Just confirmed by McKenzie on TSN... The timing is shocking but i assume that the new ownership didn't want to deal with Burke and the way he operate.
So bizarre - new ownership has been in place for months, nothing has been happening in the league operations wise, then 3 days before camp they fire him, on a team that has a huge number of holes to fill? Sounds like Leafville.
I thought they'd give him another year or two, honestly.
But then again, when you're finishing near the bottom of the conference for years, what's there to wait for?
Biggest problem for Burke: He came in with HUGE expectations and make promises on how the Leafs would rely on toughness and truculence to win but didn't deliver the goods. The Kessel trade didn't help either since Burke, at that point, decided to take the short road instead of the longer one which would have been the best option for Toronto.
i wonder if this firing is over roberto louongo? my read is that burke wouldnt deal with vancouver because of his 'ego' history with the team... ownership probably gave him an ultimatum to make the deal since everyone and their cow can see that its the right move to make...
personally i think burke is a pretty darn good gm. vancouver and anaheim werent overnight success but he created/developed the foundation of pretty good teams there. i like the bones hes laid down in toronto too.