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Volume 24 No. 157
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Burke Says He Was "Stunned" By Leafs Relieving Him Of Duties

Former Maple Leafs President & GM Brian Burke on Friday issued his first public comments since being relieved of his duties with the team, saying, "I was floored, and I still am stunned. I've never been fired before." Burke is "under contract" through the end of the '13-14 season, and he "fully intends to help" his replacement, Dave Nonis, as a consultant. Burke will hold a press conference on Saturday morning to "discuss the events of the week and his future plans" (THESTAR.com, 1/11).