Burke gives two colleagues earful
CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency
BOCA RATON, Fla. -- The topic was player safety, but it sounded like general manager safety might have been a passing concern Tuesday.
Toronto Maple Leafs president and general manager Brian Burke took on counterparts Ray Shero of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Pierre Gauthier of the Montreal Canadiens after their respective owners voiced strong criticism of the NHL in recent days.
Burke basically told Shero and Gauthier that Penguins owner Mario Lemieux and Canadiens owner Geoff Molson should have kept their opinions in house.
In a scrum after the general managers had finished their breakout meetings Tuesday, Burke told the media he had the support of several colleagues with his comments.
As you might expect, the answer to Burke's criticism was the owners could say what they wanted to say.
"It was typical Brian Burke. It had no impact but it was entertaining," Burke said, poking fun at himself.
Senators owner Eugene Melnyk also sounded off on headshots Tuesday.
Next, Burke versus Senators general manager Bryan Murray?
Who ya got?