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10:24 AM ET 01.13 | The press conferences are now over but the real mystery remains: No one will come out and say directly why Brian Burke was fired as general manager of the Maple Leafs. And just as importantly, no one will answer: Why now? They will hint around it. They will tell their stories, as much as they want you to know, which isn't much. Many times in his farewell press conference Saturday Burke explained his shocking dismissal with "I didn't win enough games." But when asked directly about what happened, he wouldn't go too far from his script. "The people that hired me, hired Brian Burke," he said. "Maybe they want someone who is a little more conventional. That's fine. I'm not changing how I do things. That's not possible. I'm Irish and I'm stubborn. I have to find someone who likes that brand I guess. I'm not changing how I operate."

Toronto Sun

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January 13, 2013  10:33 AM ET

For those of you that missed it. :-)

January 13, 2013  10:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I'm truly gonna miss him in To***to. :-(

January 13, 2013  10:43 AM ET

Burke got the axe Wednesday morning because Bell boss George Cope, after months of campaigning for Burke???s dismissal, finally wore out the Rogers suits and Larry Tanenbaum

January 13, 2013  10:50 AM ET

Burke got the ax and now the Habs tell Gomez not to report. Why are they taking all our fun away

January 13, 2013  10:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Burke got the axe Wednesday morning because Bell boss George Cope, after months of campaigning for Burke's dismissal, finally wore out the Rogers suits and Larry Tanenbaum.

So the moral is never buy a Rodger's suit cause it will wear out in a couple months. ;-)

Did I get that correct Shipper?

January 13, 2013  10:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Burke got the ax and now the Habs tell Gomez not to report. Why are they taking all our fun away?

How would we be able to tell?

January 13, 2013  10:58 AM ET

Making fun of Burke and the Leafs has been an institution here for a long time and it will be sorely missed. Removing Burke from Leafs rants is like taking the icing off the cupcake, but, we've still got the cupcake. Leafs suck no matter who's driving the bus!

January 13, 2013  11:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Burke got the ax and now the Habs tell Gomez not to report. Why are they taking all our fun away

2013 couldn't have started much better than this, ND.

January 13, 2013  11:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

2013 couldn't have started much better than this, ND.

i want to show Gomez to Parise and say.... SEE SEE SEE
But since they are blinded by millions of gamillions of dollars, they won't care

January 13, 2013  11:15 AM ET

I think Burkie leaving does nothing to diminish the entertainment factor. It will be hilarious to watch Bell and Rogers argue over who's turn it is to sit in the owners chair. Less filling! Tastes great!! The Leafs never disappoint!!!!!!!!!!!

January 13, 2013  11:19 AM ET

Speaking of Burkie, while potf won the Burke's firing pool, we still have to deal with the Leafs elimination one with a shorter season and a compressed conference-only schedule. Before the Butt-plug-imposed mess known as the lockout, we had the following entries based on an 82-game schedule ending on April 14. Feel free to submit a new date based on the new schedule or keep the one you had regardless. Or join if you hadn't already.

Original entries
Michael1971: February 14
W2: February 15
NYRangers: March 1
Garbage Man: March 15
Puck082: March 19
mhwings: March 22
Rex Racer: March 25
dblewis03: March 26
Darkphoenixe: March 27
MF GO: March 28
Schad: March 31
Stranger: April 1
Phantomphan MMT: April 2
MTJ_NL: April 3
Canuck, eh?: April 4
fvkasm2x: April 5
bruins6988: April 6
BGDave: April 7
Nard Dog: April 8
puttin on the foil: April 9
drysdale: April 10
Argo: April 12
Harry Crack: April 13
----- Regular season ends -----
Swamp Dragon: April 24
dannylimes: May 10

January 13, 2013  11:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Swamp Dragon: April 24

Well mine was set to be after game 5 of the 1st round

January 13, 2013  11:24 AM ET

Kadri is the only draft pick that Burke made that has played a game in the NHL

January 13, 2013  11:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Speaking of Burkie, while potf won the Burke's firing pool, we still have to deal with the Leafs elimination one with a shorter season and a compressed conference-only schedule. Before the Butt-plug-imposed mess known as the lockout, we had the following entries based on an 82-game schedule ending on April 14. Feel free to submit a new date based on the new schedule or keep the one you had regardless. Or join if you hadn't already.

Original entries
Michael1971: February 14
W2: February 15
NYRangers: March 1
Garbage Man: March 15
Puck082: March 19
mhwings: March 22
Rex Racer: March 25
dblewis03: March 26
Darkphoenixe: March 27
MF GO: March 28
Schad: March 31
Stranger: April 1 April 16
Phantomphan MMT: April 2
MTJ_NL: April 3
Canuck, eh?: April 4
fvkasm2x: April 5
bruins6988: April 6
BGDave: April 7
Nard Dog: April 8
puttin on the foil: April 9
drysdale: April 10
Argo: April 12
Harry Crack: April 13
----- Regular season ends -----
Swamp Dragon: April 24
dannylimes: May 10

Submitting my change. I'll update and re-order the list on a regular basis.

And I forgot to mention in the previous that I'll accept entries till next Saturday before the season starts.

January 13, 2013  11:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Burke got the ax and now the Habs tell Gomez not to report. Why are they taking all our fun away

This might happen to Redden too as you can't amnesty an injured player they are going to pay him to sit

January 13, 2013  11:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Well mine was set to be after game 5 of the 1st round

If I had to guess when that will take place, Swampy, I'd say around May 8.

And I stand corrected, the season will end April 27, not April 28 as stated in the first post (#11).

January 13, 2013  11:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Submitting my change. I'll update and re-order the list on a regular basis.And I forgot to mention in the previous that I'll accept entries till next Saturday before the season starts.

May 9th

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January 13, 2013  12:55 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Submitting my change. I'll update and re-order the list on a regular basis.And I forgot to mention in the previous that I'll accept entries till next Saturday before the season starts.

April 20 for me Stranger

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