Posts Tagged Dave Nonis

Morning Rumors III: Ovechkin, Halak, Flames Free Agents, Maple Leafs and Torts

  • Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington: Alex Ovechkin on “which coach provided the best way to play”

    “I was not comfortable playing with [Dale] Hunter’s system and I’m comfortable with [Adam Oates’] system and I was comfortable with Bruce [Boudreau’s] system as well. Be honest with you, I don’t know if you can put something on the system right now. You have to put it on players. It doesn’t matter what system you’re going to play.”

    Ovechkin on if he wants to remain with the Capitals.

    “That’s why I signed [a 13-year, $124 million contract]. I feel comfortable, I love the fans, I love the city. This organization gave me a lot and I want to bring Cup here.”

  • Adam Vingan: Capitals Jaroslav Halak: ”I wouldn’t be against coming back.”
  • Kristen Odland of the Calgary Herald: Pending Flames UFA Mike Cammalleri.

    “I don’t have anything to report,” said Michael Cammalleri, one of the team’s biggest assets who could be on the market July 1 if a contract agreement isn’t reached. “I am far from having ruled Calgary out as my future.

    “It’s really, at this point, all there is to say about that as far as the organization’s gone and I think they have had the same approach with me.”

    Cammalleri may be interested in returning.

    “I’d still like to talk to Calgary and see where things are at moving forward a little bit,” he said “I really don’t know how I feel about (free agency).”

    The Flames and Chris Butler (UFA) have touched base about term and dollar value, but not a lot more.

    “It’s something I’ll think about, but it’s still a few months away,” Butler said of the July 1 free agent frenzy. “It’s kind of hard to think about right now after just playing (Sunday) and wearing that jersey for the last three years.

    “It’s not unsettling, but it’s a little unnerving and a little intriguing and something that’s kind of in the back of your mind.”

    Pending RFAs that may or may not be apart of the Flames future: T.J. Galiardi, Paul Byron, Joe Colborne, Lance Bouma, Chad Billins, and Mark Cundari.

  • Chris Johnston: Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis: ”We have to get better at all areas, scouting in particular. We’re not going to become a contender through free agency.”
  • James Mirtle: Maple Leafs Dave Bolland“For sure it was a tough year for me… A fluke injury gets the best of you.” “It’s Toronto, it’s my hometown. Love to come back.”
  • Mike Zeisberger: Maple Leafs Jake Gardiner on being a RFA: ”This is where I want to be.”
  • Rob Longley: Maple Leafs James Reimer on his future: ”will come down to a couple of circumstances.”
  • Ben Kuzma: Canucks coach John Tortorella: ”I may not be here, but you can’t say you want kids and depth. It takes time. We have a good core, need to surround it.”

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NHL Videos: Brendan Shanahan Press Conference

Tim Leiweke President and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment makes his opening statement.

Brendan Shanahan makes his opening remarks.

Brendan Shanahan talks on making positive impact on this hockey club.

Brendan Shanahan talks on bringing his leadership qualities to this club.

David Nonis talks briefly on decisions regarding the coaching staff.

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NHL Rumors I: Leafs, Jets, Panthers and A Bunch On The Capitals

  • TSN Insider Trading: Darrren Dreger: Don’t expect any decisions on Dave Nonis and/or Randy Carlyle to made in the near future.Dreger: Safe bet is that Paul Maurice will be back in Winnipeg next season.

    Pierre LeBrun: There haven’t been any talks between the Ted Leonsis and GM George McPhee. No decision has been made, but there could be a change in GM for them.

    The Panthers may look for a more experienced coach, and if Randy Carlyle is fired by the Leafs, he could be high on their list.

  • Pierre LeBrun of EPSN: LeBrun wonders if a KHL will try to lure Alex Ovechkin this summer or in the next few years. When asked about it, KHL president Alexander Medvedev said through a spokesman:

    “Per the terms of our memorandum of understanding with the NHL as it relates to respecting player contracts, Ovechkin would only be free to join a KHL club if he negotiates his way out of his existing contract with the Washington club. Should that situation come to pass, I have no doubt there are KHL clubs who would have interest in his services.”

  • Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington: (mailbag) Capitals owner will conduct a “comprehensive review” before deciding if he’ll extend GM George McPhee. Gormley doesn’t see the Capitals moving Alex Ovechkin. Can’t see Leonsis letting a GM trade Ovi, even if he’ll make $10 million until he’s 35. Gormley thinks Mike Green could be wearing a different jersey next season. The Capitals need to add a gritty top four defenseman this offseason. Do the Caps add someone like Brooks Orpik and play him with Green, or do they trade Green  in a package to get a better D? The blueline free agent market is thin: Andrei Markov, Andrew MacDonald and Matt Niskanen. Mikhail Grabovski is believed to be looking for $5 million a season. If the Caps could get him at around $4 million, they might consider it.

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NHL Rumors: Senators, Maple Leafs, Canucks, Capitals and Lightning

  • Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: Senators Clarke MacArthur still has a year left on his contract (2-years, $6.5 million), but is open to discussing a contract extension this summer.

    “If something works out for both sides, then yeah, that would work good,” he said after the morning skate. “If not, I’ve got one more year to play well and do what I can.”

    Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: Senators Bobby Ryan would consider talking about a long-term contract extension after July 1st. Ryan has one more year left on his deal.

    “I love it here,” said Ryan, one of five key Senators presently holding contracts that expire July 1, 2015. “We love it here, more importantly. It’s been a great change for us. When the time comes, if that’s what Bryan wants to go with, to sit down and have conversations, we’ll certainly do that.”

  • The Forth Period: Multiple sources saying MLSE CEO Tim Leiweke is contemplating several offseason moves. Both coach Randy Carlyle and GM Dave Nonis could be on the hotseat. Nikolai Kulemin is a pending UFA and a source is saying that Nazem Kadri is likely to be moved. Pending RFA defensemen Jake Gardiner and Cody Franson could be on the outs. The Leafs would like to re-sign Dave Bolland, but his $5 million asking price may be too high.
  • The Fourth Period: The Canucks are expect to revisit offseason trade talks involving Ryan Kesler and Alexander Edler. They will still look to upgrade their team.

    “We will try our hardest to spend to the cap providing it’s the right players and the right ages and the right positions,” Gillis said. “There’s not going to be a ton of free agents out there, but we’ve managed to do well in the first week of July in the past four or five years.”

    Contract talks with pending RFAs Zack Kassian and Christopher Tanev are expected to start once the season is over.

  • Jim Matheson of the Emonton Journal: Matheson wonders about the future of Alex Ovechkin in Washington. “Would Leonsis ever give the green light to trading Ovechkin, who turns 29 this fall?” Ovechkin is owed $10 million a year for the next seven years, and carries a $9.538 million salary cap hit. He’ll be 36 at the end of his contract.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”It would be a good guess that Bolland will test free agency. There have been no meaningful discussions at this point” … ”Bolland is an attractive player. It’s his decision: does he want term and money” … ”Nonis will be fair to Bolland. He’ll be prepared to offer 6 or 7 years but won’t talk about a salary that starts with a 5.”
  • Hope Smoke: Ray Ferrero: ”I don’t see ownership stomaching paying both Gillis & Torts to not be there and then pay their replacements too” … ”I’ve been told by various sources (some pretty good ones) that ownership was heavily involved in the Torts hiring”
  • Igor Eronko: Lightning prospect Andrei Vasilevsky was offered a one-year deal by Salavat Yulayev. His original plan was to join the Lightning.

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Morning Hits: Nonis, Folin, Grigorenko, Arcobello, Carlyle and Clarkson

