The Toronto Maple Leafs finally did something right! GM Brian Burke Fired!!!

English: Brian Burke, the current General Mana...

English: Brian Burke, the FORMERGeneral Manager and President of the Toronto Maple Leafs. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I made a pledge to not support the NHL or NHLPA this year in protest of another stupid, waste of time, work stoppage.  I even toyed with the idea of burning a hockey jersey a week until the league and it’s players came to their senses but apparently my wife told me I could get fined for burning a jersey in the middle of my street.

So when the lockout ended, I settled in for another mediocre season from the Toronto Maple Leafs who had no NHL calibre goaltender, no centre for Phil Kessel and still a lot of average players on a very sucky roster which looked more like Team USA than a team in Ontario.  I thought the dream of every Ontario boy was to wear the maple leaf on his chest?  I guess when you put out an inferior product for so many years the team becomes a winning team, and from the number of American players on the team, how many dreamed of playing for the blue and white?  My thoughts too.  Probably none.

So today, the Toronto Maple Leafs took a HUGE step in the right direction by firing GM Brian Burke.  Possibly with the pending trade for goalie Roberto Luongo, or after Burkie signed Ontarian Jay McClement (who?) to play centre, the teams board of directors had enough.

Under Burke’s watch, the Leaf’s accomplished this;

No playoffs since 2004.

No clean plan on how to get there – when the chance came to tank it for a high pick, they went on a winning streak.

Lots of promises – nothing to show for it.

Burke did land Dion Phaneuf in a seven-player deal with Calgary in 2010, who was the team’s captain but many speculate it was Burke who selected him as captain and not the players.

Leaf’s fans will shake their heads at Burke’s 2009 deal with Boston, when he acquired sniper Phil Kessel for two first-round draft picks and a second-round selection who turned out to be star forward Tyler Seguin, Dougie Hamilton and Jared Knight.

Burke let players go for nothing and his loyalty cost the team when he added an extra year to coach Ron Wilson’s contract just before he fired him and his love of dipping into his previous employer, the Ducks, for their players.

The biggest problem I had with Burke’s philosophy was his pledge to have a truculent team who were tough to play against and then he proceeded to stock the team full of skilled (on unskilled and not tough) players.  Once that team was shaped, he fired peace-loving coach Wilson and hired – you guessed it – former Ducks coach Randy Carlyle – who wants a team that is tough and will fight and hit.  Well Randy, that is not the team you have here, which leads me to believe he’s the wrong coach for this team.  Or, Burke was the wrong GM.

Here is the team Burke leaves for fans.  I have highlighted the number of American players because former GM Burke was also the GM of team USA and I think by bringing all the US players here was a poor choice.

Dave Nonis takes over as GM.  Like he did in Vancouver and in Anaheim after Burke was fired.

I might have to break my pledge now and watch some games because business just picked up!

 

Team USA, errr, Toronto Maple Leafs.

 

CENTERS
NO. NAME AGE HT WT SHOT BIRTH PLACE BIRTHDATE
Keith Aucoin 34 5-8 169 R Waltham, Massachusetts 11/6/78
42 Tyler Bozak 26 6-1 195 R Regina, Saskatchewan 3/19/86
32 Joe Colborne 22 6-5 216 L Calgary, Alberta 1/30/90
12 Tim Connolly 31 6-1 190 R Syracuse, New York 5/7/81
84 Mikhail Grabovski 28 5-11 183 L 1/31/84
43 Nazem Kadri 22 6-0 188 L London, Ontario 10/6/90
15 Matthew Lombardi 30 5-11 195 L Montreal, Quebec 3/18/82
11 Jay McClement 29 6-1 205 L Kingston, Ontario 3/2/83
20 David Steckel 30 6-5 218 L Westbend, Wisconsin 3/15/82
LEFT WINGS
NO. NAME AGE HT WT SHOT BIRTH PLACE BIRTHDATE
48 Ryan Hamilton 27 6-2 219 L Oshawa, Ontario 4/15/85
41 Nikolai Kulemin 26 6-1 225 L Magnitogorsk, USSR 7/14/86
16 Clarke MacArthur 27 6-0 191 L Lloydminster, Alberta 4/6/85
James van Riemsdyk 23 6-3 200 L Middletown, New Jersey 5/4/89
RIGHT WINGS
NO. NAME AGE HT WT SHOT BIRTH PLACE BIRTHDATE
37 Carter Ashton 21 6-3 215 L Winnipeg, Manitoba 4/1/91
18 Mike Brown 27 5-11 205 R Northbrook, Illinois 6/24/85
39 Matt Frattin 24 5-11 187 R Edmonton, Alberta 1/3/88
81 Phil Kessel 25 6-0 202 R Madison, Wisconsin 10/2/87
19 Joffrey Lupul 29 6-1 206 R Edmonton, Alberta 9/23/83
28 Colton Orr 30 6-3 222 R Winnipeg, Manitoba 3/3/82
DEFENSE
NO. NAME AGE HT WT SHOT BIRTH PLACE BIRTHDATE
4 Cody Franson 25 6-5 213 R Salmon Arm, British Columbia 8/8/87
Mark Fraser 26 6-3 220 L Ottawa, Ontario 9/29/86
51 Jake Gardiner 22 6-0 200 L Deephaven, Minnesota 7/4/90
36 Carl Gunnarsson 26 6-2 196 L Orebro, Sweden 11/9/86
55 Korbinian Holzer 24 6-3 205 R Munich, Germany 2/16/88
8 Mike Komisarek 30 6-4 243 R West Islip, New York 1/19/82
24 John-Michael Liles 32 5-10 185 L Zionsville, Indiana 11/25/80
3 Dion Phaneuf 27 6-3 214 L Edmonton, Alberta 4/10/85
Morgan Rielly 18 6-0 200 L Vancouver, British Columbia 3/9/94
GOALIES
NO. NAME AGE HT WT SHOT BIRTH PLACE BIRTHDATE
34 James Reimer 24 6-2 208 L Winnipeg, Manitoba 3/15/88
40 Jussi Rynnas 25 6-5 212 L Pori, Finland 5/22/87
30 Ben Scrivens 26 6-2 192 L Spruce Grove, Alberta 9/11/86

3 responses

  1. Wasn’t Khadri born in Lebanon? Or just his parents?
    Now how do we go about getting rid of Komisarek??? Please!!!

    Thanks for the list with shirt numbers. I have to start memorizing now!!! :)

  2. [...] The Toronto Maple Leafs finally did something right! GM Brian Burke Fired!!! (urbandaddy.wordpress.com) [...]

  3. Nellie V. Pruitt

    “It means we’re not getting the job done,” Lupul told reporters outside the team’s practice facility.

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