Burke: Yes to Nonis, again

TERRY KOSHAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:00 AM ET

After speaking of the need to bring more beef to the Maple Leafs, Brian Burke added more brains.

In one of the worst-kept secrets in Leafs land, David Nonis has been named senior vice-president of hockey operations.

A former Canucks GM, Nonis was most recently the Ducks' senior adviser under Burke. He also worked for Burke as Vancouver VP.

"To be able to add someone of this calibre is a major announcement for us," said Burke, hired as Leafs GM in late November.

Burke stressed that no members of the Leafs front office -- including assistant GM Jeff Jackson, special assistant Joe Nieuwendyk, consultant Cliff Fletcher or director of player personnel Al Coates -- need to worry about their jobs.

'ONE GUY NOT ENOUGH'

"It does not mean anyone is being relieved of their duties," said Burke. "We are adding a layer of expertise and a layer of experience."

"I don't think one guy has all the answers. One guy is not smart enough."

Burke and Nonis' working relationship goes back to their days in Vancouver. Burke was gone when Nonis pulled off a major trade for the Canucks, acquiring Roberto Luongo from the Panthers in 2006 for Todd Bertuzzi.

"This opportunity is not one that I take lightly and I am extremely excited about," Nonis said. "Brian and I don't necessarily see eye-to-eye on certain issues, and that is probably why we work so well together. But we think a lot alike on how this game should be played."

Nonis will have his fingers in all of the Leafs' off-ice pies, from contract negotiations to trades to salary-cap issues.


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