The NHL got a little more truculent Thursday, when former Ducks General Manager Brian Burke was introduced as the Calgary Flames’ new director of hockey operations.
Bad news, though, for Flames General Manager Jay Feaster, because he must now report to Burke in the team’s reconfigured hierarchy.
The blunt, fiery Burke was the Ducks’ GM when they won the Stanley Cup in 2007, but he left in November of 2008 to be nearer to his children on the East Coast. He was named general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs later that month -- a tenure he launched with his famous speech about how the team would become tougher and more truculent -- and kept his position until early this year, when he was ousted shortly before the lockout ended and the shortened season began.
The Ducks hired Burke as a part-time scout in February, mostly to allow him to stay current on league personnel and position himself for his next NHL job, which he got Thursday. He will balance his new duties along with being director of player personnel for Team USA at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, in February. Burke, 58, has dual Canadian and U.S. citizenship.