Anaheim, CA – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that Brian Burke is returning to the organization after a four season absence.
The former general manager will be a part-time pro scout. Burke was fired earlier this season by the Toronto Maple Leafs after failing to get the team into the playoffs for four straight seasons.
“We are happy to welcome Brian back to the organization.” Anytime you can add a person of his quality to your staff, it makes your organization better. We’ve had success working together before and look forward to doing it again.”
– executive vice president/general manager Bob Murray
Many see Burke as the one responsible for the 2007 Stanley Cup win. He oversaw the team to back-to-back 100-point seasons as well.
Some will see this move as a sign that Murray’s days are numbered in the front office. However, given Murray’s plan (which is taking shape nicely) is not fully running. If you will remember he is the one who sign Viktor Fasth to his initial contract this off-season (which has been subsequently extended).
Burke will flourish in this role and there should be a marked improvement in both minor league teams.