Mirtle emailed me to let me know that the Ducks have an important announcement relating to Brian Burke today.
Hopefully he doesn't come to Toronto.
2pm Update: As per TSN, Bob Murray will be taking over as GM of the Ducks. What does this mean for the Leafs? No one is sure yet.
2:10pm Update: As per Wikipedia, this is now official.
2:15pm Update: Earl Sleek chimes in:
I'll have a proper good-bye for the guy at some point, but for now, welcome to the new Ducks' GM, Bob Murray. Sleek = Stunned.
2:26pm Update: MF37 has the roundup on Brian Burke's bonafides while he and David Johnson wondered during the heady days before Bob Murray how the Toronto media would have treated their anointed rainmaker if he made some of the moves he made in Anaheim. And maybe not all of the guys that predicted it (if it actually happens) are dummies. Just kidding, Proteau still doesn't know what he's talking about.
2:44pm Update: From Dr. Mirtle:
He's coming to Toronto guys -- he wouldn't step down with nowhere to go
3:02pm Update: So it looks like it's just a matter of when he'll join Toronto
Sources tell TSN Burke will remain in a senior advisory capacity with the Ducks for now but that the final word on any hockey operations decisions in Anaheim will be made by Murray. Sources say Burke will, in this advisory capacity, have the ability to freely negotiate future employment opportunities as a GM in the NHL.
That would pave the way for Burke to be hired as president and GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs in the days, weeks or months ahead, if the Leafs and Burke so desire. And there is strong reason to believe that is precisely what will happen.
In any case, it would seem all but certain that Burke will find his way to Toronto as the Leafs' top hockey man.
I guess we might as well welcome our new angry Irish overlord.
4:02pm Update: The Boss has some quotes up from the world's most boring press conference.