE: Burke’s press conference is underway. Since he’s still on the payroll, he may keep things pretty conservative, but we shall see.

One quick update as Steve Simmons responded to the Burke comments directed to him.

Brian Burke will address the media today to discuss his dismissal as General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

We learned yesterday that Burke was “stunned” by the news, according to a report in the Toronto Star, but we will here from the man himself at noon, and will have as many quotes as possible from the presser.

In case you missed it earlier this week, here is a look back at the reaction to this massive news from editor Justin Bourne and the contributors to Backhand Shelf.

BREAKING: Brian Burke has been fired from his position as Leafs’ GM. [Justin Bourne]

Reaction from twitter after the news broke that Burke was fired [Jake Goldsbie]

With Burke gone, what about Carlyle, Kessel? [Justin Bourne]

A collection of news on the shake-up in Toronto [Justin Bourne]

Who left behind a bigger mess: Tyler Seguin or Brian Burke? [Daniel Wagner]

Backhand Shelf Podcast reacts to the Burke firing. [Justin Bourne]

Did Brian Burke deserve to be fired? [Jake Goldsbie]

Burke’s tenure defined by Kessel deal. [Cam Charron]

The best Burke soundbites during his time with Toronto (Video). [Justin Bourne]



(Richard Wolowicz, Getty Images)

Early Wednesday morning, we found out about a massive mess left behind in Switzerland by Tyler Seguin. It was an amusing little story about a 20-year-old kid unaccustomed to living on his own. It was quickly overshadowed by another mess, this time created by Tom Anselmi and Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, as they fired Brian Burke as the Maple Leafs General Manager.

The Leafs were a mess when Burke was hired and they’re a mess now. That’s not to say that Burke didn’t make some good moves as GM for the Leafs – he definitely did – but the overall results have remained the same, missing the playoffs in all four seasons of his tenure. it could even be argued that the Leafs have gotten worse, as their goal differential has been worse every season since 2007-08 before Burke took over. The Leafs won 36 games that season. They’ve only bettered that total once, winning 37 games in 2010-11.

So who left behind the bigger mess: Seguin or Burke?

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In defense of Brian Burke

Credit: Photoshop wizard Sean Keay

There are so many thoughts and emotions running through my brain right now that I’m not sure how to process them all so forgive me if this post is a little bit of a ramble.

Brian Burke is gone, the Leafs have been thrown into even more uncertainty than usual and they only have 10 days to get it figured out. By all accounts Dave Nonis will take over as interim GM and, justifiably so, questions will be asked about the timing, the reasons, and the circumstances that led to Burke’s dismissal. Now, there are rumours that Randy Carlyle is going to see himself fired as well adding even more uncertainty and a lack of stability to a team that was on anything but steady footing. All that is known for sure is that training camp opens on Saturday and there are only seven days after that to acclimate a new(ish) general manager and possibly a new coach to the harshest market in hockey. This will not go well. Any faint hope that Leafs fans held of making the playoffs in a shortened season, in putting together 48 games like last year’s first 48, have taken a serious hit. Stability in a team may be an overrated commodity but on a team like the Leafs that haven’t had anything resembling it for years, it can’t help.

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When the Toronto Maple Leafs and François Allaire recently parted ways, the Leafs former goalie coach was less than subtle about his feelings towards the situation.

“To be honest, I don’t think the Leafs need a goalie coach. I think they have enough of them. They have two or three guys who were making decisions with the goalies. In the NHL, that’s not the way it works. “If that’s the way they want to operate, then I’m not there.”

The tone of his message made it seem like he was leaving the Leafs, and I’m thinking that rubbed GM Brian Burke the wrong way.  Read the rest of this entry »