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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...

"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.

"Two weeks ago, an NHL general manager said that netminder Marc-Andre Fleury was the most important...

"Two weeks ago, an NHL general manager said that netminder Marc-Andre Fleury was the most important Penguin because he covered for a team that gave up a lot of chances."

From point 13 from Elliote Friedman's latest "30 Thoughts". Not Malkin, not Crosby, not Letang, Staal, or Neal. An actual GM thinks Fleury is the most important Penguin. Unbelievable.

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

"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...

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.

Leafs GM at Blackhawks-Ducks game tonight.

As per James Mirtle.

"The Toronto Maple Leafs will vote against this. We think (our league has) the best officials in...

"The Toronto Maple Leafs will vote against this. We think (our league has) the best officials in the world and we don’t need to handcuff them with needless replays." Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke's opinion on the Dale Tallon-fueled "coach's challenge" to be debated during this week's general manager meetings in Toronto. In case Burkie's forgotten, we are happy to supply a replay. And what's with the "best officials in the world" comment? Rather transparent. Or on second thought, not so much... Leafs at Cats, Wednesday.

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

"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.

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

"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...

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,...

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.
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