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Burke also targets Cherry’s co-host MacLean

Mar 8, 2012, 8:29 AM EDT

Ron MacLean - Hockey Night In Canada

Don Cherry isn’t just angry at Leafs GM Brian Burke for the lack of Ontario-born players on the Toronto Maple Leafs and his biggest problem with Burke might not even be the fact that he complained to Cherry’s superiors about Grapes. What might have pissed Cherry off the most is that Burke decided to also target his co-host and old friend Ron MacLean.

What’s Burke’s problem with MacLean? Apparently, in MacLean’s words, Burke “feels that I egg Grapes on.”

MacLean said that Burke went to his superiors, but he thinks Burke was trying to get them “muzzled” rather than fired. To make the situation even more bizarre, Burke decided to call MacLean up before lodging his complaint.

“He said ‘I am feeling kind of lousy doing it this way without talking to you first,’” MacLean said, referring to Burke. The Leafs GM gave MacLean the opportunity to meet with him, but MacLean turned down the offer. He also told Burke that his job was not to present the audience with “all rainbows.”

“I am not losing any sleep over it,” said MacLean. “I understand Brian is under a lot of pressure and he treats each day like it’s a hockey game. A general manager of such a major professional sports franchise should be able to handle it but it’s the way he is.”

MacLean also said that he forgives Burke. Cherry, on the other hand, might not be ready to put this all behind him.

  1. duster1982 - Mar 8, 2012 at 8:48 AM

    The Leafs might be a better team if the GM actually focused on….well….the team

  2. jlindsay24 - Mar 8, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Burke’s underfire not that Wilson s gone. Makes for entertaining sideshows for the NHL:

  3. drewsylvania - Mar 8, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    So your source for this new allegation is Clown Cherry’s co-host? That’s weak.

  4. firstandonlywarning - Mar 8, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    Burke is continuing the tradition of ignorant arrogant selfish dumbfrackery that the Leafs relish.
    The had a small window of competent leadership under Pat Burns but that was a rarity for the Leafs.

    So Leafs fans, remind me why you’re all not chanting for Burke’s head at the games?
    Have yas figured out what a embarrassment you have running your show?
    His idiot behavior got a pass when you all incorrectly thought he was good for the franchise.
    Well now ya know he is a buffoon living in the past and what? Give him more time?

    Come on Leafers, admit he is the worst thing to happen to the Leafs since getting “free tickets” to Leaf games from the users in the 80’s

    • crazemastercraze - Mar 8, 2012 at 7:46 PM

      i think the fans are afraid he might jump out of the press box with a double edged long sword and just start clearing them all out like they were corn husks…..

  5. canuckinamerica - Mar 8, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    I’ve posted a number of times how BB’s arrogance and shortcomings have failed the Leafs. He is now trying to get me fired.

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