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Leafs hire ex-GM Rick Dudley

Updated: June 24, 2011, 6:20 PM ET
By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

The Toronto Maple Leafs have hired former Atlanta Thrashers general manager Rick Dudley, Leafs GM Brian Burke confirmed to ESPN.com.

Dudley does not have an official title yet, but Burke said the former Blackhawks assistant GM would be a premier talent evaluator with the Leafs.

Dudley, 62, lost his GM job with the Thrashers when the club moved to Winnipeg, and the new owners chose Kevin Cheveldayoff as their new general manager. Several clubs contacted Dudley.

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