Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Brian Burke can't wait to get out of Anaheim


Now THIS is interesting. The Anaheim Ducks have called a press conference for 3:30 p.m. ET today, and apparently Brian Burke is expected to announce his resignation. From the National Post:

Brian Burke's path to Toronto might be a little clearer.

As first reported by Fan 590 reporter Howard Berger, the Anaheim Ducks general manager is in the process of resigning from his position with the team. The Ducks have a news conference scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET Wednesday.

According to one report, Burke is expected to remain as a consultant through the end of the season, with Ducks senior vice president Bob Murray taking over as general manager.
We'll check back in on this after the newser, but yeah. The "consultant" thing is the right move, as everyone and their cat knows Burke has Leafs on the brain and likely checked out completely. Wonder how Ducks fans feel about their GM's abandonment?

6 comments:

Lord Bob said...

I think the real reason Burke "has left" is the fact that the Ducks caught wind of his proposed Pronger and Giguere for Jeff Finger deal just in time.

Earl Sleek said...

Wonder how Ducks fans feel about their GM's abandonment?

It's definitely a mixed bag for me. I'll miss the loud-mouthed guy who never met a topic he wouldn't offer his unabashed view of, but on the other hand, I'm looking forward to having a GM who might actually sign a European player not named Selanne, Pahlsson, or Hiller.

Abandonment isn't that bad, really, because there's not much a GM has to do in Anaheim the rest of this year. I guess just promote Bobby Ryan when there's salary room and go through some motions with Sundin. Whether it's Burke or another guy making minimal moves, I don't think it matters very much at this point.

Sean said...

Congratulations, Chris! on keeping CinO alive.

It's going to be pretty hilarious once Leaf fans realize that this blowhard isn't the savior they all think he is. How many years do you think they'll give him before that happens? I almost hope he becomes the GM before Thursday's game, to make it interesting.

Kirk said...

Burke's record speaks for itself...looks like it'll be another 40 years before the Leafs win the cup.

amw said...

Burke to the Leafs would unite my two greatest hatreds in hockey...

(I feel obligated to point out that it has been 41 years.)

TSN, aka Leaf TV 2, will be in their glory. In depth features on Burke's move back east. A weekly -- no daily! -- in-studio segment. And, will Mats come back now that Brian's here? That alone is worth several hours of coverage...

Fortunately tonight's game is on Sportsnet...

spOILer said...

What's the National Post? Is that something us out here in the West should know about?