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After being so far unable to move up in the NHL entry draft, Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke is trying a different tact.
He’s now put his top three picks on the table, saying he’s willing to trade those selections for a player or players that would help make the Leafs more competitive immediately.
When Ryan Smyth was a free-agent and taking bids for his services in the summer of 2007, the Calgary Flames were an ardent pursuant.
Flames captain Jarome Iginla even personally talked to Smyth to sell him on moving to Southern Alberta.
Then-GM Darryl Sutter also called Smyth directly, on top of dealing with his agent, Don Meehan.
But it was to no avail at the time. Smyth signed with the Colorado Avalanche, inking a five-year contract with a US$6.25-million cap hit.
Mike Richards would have been an awfully nice fit at centre for the Maple Leafs.
Jeff Carter less so – more of a shooter – but still pretty good.
Alas, the frustration for Brian Burke is on the day the Flyers moved both, he got shut out on both.
Richards, a more expensive, 2011 version of Doug Gilmour, you could argue, was the one Burke bid hardest on. But, from a Leaf perspective, at least Los Angeles likely won’t be in the bidding for Brad Richards now that they’ve got Mike Richards, the former Philly captain.
Mike Gillis has already proved that the NHL entry draft is also the new trade deadline.
A year ago, the Vancouver Canucks general manager parlayed months of prior planning to acquire Keith Ballard in a multi-player swap that included Victor Oreskovich. It jettisoned a player who struggled to play in the top six in Michael Grabner and eliminated a contract of a player who couldn’t play anywhere in Steve Bernier. A year later, Gillis has acknowledged the need for a top-six forward and calls keep coming regarding Cory Schneider. And it wouldn’t be a stretch to suggest he’s fielded a few regarding Cody Hodgson.
The future of Brad Richards remained unclear on Thursday when the Dallas forward declined the Stars’ request for him to waive the no-movement clause in his contract.