Thursday, February 21, 2013
Burke's new gig
By Victoria Matiash
UPDATE: Brian Burke is returning to his old stomping grounds. ESPN.com confirms Burke is re-joining the Anaheim Ducks as a part-time pro scout.
The former Leafs GM was general manager with the Ducks from 2005-08, during which time the club won a Stanley Cup.
Brian Burke may be working for another NHL organization in the very near future. As discussed by the Toronto Sun, the former general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs reportedly has the green light to pursue another gig in particular.
"... A source familiar with the situation says Burke is being sought for a scouting position with another club and that Leafs permission has been granted for that team to approach the fired president and general manager, let go just prior to the start of this season. 'I think (the Leafs) want to give him that chance to be a general manager again elsewhere,' the source told the Toronto Sun ..."
Burke is still on MLSE's payroll in a relatively ineffective advisory role. He doesn't have any input in hockey decisions.
Wednesday afternoon, Bob McKenzie confirmed on TSN 1050 radio that at least one other NHL team had expressed an interest in hiring the experienced head honcho. But that Burke might only join an organization where moving up into the GM's chair -- eventually -- is a realistic possibility.