Just days after the 113 day NHL lockout ended, and with the 2013 season scheduled to start in a little over a week, the Toronto Maple Leafs dropped a bombshell when it was announced today that GM Brian Burke, who had been with the team for four years, was being replaced as GM by current senior vice president Dave Nonis.

During Burke’s tenure, the Buds failed to make the playoffs and Burke has been criticized for several deals, most notably the Phil Kessel trade with Boston where the team relinquished two first round draft picks. For now, Burke will apparently remain with the Leafs as an advisor.

Toronto being the centre of the hockey universe, TSN has copious coverage of the move here.