Burke was sent packing as general manager but will stay on in this shortened season as a senior adviser, and his role as ultimate hockey decisionmaker for English Canada's landmark franchise ended with a wake Wednesday night. But the Leafs, owned by a teachers pension funds before media rivals Rogers Communications and Bell Canada took over, are now seen more like the Dallas Cowboys or Chicago Cubs: A team with a storied history that isn't doing much in the here and now, despite a sports-crazy, big-money, high-stakes atmosphere.
Even so, Burke knew the writing was on the wall even as he took the top job in the self-styled Heart of Hockey. In explaining the trade for Kessel, Burke said this: "“Because if I don’t get this team in the playoffs in three years they’ll be all over me.”
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