The Arizona Coyotes’ head coach Brian Burke has a bad rap with the media, and his relationship with a controversial judge has been the subject of much media speculation in recent months.
The latest rumors about Burke are about whether he will be allowed to leave the Coyotes organization in the future.
Burke was the team’s captain when he was fired after the team was eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Burke had served as the head coach of the Coyotes since December 2014, but he was removed from his position when the team made the playoffs in April.
The Coyotes were eliminated from postseason play for the first time in the franchise’s history in May, and Burke’s contract was extended through 2021.
Burke, who played in the NHL for 13 seasons and was a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Stanley Cup winning team in 2000, has been under fire for his handling of the team in recent years.
A number of former players and media personalities have accused Burke of taking shortcuts with the Coyotes’ finances.
Burke has publicly said that the Coyotes are in the process of discussing a contract extension with him.
His contract expires in 2021, so he is free to leave.
Burke’s attorney, Paul Fischbach, told ESPN on Wednesday that Burke will be permitted to leave in 2021.
However, Fischbeck said he doesn’t expect Burke to leave until the end of the 2019-20 season.
Fischbauer said Burke will meet with Burke’s agent on Friday to determine his future in Arizona.
“The NHL has an expectation of the coach of an NHL team to be involved in discussions and discussions are ongoing,” Fischbauer said.
“I believe that coach Burke has done a lot of good things for the Coyotes and the Coyotes have an obligation to him to have discussions and to discuss.”
Burke’s relationship with the judge in question has been a contentious topic in recent days.
During the NHL’s annual Winter Classic, a game between the Washington Capitals and the New York Islanders, Burke was photographed sitting on a bench with a young boy.
After the game, Burke walked away from the bench and walked back into the dressing room.
The child’s mother confronted Burke about it, and the young boy reportedly told Burke that he had made a mistake.
Burke told the mother, “I’m not going to sit there and tell the story about how I was wrong and I’m going to tell it now.”
Burke was fired the next day.
Burke also has a history of criticizing immigration.
He was suspended by the NHL and fined $100,000 for comments he made to a media outlet about his relationship to immigration.
Burke is a U.S. citizen.
According to his bio on the Coyotes website, Burke played for the Philadelphia Flyers and Chicago Blackhawks from 1993 to 2002.
He has a master’s degree in business from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree from the Indiana University Bloomington.