  • Kid Ish: Darren Dreger: ”Nonis delivered word to owners that this was going to be a tough year, and next year as well.” … ”The message I’m getting from the boardroom is that they’re frustrated but everyone’s fine.” … ”The reality is this team is where management projected it would be at the start of the year.”
  • Minnesota Wild: The Wild have signed college UFA Christian FolinMichael Russo: GM Chuck Fletcher on Folin: ”Physically, you don’t normally have a young man coming out of college or jr that possess his physical attributes”
  • Kevin Oklobzija: Mikhail Grigorenko after his first AHL practice: ”It’s a good opportunity for me. I’ll show the new (#Sabres) GM (Tim Murray) and Ted Nolan I can maybe make the step to the NHL next season.”
  • Edmonton Oilers: Oilers sign Mark Arcobello to a one-year contract extension.
  • Hope Smoke: TSNs Ray Ferraro: ”Remember when Carlyle was hired the one thing we heard was how detailed he was and how he would drive his players nuts with detail” … ”There’s either an unwillingness from the players or they’re incapable of paying attention to detail in Toronto” … ”I don’t think there’s a belief in the systems from the guys in the room in Toronto” … ”You can preach as much as you want but if the guys refuse to do it, you’re in trouble”
  • Hope Smoke: Ray Ferraro: ”Does Lupul seem like a core player to you? Certainly not this year.”
  • Hope Smoke: Ray Ferraro: ”I don’t know what you do with Clarkson. Maybe they don’t have a choice and they have to bring him back.” … ”Eventually the salary doesn’t matter. He’s either helping or he’s not. The coach can’t keep putting Clarkson out there.”

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NHL Rumors: Clarkson, Leafs, Hemsky, Miller, Iginla, Greiss and Old Habs-Lightning Trade Rumor

  • Greg Brady: SportsNet’s Doug MacLean said yesterday morning on the Fan 590 that there will be serious discussions from the Maple Leafs about the possibility of buying out David Clarkson this summer for salary cap relief.
  • Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun: Five members of the Maple Leafs organization who are on the hot seat as playoffs slip away: 1. Dion Phaneuf 2. Randy Carlyle 3. Jonathan Bernier (not due to his play) 4. David Clarkson 5. Dave Nonis.
  • Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: The Senators haven’t started contract talks with pending UFA Ales Hemsky. GM Bryan Murray hasn’t said whether he plans on trying to re-sign Hemsky or not. Murray has been happy with Hemsky’s play since they acquired him.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”I would say the odds of Miller staying in St.Louis are reasonable to more than that.” … ”I’ve been led to believe that the term Miller is seeking as a UFA is much shorter than people would think.”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”Iginla is likely to stay in Boston. Chiarelli has reached out to Newport Sports.”
  • Sarah McLellan: Contract talks between the Coyotes and Thomas Greiss will resume once the season is over.
  • Hope Smoke: Jeff Marek on #MvsW again yesterday: “Montreal was going to send Price, Pacioretty & one of Subban or McDonagh to TB for Lecavalier”  … ”Reason deal didn’t go through is because a Montreal investor was interested in buying the Lightning & wanted Lecavalier on team.”

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Morning Rumors: Flames, Marchand, Buyer Beware, Buyout Candidates, Senators and Leafs

  • Kristen Odland of the Calgary Herald: Flames Brian Burke is saying again that he doesn’t want to be their GM.

    “If anyone thinks I want to be the GM, then I should be in begging for the job,” he said Thursday from his home in Toronto where he made a stop amid the team’s five-game road trip to attend his daughter’s Christmas concert. “I should be in (owner) Murray (Edward)’s office or (president) Ken King’s office, saying ‘I want to be the GM.’ I don’t. I’m conducting the search.”

    The Flames have received permission to speak with potential candidate, and have had some talks with other teams. Burke’s shortlist has three to six names. Interviews may not start for a month and could take until the summer.

  • Boston Bruins: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli: ”Let me be clear on Marchy…I’m not trading Marchy, he’s a good player, I like the way he plays.”
  • Tim Seppa on ESPN: Buyer beware candidates on the trade market: Martin Erat – aging forward and a potential distraction. Shawn Matthias – underachieving and lack of consistency. Drew Stafford – not worth the price tag ($4 million cap hit) and has low defensive value. Eric Cole – his age and which Cole will you get? Zack Kassian – inconsistent effort, poor judgement and a limited ceiling. Jack Johnson – overrated and a poor possession player. Tim Thomas – availability and upside have taken a bit of hit due to his age. Justin Peters – he’s not really as good as he looks right now.
  • Neil Greenberg of ESPN: 10 potential buyout candidates for 2014: Ville Leino, Tuomo Ruutu, Anton Volchenkov, Paul Gaustad, Martin Havlat, Erik Cole, Mikael Samuelsson and R.J. Umberger.
  • Ken Warren: Even the Senators players know some changes could be coming.

