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Okay so you're the Maple Leafs board of directors or whatever, and you're brand new to the scene having just bought the team a few months ago.
This can't have been the start they wanted, what with the lockout stretching on and on and costing you a lot of money and, potentially, whatever goodwill fans might have had for you. Plus there is the fact that your new team is an international punchline and a towering symbol of futility in the face of towering budgets that, despite all the losing, are still somehow dwarfed by your incomes.
The question I've seen from a lot of people regardng the firing of Brian Burke as Toronto’s GM is, simply, "Why now?"
The team's baffling presser came the same day the NHL's Board of Governors ratified its new CBA, and two or three depending on who you ask before the Player's Association does the same. Camps are scheduled to open Sunday. It sure doesn't seem like the most opportune time to give your GM his walking papers. Why wouldn't you give your new guy the time to get all his Ducks in a row. If you took over the team in August, for instance, why not can the old guy then-ish?
I understand the sentiment, but at the same time, it's not like they then immediately brought in some guy who was new to the organization and couldn't pick Morgan Rielly out of a lineup. Dave Nonis has been with the team for some time, and could be viewed as the Good Cop to Burke's Bad Cop by the ravening Toronto media members (who have pretty much embarrassed themselves by dancing on Burke's grave, though some have come off as far more petty than others, especially with regard to getting into things that may or may not be going on in Burke's personal life that are certainly not in any way any of their business).
Nonis was by all accounts Burke's close friend, coworker and confidant, meaning that he know the ins and outs of the organization better than pretty much every person on earth who wasn't just fired by the Maple Leafs. The sudden shuffling of deck chairs may have come as a big surprise to him, but it's not as though that surprise in any way robs him of the vast experience he has in dealing with this organization front to back.
"Why now?" as in "why at this specific point in the run-up to the abbreviated season?" Not the best question. There's not qualitative difference between telling Burke to pack his stuff Wednesday than there was in August, September, October, November, or December.
Though I will say it's odd that it took this long to arrive at the decision. Burke never looked long for the job under a new ownership team that wanted to make an impact and a statement that it was no longer business as usual for the Leafs. Business as usual being losing a whole bunch, obviously. But even if it took awhile to decide to can him, it's not the timing that's puzzling, it's that it took awhile at all.
Anyway, I don't know if "Why now?" really covers it so much. I think the better question is closer to, "Why now, since this is a CBA specifically designed for Brian Burke?"Read More »from What I don’t get about the Brian Burke firing (Trending Topics)