Brian Burke has managed to keep a remarkably low profile since addressing the media a couple days after being ousted as president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs last month. It's not for a lack of interview requests, to be sure, especially with the roster he assembled having some early success while playing the style of hockey he loves.
But Burke has chosen to remain in the background and there's no reason to expect that to change any time soon.
However, he did quietly get back to work over the weekend by attending a couple American Hockey League games and is expected to be in attendance at the Air Canada Centre on Monday night when the Maple Leafs host the Philadelphia Flyers.
The recent scouting work is all said to fall under the duties Burke performs for USA Hockey, with whom he has enjoyed a longstanding relationship.
One issue that still needs to be worked out is what exactly Burke's advisory role with the Leafs organization will entail. He headed out of town shortly after being replaced by good friend Dave Nonis on Jan. 9 and has only recently returned. As a result, his job description is still to be determined, according to organizational sources.
Before this gets brought up, Couturier obviously played for Canada at the WJC, and has shown no interest in representing the US. However, if I am not mistaken he is still eligible to play for the US at the senior level.
Hnat Domenichelli playd for Canada both at the WJC and in the Spengler Cup. However, after getting Swiss citizenship, and having not played for Canada in an IIHF Senior event, he asked Bob Nicholson for a blessing to represent the Swiss and does so now