TORONTO - Is Brian Burke on the verge of returning to the National Hockey League in a meaningful way?
It seemed like that on Friday. It seemed less certain by Saturday.
The Dallas Stars are on the verge of firing general manager Joe Nieuwendyk and coach Glen Gulutzan and the GM opening appeared to fit Burke perfectly, especially considering his long-time friendship with club owner, Tom Gaglardi.
Dallas is a lost franchise, bordering on the insignificant, buried in a market behind the Cowboys, the contending Texas Rangers and the Mavericks, who were NBA champions not long ago. The Stars, from the outside, need a presence like Burke to invigorate the marketplace. The connection seemed natural. “I expect it to happen,” said an NHL general manager on Friday.