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.