Nonis is a sane, steady GM. Pretty much the polar opposite of Burke's brash, headline-grabbing style. He likes to build patiently through the draft and is extremely adverse to high risk moves. He also loves defense-first, well goaltended squads. This can result in something of a bland on-ice product.
Sounds like he's just your interim though. EDIT: Or not...
Really weird timing on this firing. I hope Burke gets another job. If nothing else he's incredibly entertaining.
Honestly, I had respect for Burke' for his goals and vision of what a hockey team should play like however, I'm convinced that his successes are largely due to Dave Nonis.
I would peg Burke's firing on a few key reasons. One is management of his buddy Ron Wilson. He should have been fired well before his one year extension instead of the fans firing him. Another reason is his self imposed rules and player bias over the organizational needs as a whole. There was no excuse for BB to not offer Stamkos an offer sheet for max money being in the position the franchise was in (as an example).
Nonis is asked about truculence: he responds saying that flipping players around is not easy and adding people like Colbourne, Lupul and Gardiner are difficult to add but they will try adding guys like them again and not to expect huge deals