Truculent Brian Burke brought the Maple Leafs to life

Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke is seen early at the CONSOL Energy Center during the 2012 NHL...

Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke is seen early at the CONSOL Energy Center during the 2012 NHL Entry Draft in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania June 22, 2012. (ANDRE FORGET/QMI Agency)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:20 AM ET

Brian Burke is out as the general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs and it wasn’t supposed to end like this, a corporate hatchet job, coming out of nowhere.

You wonder why the suits are dark? So you can’t see them coming.

Somewhere in the corporate mosaic, somebody blue skied it and came up with a lighthouse strategy, opting for a shift in paradigm.


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