The Toronto Maple Leafs have fired general manager Brian Burke this morning, and the hockey world is in a mild state of shock at the timing of the decision.
The firing puts an end to Burke's very tenuous reign, which began on November 29, 2008. He steered the Leafs to a 128-135-42 regular season record, and they missed the playoffs in every season under his watch.
Burke was highly regarded as the perfect man for the job when he was handed the reigns. However, his flawed approach and errors in hockey judgement began the day he took the podium for his first address as the boss.
Here is a ranking of his five biggest mistakes as GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs.