Brian Burke Fired: Ranking His 5 Biggest Mistakes as Toronto Maple Leafs GM

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Brian Burke Fired: Ranking His 5 Biggest Mistakes as Toronto Maple Leafs GM
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Brian Burke was a "love him or hate him" type of general manager. He was belligerent, mean, brash, often controversial and, above all, very opinionated.

He also leaves the Toronto Maple Leafs in pretty good shape going forward.

They are in good cap shape as the cap dips to $64.3 million next season. Not too many teams right now have that kind of flexibility.

The contracts of Matthew Lombardi, Tim Connolly, Clarke MacArthur and Tyler Bozak, among others, are expiring this offseason, leaving the door wide open for new GM Dave Nonis to spread his wings and flex his muscles.

As a fan, I wonder why this move wasn't made sooner. If it had been made before or immediately after the draft, Nonis would have had more time to work with the team. It also wouldn't serve as a distraction as training camp opens this weekend.

Here are Brian Burke's five worst moves as GM of the Leafs.

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