Burke expected to overhaul front office

Former Vancouver Canucks' general manager Brian Burke will be named the new GM of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, a source told the Los Angeles Times.

Burke, whose hiring is expected to be announced at a June 20 news conference that will also introduce new owners Henry and Susan Samueli, will receive a five-year contract at more than $1 million per year, the paper reported.

The Samuelis have agreed to purchase the team from the Walt Disney Co. for $75 million. The NHL's approval of the new owners probably will come Wednesday.

Neil Smith, who as general manager led the New York Rangers to the Stanley Cup in 1994, was the other finalist for the Duck position. But Burke had the backing of NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, who lobbied the Samuelis, two league sources told the Times.

Except for interim General Manager Al Coates, the contracts on all hockey operation personnel expire this month. Burke is expected to overhaul the entire front office.