March 1, 2013
Brian Burke: 'Coaches have a shelf life'
By ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency
With his days as an official front-office NHL executive on hold, itís been quiet times for former Maple Leafs president and general manager Brian Burke.
The fiery Irishman has had little to say since being fired just prior to the season, but you canít keep a good quote down forever and Burke was in vintage form Friday morning in Boston.
Speaking on a panel at the MIT Sloan Analytics Conference, Burke was at his bombastic best, addressing several issues from his ill-fated tenure at the helm of the Leafs.
At various points, he took a run at newspaper coverage, sports talk radio, the dangers of placing too much stock in statistical analysis of the game and players and at the difficult fallout with Ron Wilson, his friend and former coach who he fired a year ago on Saturday.
The premise of the panel, entitled ďItís Not You, Itís MeĒ was to discuss disputes that happen between players, coaches and general managers.
Here are some of the highlights as reported by the official Twitter feed of the conference in which Burke was joined by, among others, former NFL executive Bill Polian and former NBA coach Stan Van Gundy: