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GLENDALE, ARIZ.—Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke says the recent uptick in his team’s performance doesn’t change the fact he’s looking for trades, but the offers certainly have improved.
“When you’re struggling, you’re very popular and the offers you get are mostly garbage,” said Burke. “When you’re playing better, you’re not as popular and the offers you get are better. It definitely makes a difference what cycle your team is in as to what kind of offers you’re fielding.”
Given his druthers, Clarke MacArthur would rather remain a Toronto Maple Leaf.
But deciding what to do with the team’s leading scorer, heading into Monday night’s game against the Kings, may well be on top of general manager Brian Burke’s to-do list, followed by re-signing defenceman Luke Schenn and deciding what the trade value truly is for some of his most-sought players including Francois Beauchemin.
Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello has asked captain Jamie Langenbrunner to waive his no-trade clause and is on the verge of dealing the veteran right winger.
Langenbrunner will not play in tonight’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers.
Guess Garth Snow didn’t want the New Jersey Devils getting out of range.
Okay, that’s mean. Presumably, the Islander GM simply saw a chance to get some value for a veteran defenceman, James Wisniewski, who will be unrestricted in July, and pulled the trigger, getting a second round pick and a fifth rounder from Montreal.
The Leafs performance in Thursday’s 3-2 loss to Columbus was disturbing enough to prompt serious talk among observers that it’s time for GM Brian Burke to make a trade to help his troubled team.
Burke, of course, does not listen to media rants and won’t be swayed by them. But Thursday’s disappointment certainly carried the point home in large part because it further deflated an almost flat hope that this roster can do very much to rescue a playoff berth.
A shakeup in Calgary is underway as the Flames announced Tuesday that Executive Vice-President and general manager Darryl Sutter is stepping down effective immediately.
Jay Feaster has been appointed Acting General Manager and will assume full and complete responsibilities for day to day hockey operations.
Colorado and Boston have made a few trades since the start of the season, and the Avalanche are the big winners so far (Tomas Fleischmann is on fire for them).
But otherwise, it’s been predictably quiet. The salary cap and parity in the standings are forcing teams to wait until closer to the deadline to make their moves. Keep in mind there’s also a holiday NHL trade freeze from Dec. 19-27 (starts Sunday).
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