|Brian Burke has been fired by the Toronto Maple Leafs after a 128-135-42 record over five years. (Getty Images)|
Now that the lockout is finally behind us it's back to business as usual for the NHL.
And which team was the first one to send shockwaves through the league? The Toronto Maple Leafs, of course.
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The team relieved Brian Burke of his general manager duties on Wednesday, a little more than a week before the regular season is expected to begin. The move was so sudden -- and shocking -- that Burke was scheduled to be in New York for Wednesday's board of governers meeting.
Burke will be replaced as general manager by Dave Nonis. Oddly enough, Nonis was also the general manager who replaced Burke when he left the Vancouver Canucks many years ago.
The Maple Leafs announced that Burke will remain in the organization as an adviser.
Burke has been with the Maple Leafs since November 2008, taking over the team after a successful run as general manager of the Anaheim Ducks that included a Stanley Cup championship during the 2006-07 season.
The Maple Leafs never made the playoffs during his watch and are coming off a 2011-12 season that saw them finish with a 35-37-10 record.
In early February the Leafs were actually in a pretty good position in the standings with a 28-19-6 record before badly fading down the stretch, winning just seven of their final 29 games to fall short of the playoffs for a seventh consecutive season.
That late-season collapse also included the firing of head coach Ron Wilson, who was replaced by Randy Carlyle.