NHL roundup: Burke shocked by his firingBy The Sports Xchange | The SportsXchange – Fri, Jan 11, 2013 7:10 PM EST
Former Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke was shocked when he learned Wednesday that he had been fired. Burke was on his way to the airport to catch a flight to New York for an NHL Board of Governors meeting when he was called back to the team's offices. "I was floored, and I still am stunned," Burke told the Toronto Star. "I've never been fired before." Burke, 57, plans to remain in Toronto and work as a consultant to his replacement and former assistant Dave Nonis, previously the team's senior vice president of hockey operations. Burke's contract with the Leafs runs through next season. "I think I can help," Burke said. "I've been at this for a while. I have my name on the Stanley Cup. I'll do whatever I can. I wish Dave and the Toronto Maple Leafs all the success in the world." ---The Anaheim Ducks named four-time Stanley Cup winner Scott Niedermayer as an assistant coach on Friday. Coach Bruce Boudreau added Niedermayer, 39, to a staff that includes current assistants Bob Woods and Brad Lauer. Niedermayer moves over to the coaching side after working as a consultant for hockey operations since he retired as a player in 2010. --The New Jersey devils expect to be without center Adam Henrique (thumb) until at least early February because of a thumb injury. Henrique, 22, had 51 points, fourth best on the team, last season, his firstin the NHL.
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