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Brian Burke: NHL coaches have a shelf life

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09:34 AM ET 03.02 | With his days as an official front-office NHL executive on hold, it's been quiet times for former Maple Leafs president and general manager Brian Burke. The fiery Irishman has had little to say since being fired just prior to the season, but you can't keep a good quote down forever and Burke was in vintage form Friday morning in Boston. Speaking on a panel at the MIT Sloan Analytics Conference, Burke was at his bombastic best, addressing several issues from his ill-fated tenure at the helm of the Leafs. On the life of a coach: "Coaches have a shelf life and the harder the coach is on the athletes, the shorter the shelf life is." On his post-firing relationship with Ron Wilson: Burke said there was some fallout, including his former college pal suggesting he not attend his daughter's wedding last summer. "I'm going to have to fire my best friend in a half hour," Burke said of the moments before telling Wilson his fate a year go today. "There was a lot that was unpleasant."

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March 2, 2013  09:39 AM ET

So do underperforming GM's.

March 2, 2013  09:49 AM ET

"I'm going to have to fire my best friend in a half hour," Burke said."

If he'd said that about two years earlier his **** is probably still in the big GM chair.

March 2, 2013  09:57 AM ET

Burkie is well past his own shelf life.

March 2, 2013  10:16 AM ET
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Burkie is well past his own shelf life.



I haven't posted this in a while. If you haven't seen it, it's worth a look. :-)

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March 2, 2013  10:30 AM ET

Somebody was worried a drunk Burkie was going to grope the bride I'm thinking.

March 2, 2013  10:33 AM ET
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So do underperforming GM's.

Amen to that!

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March 2, 2013  11:42 AM ET
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Im still tired of this clown...people gotta stop sticking a microphone in his face.NO ONE CARES.He was a complete joke of a GM.

Same reason they think we need to hear every word any of the Kardashians, Jim Cramer, Kristen Stewart, Justin Bieber or Pierre McGuire say, bostongm.

Apparently talentless people have some appeal to a certain crowd, one none of us can identify with or truly understand.

March 2, 2013  11:45 AM ET
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Same reason they think we need to hear every word any of the Kardashians, Jim Cramer, Kristen Stewart, Justin Bieber or Pierre McGuire say, bostongm.Apparently talentless people have some appeal to a certain crowd, one none of us can identify with or truly understand.

Attention Hoors is all they are Stranger. (Hanks spelling:)

March 2, 2013  12:01 PM ET

Who Knew that MIT Really stood for Micks Is Talking......the only analytics Burkie's is capable of addressing is the rapidly declining level of the Bushmills bottle!

March 2, 2013  12:01 PM ET

Fortunately Burke's whiskey gets better as it ages.

March 2, 2013  12:38 PM ET
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Same reason they think we need to hear every word any of the Kardashians, Jim Cramer, Kristen Stewart, Justin Bieber or Pierre McGuire say, bostongm.

Don't forget to include proctologist "Three Fingers" Tortafella in your list!

March 2, 2013  12:49 PM ET
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Apparently talentless people have some appeal to a certain crowd, one none of us can identify with or truly understand.

Agreed. That's why that "special" magazine rack exists at the check out counters of the supermarkets. Makes them feel superior and self-righteous.

BTW, I haven't checked lately but ... who knows? Maybe Burke's the spawn of aliens or at least has been abducted and tampered with by them.

March 2, 2013  02:14 PM ET

Asking Burke to assess coaching talent after keeping Wilson around way past his expiry date is like asking Milbury to assess player talent, what's the point, neither one is credible when it comes to these topics.

March 2, 2013  02:17 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

So do underperforming GM's.

Took the words right out of my mouth.....

March 2, 2013  02:19 PM ET
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Asking Burke to assess coaching talent after keeping Wilson around way past his expiry date is like asking Milbury to assess player talent, what's the point, neither one is credible when it comes to these topics.

Very true about Milbury...everyone is a bum unless they are Bruins...

March 2, 2013  02:29 PM ET

Cannot for the life of me fathom why this guy Burke gets the positions or attention he does in this sport...beside a few decent draft picks in Vancouver this guy has never accomplished anything....

March 2, 2013  03:50 PM ET
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Fortunately Burke's whiskey gets better as it ages.

Ah, but then, don't we all.

 
March 2, 2013  04:30 PM ET
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Ah, but then, don't we all.

Well us men do Women more a 50/50 proposition

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