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Maple Leafs Fire GM Brian Burke

2:03 PM, Jan 9, 2013   |    comments
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TORONTO (AP) - The Toronto Maple Leafs have fired general manager Brian Burke, with the NHL season set to resume this month following a tentative settlement ending the lockout.

The Maple Leafs have not made the playoffs since Burke took the job in 2008. Maple Leafs Sports executive Tom Anselmi said at a news conference Wednesday that assistant David Nonis will succeed Burke. Burke will stay as a senior adviser.

Toronto last played in the postseason in 2004 and hasn't won a Stanley Cup since 1967.

New corporate owners took over the Maple Leafs in August and Burke's brash style might not have been a smooth fit. Before joining Toronto Burke spent three-plus seasons with the Anaheim Ducks, leading them to a Stanley Cup title in 2007.

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