NHL: Maple Leafs fire Burke

The Toronto Maple Leafs have shocked the hockey world Wednesday morning with the firing of general manager Brian Burke.

The NHL Board of Governors are meeting today to ratify the new CBA and while the Maple Leafs have struggled under Burke, the timing is an absolute shock to everyone.

The thinking is that Burke would have been very likely on the hot seat this coming season depending on the team’s on-ice results. Burke had been the clubs president and general manager since November of 2008.

More details should emerge throughout the day and the Maple Leafs are scheduled to hold a press conference Wednesday afternoon at 1:45 et.