    “Change is inevitable when things like this happen,” Ryan said before Thursday’s game. “I wouldn’t be surprised if something happened. And guys wouldn’t be surprised in the room, right? I think guys would understand that’s the way the game goes if you’re not performing.”

    A short-term fix could be to acquire an experience, reliable defenseman. Someone like Coyotes Rostislav Klesla could be an option. His $2.9 million is an issue though. May only cost them a third or fourth liner, or a bottom end defenseman. Erik Condra, Colin Greening and Eric Gryba’s names have been mentioned when looking at Michael Del Zotto. Warren wonders about trading Jason Spezza to a Western Conference team. Spezza will make $7 million next year, the last year of his seven year deal. Someone may offer up a first round pick, allowing them to recoup a first since they sent theirs to the Ducks in the Bobby Ryan trade. Spezza has a no-trade clause.

  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”At some point some team will find that magic formula and Gardiner will be part of a trade package.”
  • Hope Smoke: Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis: ”You add players to your core all the time. We have no players with no-trade clauses and we’d be comfortable moving anyone.” … ”Gardiner has god given ability that you don’t want to take away from him. needs to be more consistent. Jake & Morgan are our future”
  • Hope Smoke: Leafs GM Nonis: ”There is a lot of trade talk. There has not been a significant trade this year due to the cap.” … ”There are a lot of guys willing to make deals with you but they’re for things that won’t help you” … ”The most difficult part is that you are trying to make moves for dollar in for dollar out.”
  • Hope Smoke: Leafs GM Nonis: ”We’ve got players that are UFA and we’ll look to talk to them before their contracts expire.”
  • Hope Smoke: Leafs GM Nonis: ”I have no interest in trading JVR for a centre.”
  • Dennis Bernstein: Senators GM Bryan Murray is working hard to make a deal, looking to make a significant one.

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Morning Hits: Kessel, Phaneuf, Vanek, Luongo’s new and old agents speak and 10 years left for MSG

  • Stephen Whyno: Leafs GM Dave Nonis on if he’d consider contract extensions for Phil Kessel and Dion Phaneuf this summer: ”It’s not on the front burner right now.”
  • Kevin Snow of Thomas Vanek expects to be with the Sabres at training camp.

    “As of right now, yeah. I haven’t heard anything differently. I’m preparing myself like I’m going back to Buffalo, so that’s what I’m doing.

    “I’m not flattered by (trade speculation) by any means. I’ve enjoyed my time in Buffalo and I’m looking forward to going back. In this business you can’t look into that stuff, read the internet or look at the papers too much. If something happens, I’m sure my agent or the GM in Buffalo will call me and tell me where I’m going.”

  • TSN: Roberto Luongo’s new agent, Pat Brisson:

    “Roberto has a contract and is preparing to be at training camp.”

    Brisson and CCA partner J.P. Barry still plan on talking with Canucks GM Mike Gillis an assistant Laurence Gilman next week.

  • Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail: Luongo’s former agent Gilles Lupien

    “I played on a team [Montreal] with nine Hockey Hall of Famers,” he says. “I’ve never seen a star treated like that. I think personally he’s been treated like a piece of paper, a fourth-line player.”

    Lupien to Luongo when the Canucks were trying to trade him.

    “Every team knows your contract,” Lupien told Luongo. “It’s not your contract that’s the problem – it’s what they’re asking for.”

  • Charles Bagli of the NY Times: New York City Council voted 47 to 1 to extend MSG’s operating permit for only 10 years. Meaning the Rangers will need to find a new home.

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More behind the Burke firing … Leafs still after Luongo … Flyers involved in a 3 way trade with Leafs getting Luongo

  • Tim Wharnsby via twitter: Brian Burke was fired because he couldn’t get along with the new members of the MLSE board.
  • Tim Wharnsby of CBC: Burke and some new members of the board did not see eye-to-eye. Burke did not react kindly to some free hockey related advice he was getting from some new members. After several meetings with him, they decided it was time to part ways.

    The official word from Anselmi was the new ownership group wanted new leadership. But again, the new set of directors didn’t need seven months to determine they wanted new leadership. They simply learned over this time they needed somebody willing to work with them.

    It was not, as some speculated, a difference in opinion in whether the Maple Leafs should make a serious pitch for Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo.

    Burke wanted to make a trade for Luongo.

