Steve Dangle
January 09 2013 04:45PM

Holy crap this is nuts!

I just made a video on Brian Burke getting replaced by Dave Nonis, what it could mean, what could be next, and some history.

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January 09 2013 03:48PM

Welly. Welly. Welly. If our old friends at Bodog didn't release the odds of winning the Stanley Cup now that the lockout has ended - a mere 145 months after it began. Good news in these parts up here in Edmonton, because it confirms something we already knew - The Oilers are awesome.

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Dave Nonis to replace Brian Burke as Leafs GM

Cam Charron
January 09 2013 12:10PM

via Maple Leafs on Instagram

Tom Anselmi was on-hand at the Air Canada Centre during a surprise press conference Wednesday afternoon that saw assistant general manager Dave Nonis introduced as the 14th general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Anselmi cited a "transition to new ownership, new leadership, new priorities" as a reason for the decision:

"Since the closing of the sale in August I've spent a lot of time working closely with our board as they evaluated our organization and its people and the long term direction of our teams. So part of that assessment involved taking a look at the Maple Leafs and out hockey organization. As a result of that, we've decided to make a leadership change and move into a direction in our General Manager role."

Brian Burke was relieved as president and general manager but will remain in the Leafs organization as a senior advisor to the club.

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Breaking: Brian Burke fired

Cam Charron
January 09 2013 11:10AM

Bombshell city:

Fairly surprising development in the hockey world today: Brian Burke, after four seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs and soon to start his fifth, was fired today, Bob MacKenzie of TSN was the first to report.

The firing takes place at an odd time in the life cycle of a sports team, at the end of the offseason rather than the beginning of it. Of course, several developments have taken place in the Maple Leafs' corporate structure since the beginning of the summer. Most importantly, the sale of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) closed on August 22, less than a month before the lockout began.

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Brian Burke fired by the Toronto Maple Leafs

Jonathan Willis
January 09 2013 10:54AM

So that just happened.

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