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"I can't wait to find out if some of these guys can operate in a system where you can't just go out...

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"I can't wait to find out if some of these guys can operate in a system where you can't just go out and spend what you want to spend. I can't wait for that day when it comes down to who can do their job."

Brian Burke, early 2000s specifically, 2003.

"When we started the season last year, the organization was basically empty," Allaire said. "We had...

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"When we started the season last year, the organization was basically empty," Allaire said. "We had one goalie who couldn’t play in the NHL anymore [Toskala], one goalie with no experience [Jonas Gustavsson] and one goalie who was coming out of the ECHL [Reimer].

Too bad no one told Brian Burke!

Brian Burke isn't just a legend of the NHL. He's a fists-up, knock-your-teeth-out gladiator. But...

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Brian Burke isn't just a legend of the NHL. He's a fists-up, knock-your-teeth-out gladiator. But when his hockey-loving son came out of the closet and died soon after, he was thrust into a strange new role: advocate for gays in a macho sports culture. He's no cheerleader—he looks like he hates every minute of it—but locker-room homophobia may have finally met its match.

Fantastic GQ profile of Brian Burke by Mary Rogan. Burke may make a lot of mistakes but this is one arena in which he is a beacon to be followed.

Leafs GM at Blackhawks-Ducks game tonight.

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Leafs GM at Blackhawks-Ducks game tonight.

As per James Mirtle.

"The Sun has great value if you own a puppy or a parakeet" — Brian Burke Tuesday on Sportsnet’s...

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"The Sun has great value if you own a puppy or a parakeet" — Brian Burke Tuesday on Sportsnet’s Hockey Central. If anybody should know about icing a team of dogs that was for the birds, it should be Brian Burke. For a guy who led his team to 29th place in the NHL last season, and who traded away two potential first-round lottery draft picks, perhaps the Leafs loud-mouth GM should criticize his own performance. But Bombastic Brian loves to talk. He’s got some good lines, too. Scribes love Burkie. Better than a boring GM. But it’s time to put up or shut up. This is why Burke is here and whether he likes it or not the Toronto Sun, and our team of amazing sports writers, editors and photographers, is the go-to place for Leafs fans. One thing the Sun, which will turn 39 next month, has never had on its front page is a picture of a Maple Leafs captain holding up a Stanley Cup.

Toronto Sun Fights Back

"The deadline is Sunday, and I don’t expect to see anyone’s best cards until probably Friday," Bur...

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"The deadline is Sunday, and I don’t expect to see anyone’s best cards until probably Friday," Burke said. "That being said, the offers improved dramatically over the weekend. We’re at a double-digit number of teams that are in. Unilaterally, without any phone calls from us, two teams dramatically improved their offer over the weekend. It’s going the way I thought it would go."

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Then there were the Toronto Maple Leafs, who signed Colby Armstrong for 3 years and $9 million but...

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Then there were the Toronto Maple Leafs, who signed Colby Armstrong for 3 years and $9 million but weren't engaged otherwise on July 1 according to multiple agents. "Not only were the Leafs not aggressive, but their offices were closed and their GM and assistant GM were not taking calls for part of the day," said an agent. Another agent said Burke is a general manager "on a high horse," believing that the franchise can sell itself. But that agent said Burke's approach is understandable given the market: "Toronto should be a great place to play. It has everything but the winning."

From Wyshynski's excellent piece on the free agent frenzy. This is one of the many illuminating statements from agents. You can definitely wonder at the agents' motivations especially when granted anonymity but it's still troublesome to read.

It's easy to say you accept a gay son. It's different, in a town where you are very recognizable,...

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It's easy to say you accept a gay son. It's different, in a town where you are very recognizable, to take your gay son to the Pride Parade. And as they watched the rainbow kaleidoscope of people spin by that day, Brian Burke made a promise. "He said, 'I really appreciate you coming out,'" says Burke, his eyes hidden behind sunglasses. "I said, 'Well, next year we'll march in it.'" Brian Burke is one of the world's better speakers. Some of his pronouncements are practically Shakespearean, blunt and unhesitating and full of powerful and complicated words. But the reason marching was easier is that every time he tries to talk about Brendan, 156 days later, he gets strangled by his heart. Brian Burke can talk about anything but this.

Bruce Arthur with a moving piece about Brian Burke keeping his promise to his late son Brendan. Read the rest here.

Leafs decline to tender contract to Mitchell. Will be UFA on July 1. talks will continue. Mitchell...

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Leafs decline to tender contract to Mitchell. Will be UFA on July 1. talks will continue. Mitchell wants to return, Leafs want him back. If the Leafs had qualified Mitchell with an offer to retain his rights, Mitchell also would have qualified for arbitration. The Leafs didn’t want to take the risk Mitchell would win an arbitration case for more than $1 million. Leafs hoping to get him for significantly less.

Kevin McGran clarifies the John Mitchell situation. Excellent reporting and, turns out, excellent cap management by Brian Burke. More significantly, I think that this might confirm that Nikolai Kulemin is NOT arbitration eligible.

In typical Brendan fashion, he was more concerned about me. "You promise this isn’t going to be a p...

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In typical Brendan fashion, he was more concerned about me. "You promise this isn’t going to be a problem for you? I don’t want this to mess up your career." To be honest, I was nervous for myself. Not because I thought that Brendan’s story would cause me any problems in my career, but because I did not know how I would handle any backlash. Scouting is a tight-knit community, and I am very close with the guys I work with. I would have been both furious and crushed if another scout had something negative to say about my brother. I assured Brendan I would be just fine.

A fantastic article by Patrick Burke on Outsports about his brother Brendan and the Burkes' dedication to advancing his legacy.
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