Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canucks Captain Says Soft-Spoken New Leafs GM Nonis Similar to Outgoing Burke

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canucks Captain Says Soft-Spoken New Leafs GM Nonis Similar to Outgoing Burke

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Nonis and Burke cut from same hockey cloth

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VANCOUVER - Vancouver Canucks captain Henrik Sedin says Maple Leafs fans can expect more of the same from Brian Burke's successor Dave Nonis.

"They're really similar in the way they want to build the team," Sedin said on Wednesday after Burke was fired as Toronto's general manager and replaced with Nonis.

"But they've got different personalities."

Nonis is getting a chance to run an NHL club for the second time. He also replaced a fired Burke following his mentor's dismissal in Vancouver in 2004

"Nonis is really low-key," said Sedin. "He's very soft-spoken, but Burkie likes to, maybe, be in the spotlight a little bit more."

Nonis, a 46-year-old Burnaby, B.C., native, was fired in Vancouver in 2008 after the Canucks missed the playoffs for the second time in three seasons and Francesco Aquilini completed his purchase of the team and inserted current GM Mike Gillis.

Nonis also served under Burke at NHL headquarters when the latter was the league's chief disciplinarian, and in Anaheim.

Working on his own or with his former boss, Nonis assembled the core of the Canucks squad that came within a game of winning the Stanley Cup in 2011 and remains largely intact today. Notable draft choices that he made with or without Burke include Henrik and Daniel Sedin -- following a trade that landed Vancouver two draft picks in the top three in 1999 -- such mainstays as Ryan Kesler, Kevin Bieksa, Alex Edler, Jannik Hansen and Cory Schneider.

Nonis also signed an unheralded Alex Burrows after he went undrafted, and pulled off a major coup as he traded for goaltender Roberto Luongo following the 2004-05 lockout.

Now, ironically, Nonis could be involved in acquiring Luongo for a second time as rumours persist that Vancouver's former No. 1 goaltender will head to Toronto.

"He kept building on what (Burke) started here," said Henrik Sedin. …

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