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Dave Nonis hired to replace Brian Burke as Leafs GM

The Toronto Maple Leafs have named Dave Nonis as the successor to Brian Burke. It is unclear whether it is a temporary or permanent appointment.

Bruce Bennett

The Toronto Maple Leafs will be naming Dave Nonis as the team's next general manager, according to a report by Bob McKenzie on Wednesday afternoon.

As of Wednesday, it is unclear whether Nonis will act in an interim role or take over as a permanent hire. he will be replacing former general manager Brian Burke who was relieved of his duties on Wednesday afternoon.

Nonis has been acting as the club's senior vice president and director of hockey operations since 2008. Prior to joining the Maple Leafs, Nonis had served as the senior vice president and general manager of the Vancouver Canucks. Similarly to this situation, Nonis also replaced Burke at that time.

Since word broke of Burke's firing, many have questioned the timing of the decision.

With the Maple Leafs rumored to be interested in goaltender Roberto Luongo, some have wondered whether that situation has played a role in Burke's dismissal.

If that is the case, Nonis' most notable transaction while in charge of the Canucks was trading for Luongo while he was still a member of the Florida Panthers in 2006.

Regardless, the team will be holding a press conference at 1:45 p.m., ET where the decision is expected to be formally announced.