Brian Burke has been burning up the phone lines to add a defenceman.

And if the Maple Leafs general manager has his way, he will do so by the time the Leafs play host to the New York Islanders on Tuesday.

“We have a couple of things going, and I don’t know if anything is going to come of it or not, but I spent a good chunk of time this morning,” Burke told reporters at the MasterCard Centre on Monday afternoon. “We’re trying to add by tomorrow if we can, trying to put a player in the lineup to help us soon as possible. Our priority is to add a defenceman.”

Any hints on specific players?

“I can tell you, but I would have to kill you,” Burke said. “It’s tampering. I am not trying to be a smart ass.”

Burke this week also will work hard to sign forward Clarke MacArthur to a contract extension. If that does not happen by the NHL trade deadline on Feb. 28, MacArthur could be traded.

“We have not quantified it yet,” Burke said after taking part in a question-and-answer session in front of approximately 300 fans. “I know he would like to stay, and I think he would be crazy not to. We have not put an amount on it yet. That will happen this week.”

One player who will not be traded for anyone is defenceman Luke Schenn.

29 Responses to Brian Burke has been burning up the phone lines to add a defenceman.

  1. nordiques100 says:

    I think Matt Gilroy would be in play. He was a player BB tried to sign b4 the Rangers got him.

    Cam Barker is a possibility. He fared well as a Hawk but has struggled some with the Wild. Wonder if they'd be willing to give him up.

    Ladislav Smid is available as well, but his price is higher. Probably doesn't seem that way considering he has 9 assists and is a -10, but Tambellini is looking for the entire solar system for any of his players. Hemsky and Penner in particular.

    Bogosian is another on the radar but he will be very pricey. His potential is off the charts. They were rumored to have turned down 2 firsts and a prospect for him. That was the price paid by BB to get Kessel.

    Other Dmen likely available over the next week:

    John Liles
    Chris Phillips
    Jan Hedja
    Radek Martinek
    Jani Pitkanen

  2. nordiques100 says:

    Oh and if anyone is wondering why Steve Simmons wrote about how Richards wants to avoid the Leafs like the plague, its because Burke chewed him out in the Kaberle presser.

    He, as usual, was asking stupid questions, trying to stir controversy.

    Burke gave him and another reporter shit.

    So conveniently here is Simmons coming out with his grand, egotistical opinion.

    If you read simmons over the years, its nothing unusual. When he gets criticized, he often comes back with revenge through one of his pieces.

  3. 93killer93 says:

    Fraser, Belle

    Komisarek, Lebda
    Redden, 2nd

    Giguere, 3rd(phi)
    2nd, 4th


    Mikus, Holzer, Sjostrom, 2nd(NyR), 2nd(Wsh)
    Barker, Kobasew

    Kadri, Ryan, Granberg, Gustavsson, 2nd(Tor), cond(Bos)
    Stastny, Foote

    1st(bos), 1st(phi) Bozak, Gunnarsson, Blacker




  4. NonLeafFansAreGay says:

    getting liles would be amazing, he's the only defenceman available that can really almost fully replace kabby – who i hope we somehow get back in the offseason.

  5. NonLeafFansAreGay says:

    Bogosian may have amazing potential, but that is way too much to give up for him.

  6. mojo19 says:

    Not only is that a ton to give up for him but the Thrashers are shopping Bogosian for immediate help to get them into the playoffs. Although I guess if you're getting that kind of return you could always flip some of those pieces for immediate help.

  7. leafmeister says:

    Yeah I didnt take Simmon's second hand information of Richard's non-verbal response to a question he previously answered as gospel. Who knows if Richards wants to sign here, but you can bet that Burke is gonna throw big money, and all the resources at his disposal to get him.

  8. Leafs_the_word says:

    F Liles and Philips, just puts us back in the hole of too much money for aging blueliners.  Just play through with what we have, none of those players will have an impact anyway.

  9. Leafs_the_word says:

    Mike Augello to add four inches to waistline by the deadline (E5)

  10. TheLeafNation91 says:

    Winners of trade deadline:


    Other moves I think were good:

    -St. Louis
    -Tampa Bay

    Could work, but only time will trades:


    Head scratchers?



    -Los Angeles
    -New York R
    -San Jose

    That's about it…Then again we still have another exciting week of trades!

  11. NonLeafFansAreGay says:

    we need a puck moving defenceman.

    liles is exactly that.
    he's 30. not old.
  12. TheOnlyIslesFan says:

    You can't trade Gustavsson for anything right now because he's damaged goods and I can't see one team in the league wanting a goalie with a heart problem who could retire because of it.

    I understand he has potential to be a good goalie and with Reimer stepping up his game the once potential vezina winning goalie is now expandable but I just don't see anyone taking the chane on him, sadly enough.
  13. TheOnlyIslesFan says:

    Pretty impressive that you shook your crystal ball and looked ahead to March 1st to know who won the trade deadline already – kind of early to be calling winners and losers this early.

  14. TheOnlyIslesFan says:

    And why does Philly trade their Backup goalie for a 5th round pick? Just wondering…

  15. TheLeafNation91 says:

    I said thus far, but its just an opinion. The teams I classifed as losers are teams that need to make a move to contend with the winners, which they haven't which is why I classified them their.

    The only teams that don't need to make moves were Detroit and Vancouver, so their not classified.
    And I said it once and I'll say it again, its for now, theirs obviously more moves making and do believe some of the losers will head into the winners profile
  16. TheOnlyIslesFan says:

    Sorry man I didn't see the bottom line of "we still have a week to go!" 

    My bad!
  17. dumbassdoorman says:

    Dallas maybe a winner as they did two things in that trade, first Gog is a 45-55 pt dman who will get even more pp time in Dal. Next they cleared up approx 2.5 mil in room to be able to take a run at signing Richards. Neal will probably command more than Gogo at resign time. It is a better deal then it looks especially if the Stars can keep Richerds now.

  18. TheLeafNation91 says:

    Very true, I do believe Goligoski is a great talent but Dallas could obviously get alot more if Neal and Niskanen were on the table.

    Speaking from a Leafs perspective, I will give a lot more

  19. dumbassdoorman says:

    As a fan I agree, unfortuneately Pitt & Dallas filled needs. I think we had a better shot of meeting Pitts needs then the Stars.

  20. glotz_99 says:

    How about: Philly's 3rd rd pick and John Mitchell to NYR for Matt Gilroy.

  21. dumbassdoorman says:

    How about no, lol…..i would do Mitchell for Gilroy as rumour has it that NYR's are having trouble unloading him as play doesn't equal pay level for Gilroy. Besides I am not sure I like Gilroy that much.

  22. reinjosh says:

    I would do that deal. It wouldn't hurt to get him. A new situation could be exactly what he needs.

  23. NonLeafFansAreGay says:

    Would you rather have James Neal or Colborne and a 1st?

  24. NonLeafFansAreGay says:
    Would you guys rather have James Neal or Colborne and a 1st?
  25. glotz_99 says:

    He's making 1.75 million for the rest of this season and is a restricted free agent at the end of the season. I havn't really seen him play all that much, but I know the Leafs were trying to sign him out of college, so I could see the Leafs going after him similar to how they just traded for Fabian Brunnstrom.

  26. dumbassdoorman says:

    Colborne and a first, because Kabs would not have waived for Dallas, and it was said Joe specifically wanted Gogo. So i will take the sure thing.

  27. mapleleafsfan says:

    As of right now James Neal

  28. palindrom says:

    i would rather have neal!

  29. MystifoLeafs says:

    COl and 1st we have wingers we need a center.

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