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Brian Burke fired: Looking back at his moves as Leafs' GM

Looking back on some of the more notable moves made by Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke.

Bruce Bennett

When looking back on Brian Burke's time in Toronto, one could define it as tumultuous and disappointing.

Joining the franchise in November of 2008 as general manager and president, Burke was expected to return the franchise back to the postseason, a place it had not been since 2004. Ultimately, that goal was never achieved.

Burke was agressive in his dealings as well as his interaction with the media and attempted to bring players into Toronto that he felt could improve the team.

His first major decision was selecting forward Nazem Kadri with the No. 7 overall pick in the 2009 NHL Draft. To this point, Kadri has yet to develop a permanent role on the Leafs' roster playing in 51 games over three seasons, contributing eight goals and 11 assists for a total of 19 points.

This offseason, he entered training camp with the Toronto Marlies overweight.

A few months later, Burke made what is likely his most notable transaction in Toronto when he executed a trade with the Boston Bruins for forward Phil Kessel. In exchange for Kessel, the Leafs sent a first- and second-round pick in the 2010 NHL draft, as well as a first-round pick in the 2011 draft.

The Bruins ultimately used those picks to acquire Tyler Seguin with the No. 2 overall selection and forward Jared Knight with the No. 32 selection in 2010, as well as defenseman Dougie Hamilton with the No. 9 overall pick in the 2011 draft.

Seguin and Hamilton are expected to be key players in the Bruins future, with Seguin already playing a role in the team's Stanley Cup run during the 2011 playoffs.

Later during the 2009-10 season, Burke executed a seven-player trade with the Calgary Flames for defenseman Dion Phaneuf. The Leafs dealt Matt Stajan, Niklas Hagman, Ian White and Jamal Mayers for Phaneuf, Fredrik Sjöström and Keith Aulie.

Phaneuf was later named the 18th captain in team history following the season.

In March of 2012, Burke fired head coach Ron Wilson and named Randy Carlyle as his replacement. Wilson had been named coach in 2008 prior to Burke's appointment as general manager. Carlyle had been the Anaheim Ducks head coach while Burke had been the team's general manager.

In June of 2012, Burke traded defenseman Luke Schenn to the Philadelphia Flyers for forward James van Riemsdyk.

Burke had previously stated that Schenn was a key piece to the future development of the Leafs. However, Schenn's inconsistent play and the Leafs desire for a big-bodied forward ultimately led to him being dealt.

According to a release by the Maple Leafs, the team will hold a press conference at 1:45 p.m., ET to make an announcement.