Burke Quashes recent rumors

Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun is reporting that Maple Leafs G.M. Brian Burke is calling the recent trade rumors between the Leafs and the Lightning regarding a possible trade up to acquire the second overall pick.

It is reported that “In a flash, Brian Burke squashed trade speculation involving the Maple Leafs and the Tampa Bay Lightning yesterday.

Toronto’s general manager didn’t pull any punches — not that he ever does — when asked about the Lightning’s request for defenceman Luke Schenn and Tomas Kaberle and the Leafs’ first-round pick, seventh overall, in the NHL entry draft in exchange for the second pick overall.

“The concept is absurd,” Burke said in an e-mail. “I have said so to Luke, and am trying to reach Kabba to tell him the same.”

HTR believes that while the package deal may be a little generous in order to land the second overall pick Brian Burke will try very hard in order to land the pick. Tavaras would be a huge prize for the Leafs and someone who they would be able to build around for years. Also, does anyone really believe that Burke would admit to such a deal before hand.

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