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Brian Burke joins Maple Leafs front office @NHLdotcom

TORONTO (AP) -Brian Burke took over as president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday.

"You're talking about the Vatican if you're Catholic, you're talking the center of the hockey universe, you're talking about one of the most important jobs in hockey running the Toronto Maple Leafs," Burke said at a news conference. "It's a dream job."

He gets a six-year deal worth a reported $3 million annually. The move comes after months of speculation about Burke's future.

He replaces Cliff Fletcher, who was hired as interim general manager following the firing of John Ferguson in January.

Burke spent the past three-plus seasons managing the Anaheim Ducks, leading them to a Stanley Cup title in 2007.

He stepped down from the post Nov. 13 after declining to sign a contract extension that would take him beyond this season.

Burke's track record suggests that it shouldn't take very long for him to start putting his stamp on the team.

During previous management stops in Hartford, Vancouver and Anaheim, the 53-year-old has been unafraid to make bold moves.

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