From the Winnipeg Sun, which reports that everything has been prepared for Burke to take over the Maple Leafs’ front office, save a contract. That won’t be signed until after Thanksgiving, while Burke spends the remainder of the week in Boston with family.
While that has been widely reported the past 48 hours, Duck fans should care that David Nonis is reporting to be leaving Anaheim to be Burke’s No. 2 in Toronto. Nonis wasn’t here long; Burke plucked Nonis from Vancouver’s front office last summer after the latter was fired by the Canucks. He was passed over last week for the Ducks’ No. 2 executive position in favor of David McNab, who simply absorbed the No. 2 duties (as GM of the AHL affiliate and director of all scouting) on top of his existing salary-cap guru role.
Basically, when Bob Murray went to a 2-man front office, Nonis was the odd man out in Anaheim; a move to Toronto makes perfect sense for him. Consider it Burke’s first raid of his former team. (Though Burke, for the record, is still a paid consultant to Ducks CEO Michael Schulman).