January 10, 2013
More than meets the eye with Maple Leafs' firing of Brian Burke
By STEVE BUFFERY, QMI Agency
TORONTO - So, we’re led to believe that Brian Burke was canned as GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs because the board decided — four days before the start of training camp — that it was time to make a move.
And that the move was made after the MLSE board spent months evaluating the long-term direction of the club. Please.
MLSE president and COO Tom Anselmi sat in the Air Canada Centre media room on Wednesday afternoon feeding that crap to the press like a trainer at Marineland tossing sardines to a herd of trained seals.
Anselmi is a nice man and an able administrator, but clearly something is going on behind the scenes in Leafs Land. The move, at this particular time, simply does not pass the smell test.
First off, it seems highly unlikely that Burke, a man with an ego to match his fiery temper, would accept the professional sports version of the Irving G. Thalberg Award: A senior advisory gig.