Burke fired as GM of Maple Leafs

The Canadiens are slated to open the NHL season on Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Bell Centre against the Toronto Maple Leafs, who will have a new general manager after Brian Burke was officially fired during a 1:45 p.m. press conference Wednesday at the Air Canada Centre.

During the press conference, Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment president Tom Anselmi announced that Dave Nonis will take over as the 14th general manager of the Leafs and that Burke, who had also been team president, will remain with the club as a senior adviser. Nonis had been the Leafs’ senior vice-president of hockey operations.

Burke was GM of the Leafs for just over four years, during which time the team never made the playoffs. The Leafs finished in 13th place in the Eastern Conference last season, when Burke fired Ron Wilson as coach and hired Randy Carlyle to replace him.

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Postmedia News national columnist Cam Cole says that the Leafs’ next move should be getting goalie Roberto Luongo from the Canucks. Read his column by clicking here.

Here are some of the Tweets that were posted by media members when the news first broke about an hour before the press conference:

Pierre LeBrun of TSN/ESPN from New York: “Close GMs friends of Burke’s arriving here for BOG in NYC had no clue. They’re stunned.”

TSN’s Darren Dreger: “Timing of Burke dismissal very odd. He and all brass were at Marlies game last night in Hamilton. Truth will surface. Something fishy.”

Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: “I could be wrong, but I don’t believe the Burke firing has anything to with Luongo. I believe there are other issues at play here.” 

Ken Campbell of The Hockey News: “Biggest question. Overall, did Brian Burke leave the Leafs as an organization in worse shape than he got it? From this corner – absolutely.”

(Photo by Chris Young/The Canadian Press)


  1. HABZ24 says:

    Burke s m.o was to rebuild mostly thru trading.eg seguin for kessel, you cant trade away top future prospects for old vet buddys,thats old school,dinosaur hockey and he was about to do it again, hence the firing.


  2. Sportfan says:

    Wasn’t expecting that to happen before the season XD

  3. Ron says:

    New thread. Daves boy Cole

  4. DadidolizedDougHarvey says:

    Yet another Leaf saviour bites the dust…

  5. Phil C says:

    I guess Galchenyuk will only get a 6 game audition.


  6. Bripro says:

    Jim, thanks for the heads-up regarding Bettman’s public apology.
    For anyone who hasn’t seen it, here it is.

  7. Kooch7800 says:

    Dominique Moore is a Free agent

    “Keep your stick on the Ice”

  8. krob1000 says:

    After forgetting about Bettman’s press conference it finally occurred to me why the Leafs would make that announcement at this time! The PR guys are geniuses …or we are all idiots…maybe a bit of both..but hey at least I know am an idiot who totally preffered to spend the day thoeorizing over Burke than being ticked at the NHL.

  9. Phil C says:

    Why do the players need so long to ratify this deal? With electronic voting, couldn’t they get it done tonight? Let’s be honest, most of them won’t even read the MOU, it will just be “click” yes, then back to training camp and video games.

  10. aj says:

    Alot of ppl. here are excited (or NOT that enthusiastic!) about Brian Burke’s firing. Honestly, what I think should be fired is that Commissioner who just got off the press-con a moment ago saying “I AM SORRY” to all of us fans.

    I am more interested to see Gary Bettman’s job in trouble than for a disgruntled GM like Brian Burke who never had his work cut out for him after 4 years in the Laffs.

    Now with this Kovalchuck issue and other Russian players who seem to like the KHL, this last lockout caused more damage to the business and intl’ relations between Europe and North American Hockey markets.

    BTW, is Markov already here in Montreal? If not and he’s embracing Mama Russia w/ Love due to KHL fever, well that’s gonna be an issue for MB as well!

    • Habfan10912 says:

      aj, if there were any doubt about the influence Jeremy aka Jerry Jacobs had with Bettman,these negotiations and even this presser leaves no doubt.
      I would hope that revenue suffers to a point where the more moderate owners kick him out in the streets.


      • aj says:

        IMO, Bettman needs to resign of get fired! You’re right though, the less revenue, the higher the chances his day job could put a strain on him. Just watching him do the presser and answering questions w/ the media, he’s in a lot of pressure right now. He doesn’t even like answering the media nor do the press con at all just by his facial reaction.

        I can’t say good luck with Bettman cuz’ I’m sure everybody doesn’t like him at this point. His luck really just ran out of him.

    • Cal says:

      Stubbs tweeted yesterday that Markov is flying here on Thursday. He just became a Canadian citizen this year, too.

  11. habsfan0 says:

    When Chan Gailey was dismissed as coach of the Buffalo Bills,he said he’d still be cheering for them.

    I wonder if Burke will still be cheering for the Leafs?

  12. Saintpatrick33 says:

    Once I heard the news about Burke getting fired this came to mind.

  13. jols101 says:

    Now that the owners have ratified the CBA can GM’s start talking to agents about signing players and are they allowed to talk to each other to make trades? Do they have to wait till players ratify?

    • Ron says:

      Agents need the correct wording of the CBA to get deals done. They can have meetings Managers/Agents now but need the NHLPA signing of the new CBA before a formal contract can be done.

  14. Habs Proud says:

    But what will Mike Komisarek ever do without “Burkie”

    • Cardiac says:

      Collect the 4.5 million dollars plus still owed to him under his current contract and ride out into the sunset?

      “There’s genius everywhere, but until they turn pro, it’s like popcorn in the pan. Some pop… some don’t.”
      – Jerry Maguire

      • Bripro says:

        There is one Burke mistake that was totally unexpected, and I can understand how he missed it.
        He didn’t take into consideration the brilliance of K’s then-partner, Makov.

  15. Habfan10912 says:

    Jeremy Jacobs the spokesperson for the owners? Says it all.


  16. HardHabits says:

    What is Boston going to do now?

  17. CharlieHodgeFan says:

    Dang, Burke is gone! Rumour had it he was about to pull the trigger on a deal with the Habs, sending the Leafs first rounders from 2014 to 2018 here for Gomez.
    They fired him because he didn’t want to throw in Komisarek.

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