Shortly after the NHL lockout came to an end the Toronto Maple Leafs fired Brian Burke as the team's general manager and moved him into an adviser role that seemed to be made up on the fly. The move came after the Maple Leafs failed to qualify for the playoffs every year during his watch, extending their league-worst playoff drought to seven seasons.
Currently he's a part-time scout with the Anaheim Ducks -- the team he won a Stanley Cup with as general manager back in 2007 -- and the Maple Leafs find themselves in playoff position halfway through the season.
Burke's thoughts on Toronto's newfound success?
Brian Burke on Leafs success this year: "Sometimes you do the hard work and set the table and somebody else eats the meal."— Mike Brophy (@HockeyBroph) March 8, 2013
Well that's just great.
Though, in fairness, Burke has been on the other side of that meal as well. Like, say, that Stanley Cup winner in Anaheim that was largely put together by Bryan Murray. So, yeah, sometimes it is a balanced universe.