Toronto Maple Leafs’ One-Two Punch

May 14th, 2010 by Lukas Leave a reply »
June 26, 1999: Brian Burke trades up in the draft just so he can get Daniel and Henrik Sedin.

July 27, 2009: Brian Burke signs rookie Jonas Gustavsson out of Sweden.

Yep, he definitely hates European hockey players, doesn't he?

I was being sarcastic.

Now that Dave Nonis has pulled himself out of the running to become the next general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning, and signed an extension with the Maple Leafs to stay on as Brain Burke's "right hand man," we now know for sure that the Maple Leafs have locked up one of the best combinations in hockey management.

This is the Maple Leafs' one-two punch.

When Burke left Anaheim and came to Toronto, he wanted to bring Dave Nonis, who was brought on in Anaheim, with him. This turned out to be what is now seemingly a very good decision, based on how well the young Leafs played closer to the end of the season.

Nonis, general manager of the AHL's Toronto Marlies and the Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations for the Maple Leafs, first began his managerial career in Vancouver, where he replaced Brian Burke as general manager after serving as Senior ...

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