Apparently two wins over the surging
On a serious note,
It took Burke a little more than three months to make the call and he dismissed the team's general manager, Feaster, and assistant GM John Weisbrod on Thursday morning. Burke said in a morning news conference in Calgary that he would serve as acting GM and already had received permission from another organization to interview a candidate.
"I was born impatient. I will die impatient," said Burke, who was the
Having said that, it's somewhat surprising the move took this long. But Burke explained the process behind the decision. Feaster was named acting GM by the
That move, in fact, came three days after Christmas in 2010.
"When I took the job, I told Ken [King, the club club president], 'You can't come in and evaluate an organization from outside if you want to go thoroughly,' " said Burke. "It's going to take 60, 75 days. So that occupied that chunk of time. Then I wanted to present it to the full ownership group.
"We are in our trading freeze now and I wanted to do it as far away from Christmas as possible. Even though we're close to Christmas, as soon as this decision was reached and sold to ownership, I wanted it done."
Burke referenced his Anaheim tenure, saying that other teams molded themselves in the Ducks' image after they won the Cup in 2007, in terms of size and physical play. Burke rejoined the Ducks briefly last season as a consultant after he was dismissed by the
"We want black-and-blue hockey here," Burke said. "That's what we do in Alberta."
His first order of business might involve another task. His appearance -- looking like the frontman for an Irish folk group with unkempt hair -- set off a round of reviews on Twitter. One of them was his daughter Molly, who moved to Calgary in the fall.
In the midst of his news conference, she tweeted: "Okay...maybe I should pick Dad up for a haircut this week."