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  • Maple Leafs didnít win, missing playoffs in every season he was there.

    3 6.82%
  • Personality conflict with Leafs ownership.

    20 45.45%
  • New GM Dave Nonis seen as the real brains or better option for the team.

    2 4.55%
  • Burke wasnít willing pull trigger on a Roberto Luongo trade.

    19 43.18%
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    Heres the main specualtion. If you have another answer post it.

    Right from the Vancouver Sun
    Last edited by sparrowtrini; January 9, 2013 at 4:22 PM.

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    Interesting heres an excerpt from Toronto Star.

    http://www.thestar.com/sports/hockey...ed-an-era-ends

    The guess here is Burke was fired for one of two reasons.

    One, at least half of the new MLSE ownership team, Bell, was seemingly prepared to fire Burke during the summer. The boss there, George Cope, reportedly disliked Burke’s management style and brash public comments, and thought he was “bad for the brand.”

    Two, both Bell and Rogers are keen on a deal for Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo and Burke was resisting such a move. He said repeatedly of late that he was “90 per cent” certain he wanted to go with the combination of James Reimer and Ben Scrivens in net and had talked several times about his frustrations of dealing with Vancouver GM Mike Gillis, particularly since he wasn’t sure dealing for Luongo was the right move.

    Clearly, it wasn’t anything Burke had done lately because the lockout had prevented all NHL general managers from making any moves since Sept. 15th.

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    Can I vote for all four? Lol.

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    The only real morsel that we got from the Leafs press conference that Burke's 'style' did not mesh well with the ownership group. Remember new ownership took over in August and something happened since then until today that Burke overstayed his welcome, the status quo for him changed from that day on and he obviously was not going to get a 100% backing from the new owners. Funny that they kept him in an adversary role instead of making a clean break.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bondon View Post
    Can I vote for all four? Lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sparrowtrini View Post
    Interesting heres an excerpt from Toronto Star.

    http://www.thestar.com/sports/hockey...ed-an-era-ends
    OK, this was what I was trying to get at, lol!
    Last edited by lobo1969; January 9, 2013 at 4:41 PM.

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    The Luongo thing and the personality conflict kind of overlap IMO.
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    Unless Burke speaks out (which he likely won't while under contract), I guess we'll never know. The next couple of days and a possible acquisition of Luongo might be telling.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bondon View Post
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    Mark Spector has his take from a 'close source':

    http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/2013/...tm_source=Home Lineup RSS-Images&utm_medium=feed&utm_content=Spector on Leafs: Luongo affair cost Burke his job&shawct=1

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    Quote Originally Posted by lobo1969 View Post
    ...Funny that they kept him in an adversary role instead of making a clean break.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lobo1969 View Post
    The only real morsel that we got from the Leafs press conference that Burke's 'style' did not mesh well with the ownership group. Remember new ownership took over in August and something happened since then until today that Burke overstayed his welcome, the status quo for him changed from that day on and he obviously was not going to get a 100% backing from the new owners. Funny that they kept him in an adversary role instead of making a clean break.
    Very funny.

    They kept him on board so he will be less likely to run to the media and badmouth the owners immediately.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lobo1969 View Post
    Mark Spector has his take from a 'close source':

    http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/2013/...tm_source=Home Lineup RSS-Images&utm_medium=feed&utm_content=Spector on Leafs: Luongo affair cost Burke his job&shawct=1
    Comment from Harsh in the section below the article:


    Vancouver should fire Gillis and hire Burke. Not only is Burke a better GM, he knows exactly how much Toronto is willing to give for Luongo.



    Hahahaha brilliant.

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