Toronto media reaction to yesterday’s firing of Brian Burke as Maple Leafs GM, plus the latest on Dustin Byfuglien, Ryan Smyth, Rene Bourque, Matt Stajan and more.
TORONTO STAR/TORONTO SUN/NATIONAL POST/SPORTSNET.CA/THE GLOBE AND MAIL: Reaction from the Toronto media over yesterday’s surprise announcement the Maple Leafs had fired general manager Brian Burke, replacing him with assistant GM Dave Nonis.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ll have my take later today in my “Soapbox” column.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien deflected questions about his conditioning, assuring the press and fans he’s in shape for the upcoming Jets training camp.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: From some accounts, Byfuglien looked slimmer than he did early last summer, when a picture of him looking quite hefty sent tongues a-wagging among Jets fans.
EDMONTON SUN: Oilers forward Ryan Smyth is adjusting to his new role as a supporting player on a young, promising team.
CBC.CA: Montreal Canadiens winger Rene Bourque is looking forward to a bounce-back season after last year’s underwhelming performance.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bourque’s performance this season could be critical in determining his future with the club. More than a few pundits and fans consider his a potential target for a compliance buyout either this summer or next.
CALGARY HERALD: Matt Stajan, the only player remaining on the Flames in the return the club received in the Dion Phaneuf trade with Toronto, is hoping to push for a top-six role this season.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators stars like Milan Michalek, Jason Spezza and Erik Karlsson are now back in Ottawa in preparation for the opening of training camp this weekend.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Canucks defensemen Keith Ballard and Chris Tanev are hoping to get back up to speed quickly.