Burke Out, Nonis in as GM: Mixed Emotions from Maple Leafs Fans

Scotty HuckContributor IIIJanuary 9, 2013

PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 22:  (L-R) Dave Nonis and Brian Burke of the Toronto Maple Leafs prepare for Round One of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft at Consol Energy Center on June 22, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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I was doing something so simple as checking Facebook this morning when I came across post on my wall. The lovely post consisted of the following:

"Annnnd Brian Burke is done."

So I quickly hopped on TSN.ca to figure out exactly what was going on and confirm what I considered at the time to be devastating news. As recently as yesterday, you can see my posts on various other articles on this website defending Brian Burke. I even went so far as to agree with another person that I would give Brian Burke a five-year extension to see where he could take this club.

Turns out that is not going to happen. Not even close.

So, as I awaited the press conference from MLSE, I surfed the TSN video archive and found myself just as confused and shocked as many of the insiders and panelists about the timing and circumstances of the firing of the Leafs GM.

I was, however, met with a calming and soothing announcement when I watched the press conference in the TSN Video Player. Dave Nonis was announced as the 14th General Manager in Toronto Maple Leafs history, Brian Burke's right-hand man. 

Dave Nonis stated he has worked for Brian Burke "most of my adult life." Nonis also took over the GM position in Vancouver when Burke was axed from the Canucks. Needless to say, Toronto should not worry too much about stability in the front office. Things will no doubt be different, however drastic change is not on the horizon. 

There was an article from the Toronto Star posting Twitter responses from many fans voicing their approval of Brian Burke's termination. Whether or not they were all Leafs fans, I did not take the time to investigate as I do not share the applause and excitement of the posts. I would venture to guess that there are other Maple Leafs fans out there that share my sentiments, as well. 

The silver lining here is that Dave Nonis is the man that is taking over for Brian Burke as opposed to bringing in someone completely new. Nonis knows the organization, the players on the team and in the system and has a great rapport with the management group currently in place.

Overall, I must say that I started this day very disappointed and a little depressed on the inside, but have made it to where I am now being optimistic moving forward for my beloved Toronto Maple Leafs. I wish Brian Burke the best and am glad he is staying on as "Special Advisor," even if that title is a load of bull.

How everyone else feels about this strange series of events today, I'm not sure. There are two things I am sure of, however. First, Dave Nonis traded for Roberto Luongo while GM in Vancouver. Second, the rumors of Luongo to Toronto will gain even more steam as we move to the beginning of training camp.