Brian Burke is now unemployed. Maybe he’s better off.
The Leafs canned Mr. Burke this morning, and because it happened so soon after the lockout ended, I suppose his bosses had been thinking about this for awhile. The news only broke a few minutes ago so all details will be coming later.
I started out not liking Burke, but after years, beginning when he was a television sports guy for awhile, I began to like him. And the interviews with him after his son passed away moved me and I found myself admiring him. I know a guy in town who charters fishing trips and he’s taken Burke out once or twice, when Burke was running the Canucks. My friend say Burke was relaxed, funny, and a real gentleman. I can believe that.
But then back in the hockey world, with the Leafs, I didn’t like him again. He doesn’t seem the friendliest type, he seems guarded and arrogant. And he raved about Mike Komisarek for awhile before he eventually clued in, and I couldn’t understand why he rated the ex-Hab so highly. I think he wanted to win very badly, and I think having a team like the Leafs must have drove him crazy. I remember the bewildered look on his face after the Leafs crashed and burned last year in the new year. They were going so well, and for some unknown hockey god reason, it all went south. Burke looked like he needed a stiff drink.
It’ll interesting to hear what the Leafs and Burke say about all this.