Current Calgary Flames president of hockey operations Brian Burke was a guest on TSN 1050, and he didn’t hold back from ripping the Toronto Maple Leafs, which is where he served as GM from 2008-2013.
Now, it shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that Burke has come out and blasted the Leafs, given the fact that he hasn’t had a problem doing so since leaving the organization in 2013.
Burke has made it clear that he’s never been a fan of how the media carries themselves within the city of Toronto. He was sick and tired of them being ready to rip the team whenever things were going bad and how they were ready to jump on the bandwagon and throw a victory parade when they were playing well under his watch.
On the flip side, Burke really enjoys working in Calgary, since they’re more positive and not ready to go crazy during the tough times. He went as far as to say that if Flames’ center Sam Bennett was on the Leafs, that they would have him “traded 70 times, shot six times and his parents condemned four times.”
Burke went on to say that the player he’s the most proud of that’s on the Leafs is Nazem Kadri. While he spoke highly of Kadri, he also referred to him as “belligerent, truculent and obnoxious!”
The 62 year-old Burke knows what he’s talking about after being around the NHL since 1992. The fact of the matter is that every city comes with a different amount of pressure whether a team is based in Canada or the United States.
It’s obvious that a place like Toronto may not have been the best fit for Burke, but it’s great that he’s enjoying himself with the Flames. He’s doing a pretty good job after helping to lead them to two playoff appearances within the past four seasons.
It would be great if the Flames can build off of last season and make the playoffs for two straight seasons.
Comment below and give us your thoughts on Burkes’ comment. Is he right about the media in Toronto? Is he also right to call Kadri “belligerent, truculent and obnoxious?”
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