All eyes are on Brian Burke.

Maybe that’s because he’s one of the few GMs who will actually be in Ottawa for this weekend’s NHL all-star festivities, but with the trade deadline only 31 days away, everybody is waiting for Burke to make a move.

“He’s trying. He’s trying hard. He definitely wants to get bigger,” a league executive said Thursday.

In a battle for one of the final two or three playoff spots with as many as six or seven teams in the Eastern Conference, the Maple Leafs want to get stronger.

Burke would like Toronto to be more hard-nosed, especially up front.

A guy on the Leafs’ radar could be San Jose W Ryane Clowe. He has a cap hit of $3.625 million through next season, but the word is he might be someone the Sharks are willing to part with before the deadline.

Before anybody in San Jose picks up the phone to get GM Doug Wilson’s denial he’ll move Clowe, the belief is it would take more than the Leafs might be willing to offer to make that deal happen, so going after a potential unrestricted free agent is more realistic.

The Leafs would certainly have an interest in Carolina’s Tuomo Ruutu. The Hurricanes have held talks with his camp, but it’s believed Ruutu wants too much on a long-term deal, which means he’ll likely be moved.

21 Responses to All eyes are on Brian Burke.

  1. TheLeafNation91 says:

    Never thought I would see Price, Thomas, Kessel, Lupul, Seguin, Phaneuf, and Chara play together on the same team.

    Here goes nothing.

  2. dumbassdoorman says:

    These guys need to drink before picking….I was highly disappointed in lupuls lack of banter back in forth with the ottawa crowd…could have neen mint. Though Karlsson and Sedin were funny with there comments

  3. Kessel_Leafs48 says:

    and how funny was price… a little feminine dontcha think? haha

  4. reinjosh says:

    Interesting quick little article on some smaller moves of Burkes. He's talking about bad trades he made, and relationships with other GM's (he uses Glen Sather here). Even if you don't like Burke, I say take a quick read. It's an interesting look behind the scenes.
    It's apparently pushing a book called Behind the Moves that is all about the GM's in the NHL. 
  5. reinjosh says:

    Price was hilarious. See him moving on the seats after he sat down? 

  6. dumbassdoorman says:

    As a Leafs fan I really hate the tittle of this article…

  7. MystifoLeafs says:

    Haha, I like the whole battle between Sather and Burkie. It was interesting how Burke operates. Even though he knew the kid was damaged and such he still took him due to owing Sather money. 

  8. mapleleafsfan says:

    Cool read, thanks for posting.

  9. dumbassdoorman says:

    lol…ya it was a good way to pass a few minutes….read the attached article about Lou too

  10. HABSSTAR says:

    Well Suter should be on the market.  There's no way Nashville can afford to lose him for nothing.  Imagine the return that guy could get them.

  11. frankinboltonleafs says:

    Yeah…thank you for posting that link. Wish I had gone now. Curious statement about most people wanting to be competently led….thats a book right there.

  12. reinjosh says:

    Oi boy that could be a shit ton from Philly. 

  13. dumbassdoorman says:

    Suter will not be traded, mark my words….lol

  14. reinjosh says:

    Yeah I agree with you. Him saying he won't sign before the deadline doesn't mean he won't sign all together. As much as pundits and fans will try to say that's what he is intimating, he's not. He's mentioned many times he wants to see what Poile is going to do to make this team a competitor. If he can show both Weber and Suter that he is serious about that, then they will likely sign (and believe me, money is no longer an issue for them).

    I actually wonder what forward they might make a push on. Ruutu might be interesting, one of the big three in Anaheim would be interesting, Carter would be interesting. But ultimately I don't think it will be any of them.
    I think Poile is going to go for Doan, Jokinen and Whitney. The three fit the Nashville model more than anyone else on the market and both Doan and Whitney have considerable experience in a Nashville style system, and Jokinen has some as well. 
    I would love for them to get Parise but I don't see that happening. I think NJ will keep him and the price to get him might be far to high anyways. But he would be the ultimate option. 
    And maybe they go after a guy like JVR. Hasn't really lived up to expectations, might be available (if he heals properly). Maybe use one of their many talented defenders and toss him to Philly in exchange for JVR. Philly gets the young dman to build around, Nashville gets a young potential laden forward. 
  15. toronto77 says:

    Why did price not shake chara's hand? Chara went out of his way to approach him and Price ignored him, maybe he was just not paying attention.

  16. glotz_99 says:

    Joey Crabb, Juraj Mikus, and a conditional 2nd rounder (if  he resigns with Toronto) for Tuomo Ruutu

  17. NonLeafFansAreGay says:

    100% agree

  18. Steven_Leafs says:

    that isn't a bad offer but Carolina might want more. The 2nd rounder added to the deal makes it a huge win for Carolina but I don't think they would want to relay on the other team to re-sign Ruutu to get it.

    Maybe Crabb, Mikus, conditional 2013 pick (2nd if Ruutu re-signs or if Toronto makes it to the Conference finals, 4th if not)

  19. reinjosh says:

    There is no way we get him for that little. Ruutu is everything a playoff team wants in a player. He's big, he can jump from the third line to the second line smoothly, he can score, he plays balls to the wall, and he plays center and wing.

    I would love him for than little but realistically Carolina will wait till the deadline and auction him off for a pretty sum. The way the market is this year, Carolina is in a strong place to win big by trading him.
    At the very least its going to be a guaranteed high pick (2nd) and a decent prospect. I don't Mikus cuts it as that prospect and Crabb is a guy you can get anywhere. 
    2nd, D'Amigo/Ross and a conditional pick if he resigns I think. 
  20. Steven_Leafs says:

    he is easily worth it but I dont know if anyone would pay that for a rental, who knows though, GMs tend to overpay for rentals.

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