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Burke undermining Leafs ownership?

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08:25 AM ET 11.26 | Brian Burke's recent appearances with Gary Bettman and Bill Daly have raised more than a few eyebrows. Is Burke representing himself, his personal views, or the views of the ownership of the Toronto Maple Leafs? Burke is a known hardliner on the NHL's side, a hawk on the owners' side. But it would be in the best interest of current Leafs ownership to be playing as soon as possible. In other words, it is thought the Leafs' owners -- Larry Tanenbaum, George Cope of Bell and Nadir Mohammad -- would be closer to dove than hawk when it comes to settling the lockout. This labour split of sorts has some observers wondering what Burke's long-term future would be with his personal politics taking precedence over that of his team.

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November 26, 2012  08:49 AM ET

Based on the past, nothings going on in Burke's head.

November 26, 2012  08:55 AM ET
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K I'll defend the drunk ****:How does appearing with ownership make him look hawkish? Because he's attending negotiations? Is Sidney Crosby a white-tailed doe because he attends with Fehr? Does anybody really have any idea what's going on in that room and inside these guys' heads other than those present? Because none of them have really said anything to the media. Bloody Sun.

All I will add to that is

AAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGOOOOOOOOOOOOSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

November 26, 2012  09:03 AM ET

Ladies and Gentlemen.....the next commissioner of the NHL.....

November 26, 2012  09:23 AM ET

He is only there because there is an open bar and the negotiations are catered

November 26, 2012  09:28 AM ET

And speaking of the Irked one apparently on the si homepage the Chargers are Irked as well crazy left coasters stealing Toronto's thunder

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November 26, 2012  09:52 AM ET
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Oh my. Slap yourself ;)

Now you've gone and irked him.

November 26, 2012  10:02 AM ET
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K I'll defend the drunk **** ..... Bloody Sun.

And .... I'll defend his right to drink as much as he wants.

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November 26, 2012  10:06 AM ET
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Looks like he is standing in line at a homeless shelter.

Nah. Just waiting his turn at Mario's ski slopes.

November 26, 2012  10:13 AM ET
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Looks like he is standing in line at a homeless shelter.

He is.

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November 27, 2012  03:08 AM ET

I wonder how the lost season will affect Burke's 20 year rebuilding plan for the Leafs. Will they make the playoffs after his 20th year as GM or 21st ? I'm confused.

 
November 27, 2012  08:57 AM ET

How can one undermine an ownership that undermines itself?

Burke is just nothing more on a sad face on a franchise that is like a ship cast adrift...

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