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Burke Bounced Because Leafs Lost

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TORONTO — He looked beat. Brian Burke was fired Wednesday after just over four years as the president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs. When he met with the media Saturday he had a cold, sure, but he looked like the air had been taken out of him. He still had some bluster and temper and oration left, but it was all muted. The past four years have taken a toll.

“We didn’t win enough, and that’s why we’re here today,” said Burke, blue tie loosely knotted around his neck. “And I apologize to the fans that I wasn’t able to deliver more in terms of the on-ice product. But that’s why we’re here today. Our team motto is, ‘No complaints, no excuses,’ and I don’t have any today. In an age where accountability seems to be vanishing, I intend to...

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