Source: Leafs fire GM Burke just days before season expected to start

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Brian Burke, Toronto Maple Leafs president and general manger, is shown with P.E.I. Special Olympians, from left, Alyssa Chapman, Ellen MacNearney and Paul Phillips during the P.E.I. Special Olympics Festival dinner Wednesday night in Charlottetown. Chapman and MacNearney will be competing at the 2013 World Special Olympics Games in South Korea. Phillips was celebrating his 16th year as co-emcee for the dinner. Dr. Frank Hayden, founder of Special Olympics in Canada, was also a guest at the festival.

TORONTO — The Toronto Maple Leafs are making a stunning move just days before the regular season is expected to start.

A source tells The Canadian Press that general manager Brian Burke is out as general manager of the NHL team.

He held the position for just over four years.

The Maple Leafs have missed the playoffs in every season under his watch.

Toronto is coming off a disappointing 13th-place finish in the Eastern Conference.

Before joining the Maple Leafs, Burke previously served as GM of the Vancouver Canucks, Anaheim Ducks and Hartford Whalers.

Organizations: Toronto Maple Leafs, Canadian Press, NHL Vancouver Canucks Hartford Whalers

Geographic location: TORONTO

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  • dm
    January 10, 2013 - 00:28

    good now to fix all his mistakes get rid of any player he got and then some