  • James Mirtle via twitter: Reliable source said that Burke’s firing had nothing to do with his personal issues, although they are there.
  • James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail: Within days of the meeting Burke for the first time, the new board members had already began formulating a list of possible replacements.

    According to a source in the room, Mr. Burke offered few solid answers for why the losses on the ice kept piling up. Nor did he explain why his four-year rebuilding effort had failed to solve two key issues for the hockey team: finding a first-line centre and stabilizing the Leafs’ goaltending situation.

    Executives of BCE and Rogers Communications, who together control 75 per cent of the sports franchise, found Mr. Burke defensive and brusque – difficult to work with, the source said.

    A source on BCE and Rogers board members almost immediate dislike for Burke’s outspokenness:

    “New ownership didn’t like him,” the source said. “Fundamentally, they wanted a GM who would listen – for better or worse. They said they want a corporate guy and fired a Harvard lawyer.”

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Garrioch believes that new Leafs GM Dave Nonis will make the call to Canucks GM Mike Gillis. It could take Tyler Bozak, Nazem Kadri and a 2nd round pick, or some variance of that to get Roberto Luongo. Garrioch notes that that Burke was afraid to pull the trigger on the deal, and he wouldn’t be surprised if Nonis pulled the trigger on this quickly.
  • Jimmy Murphy via twitter: A reliable source said that prior to the Burke firing, the Flyers would be the 3rd team in a 3-way trade that would land Luongo in Toronto.
  • Chris Botta via twitter: Canucks GM Mike Gillis said that Brian Burke’s firing doesn’t change the Roberto Luongo story.

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Flyers interested in Luongo … Burke was close on Luongo deal … Luongo tweet

  • James Duthie via twitter: Despite some denials, Ciccone’s tweet is accurate. This doesn’t mean they will get him or make an offer, but they have inquired. They could buyout Ilya Bryzgalov in June.
  • Adrian Dater via twitter: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren is going after Luongo big time. They will buyout Bryzgalov next year.
  • Frank Seravalli via twitter: Holmgren on the Luongo rumors: ”That made me chuckle. Safe to say they aren’t true. They have no basis or merit.”
  • Adrian Dater via Sulia: The Flyers thought process as of last night is, to trade for Luongo then:

    1. Secretly hope that Ilya Bryzgalov retires to the KHL right away.
    2. But with his huge contract making that about a 1% chance of happening…
    3. Just barely sneak Luongo’s $5.3 million cap hit under the cap level of $70.2 million for this season, and go with a goalie tandem for this short season of Luongo-Bryzgalov. This assumes that Chris Pronger’s nearly $5 million cap hit comes off the books this year, because of LTI relief. (Long Term Injury).
    4. If they don’t win a Stanley Cup with that tandem they…
    5. Buy out one of the two contractually. That leaves the other standing as the No. 1 guy, and then they can worry more about getting under the $64.3 million cap for next year.

    The fact is, the Flyers regret the Bryzgalov signing. He was brutal most of last year, regular season and playoffs. They are curious as to what it would take to trade for Luongo.

  • Adrian Dater via twitter: The Canucks would like to get Nicklas Grossman in a Luongo trade, but it’s unclear if the Flyers would go that far. If the Canucks can’t get Grossman, may ask for Luke Schenn.
  • Dan Rosen via twitter: No matter who is trying to trade for Luongo, the Canucks won’t give him away, and Gillis will want fair value for him. It won’t be a major haul, but a good prospect and a decent draft pick seems fair.
  • Craig Custance via twitter: Canucks GM Mike Gillis said he hasn’t talked to Nonis about a Roberto Luongo deal: ”Not allowed to talk about trades until this deal is done. It’s not done.”
  • Darren Dreger via twitter: Burke wanted Luongo bad and Nonis will push for him as well. The Canucks insist there are other teams interested. The Canucks want to get quality return for Luongo, and can still see him working out well with Schneider in a shortened season if the right deal isn’t there. Staying in Vancouver isn’t the first choice for Luongo, both are professionals, and Luongo won’t go a city that isn’t right for his family.
  • James Mirtle via twitter: Mirtle was told that even with Burke, the Maple Leafs and Canucks were close on a deal. Burke thought the asking price was too high and was playing the waiting game.

