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Leafs fire GM Burke just days before season starts


TORONTO — The Toronto Maple Leafs are making a stunning move just days before the regular season is expected to start.

A source tells The Canadian Press that general manager Brian Burke is out as general manager of the NHL team.

He held the position for just over four years.

The Maple Leafs have missed the playoffs in every season under his watch.

Toronto is coming off a disappointing 13th-place finish in the Eastern Conference.

Before joining the Maple Leafs, Burke previously served as GM of the Vancouver Canucks, Anaheim Ducks and Hartford Whalers.

 
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