Brian Burke won't return as Team USA GM, according to report

Bruce Bennett

USA Hockey has decided to go in a new direction for the 2014 Olympics and won't retain Brian Burke as general manager.

Brian Burke will not return as the general manager of Team USA for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, according to Greg Brady of Sportsnet 590.

According to Brady, Burke was informed that USA Hockey wants the architect of this year's team to be a general manager currently employed in the NHL, via Brady's twitter stream:

"Burke was told, as suspected, USA Hockey wants a current NHL GM. [Nashville GM David] Poile a strong candidate. Burke definitely wanted the job - obviously he made a huge commitment to after his son's tragic passing. Might be a mistake by USA Hockey."

Burke was fired as the general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs prior to the start of the 2013 regular season. After acting as an advisor with the organization for a short time, Burke joined the Anaheim Ducks as a part-time scout. He was the general manager of Team USA for the 2010 Olympics when the team earned a silver medal. Despite that success, Team USA has decided to go in a different direction.

As Brady mentioned, David Poile is considered a favorite for the job. Dean Lombardi of the Los Angeles Kings and Ray Shero of the Pittsburgh Penguins have also been mentioned as potential candidates.

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