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Videos: Part of Nonis press conference, Timing in Question, Tanenbaum, Lupul and Armstrong

*** I’ll post the complete press conference when I can find it ***

Maple Leafs fire Brian Burke and make Nonis new GM [Raw Video]

Hockey Central: Timing of Burke firing in question.

Burke firing emotional for Tanenbaum.

Lupul: Not a good feeling for players

Colby Armstrong’s perspective.

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Maple Leafs fire Brian Burke and name Dave Nonis GM

Dave Nonis is named the 14th general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Burke will be staying with the Maple Leafs in a senior advisor role.

3:41 PM:

  • Darren Dreger via twitter: Dreger was told that Burke was absolutely shocked by the news. Said via text that he can’t talk at this point.
  • Damien Cox of the Toronto Star: “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.”
  • Alex Seixeiro via twitter: “Bob McCown on #Sportsnet: Burke didn’t want to deal Kadri & Gardiner for Luongo. Felt it wasn’t the right deal to make. #Leafs #MapleLeafs”

2:50 PM:

  • Damien Cox via twitter: “Bell/Rogers clearly not comfortable with Burke. Bell, in particular, believed his style was “bad for the brand.”
  • Damien Cox via twitter: “Nonis will ABSOLUTELY make a strong push to get Roberto Luongo from Vancouver. Take that to the bank.”

2:00 PM:

  • Katie Strang via twitter: “Toronto’s Larry Tannenbaum when asked about Burke: “This was a decision of the board.”"
  • David Pagnotta via twitter: “Last season, Burke turned down trading Grabovski to Chicago for a 1st & prospect, and rejected a 1st RD pick for MacArthur from another team”

1:45 PM:

  • Pierre LeBrun via twitter: “One NHL team executive believes Burke’s reluctance to move on Luongo cost him but I think there’s more to it than that…”
  • Jason Brough via twitter: “Burke: Didn’t address goaltending. Never landed a top center. Poor free-agent signings. Still not very tough. No playoffs. So…yeah.”
  • Brian Huddle via twitter: “I also can’t see a new GM wanting the Kessel trade hanging over him, and almost wonder if he’ll be moved.”

1:15 PM:

  • David Pagnotta via twitter: “Was told in June new Leafs ownership was not going to renew Burke once contract expires, once they took over. Surprised happened now”
  • Bruce Garrioch via twitter: “The reality is Brian Burke should have been fired before he was allowed to hire Randy Carlyle.”
  • Steve Simmons via twitter: “I could be wrong, but I don’t believe the Burke firing has anything to with Luongo. I believe there are other issues at play here.”

1:05 PM:

  • Mark Spector via twitter: “Sounds like Burke did NOT want to make Luongo deal, while many in Leafs org did. Burke a principled man.”

12:55 PM:

  • Ian Mendes via twitter: “The timing of the Brian Burke firing is absolutely stunning to me — unless his contract stipulated he could not be fired during a lockout.”
  • Nick Kypreos via twitter: “#NHL news: Source saying #Canucks Luongo still very much in the hunt to become a #Leaf despite GM Burke relieved of his duties. “
  • Eric Francis via twitter: “Speculation is it’s Luongo related but that’s hard to fathom, unless it was the tipping point of a power struggle. Against who is question “

12:40 PM:

  • Greg Brady via twitter: ”I realize this is VERY speculative, but told by a source Randy Carlyle is “not exactly safe”. I trust this source impeccably. Wow.”
  • James Mirtle via twitter: “Several people around league told me during lockout they didn’t think Burke would last the season. Didn’t fully believe it…”
  • Brian Huddle via twitter: “You let the guy sign McClement, draft Rielly, hire Carlyle and trade for JVR, and THEN fire him? #gongshow”

12:30 PM:

  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: “Toronto Maple Leafs have apparently fired Brian Burke as general manager. Working on official confirmations.”
  • Dan Tencer via twitter: “This move could have been made during the lockout to allow a new body to become familiar with players, contracts etc. Timing seems absurd.”
  • Glenn Schiiler via twitter: “Wonder if Burke told the board “Sorry I don’t think Luongo is going to happen.” Then the board said “OK..goodbye then!”Nonis to get it done?”

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