To the uninitiated, Brian Burke's press conference at Air Canada Centre on Saturday may have looked like an inquisition.
There was Burke, alone at the microphone, seated in front of a slew of reporters for the first time since he was dismissed on Wednesday. There were reporters who were poised to unleash questions about his time as general manager of the Maple Leafs that was brought to a shocking close after less than four years -- and zero appearances in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Instead, Burke spent about 10 minutes absorbing the inquiries after his prepared statements with a mix of honesty and truculence, coming out on the other side with dignity while firing back a few shots of his own.
"From my perspective, they bring you into win games," Burke said. "I didn't win enough games. I think I put some building blocks in place. I was stunned by this turn of events, no question about it. But I do believe ownership has the right to make that call and I'll move on."