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Brian Burke: Leafs not looking to trade for Marc Savard

Jun 28, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT

brianburke.jpgOh, how the trade rumors flew this past weekend in Los Angeles, with
Marc Savard’s name being mentioned the most. With Savard reportedly
naming Toronto and Ottawa as the two teams he’s waive his NTC for,
speculation began to fly as to what sort of deal the Maple Leafs could
be working up for the veteran center.

According to Brian Burke,
there is not going to be a trade involving the Toronto Maple Leafs and
Marc Savard.

Talking with Fan 590 in Toronto, per TSN, this is
what Burke had to say:

“The rumour – what I read anyway – is that Boston is looking to move
this player,” he said. “We have some options presented to us over the
weekend, trade wise, that do not involve this player (Savard) that we
are looking at.”

“Suffice it to say, the media are focused on one name,” Burke said.
“And we are looking at multiple names – not including Marc Savard.”

As far as Tomas Kaberle goes, Burke said that most of the offers for
the defenseman this past weekend involved a draft pick, and that the
Leafs were not looking get a first round pick for Kaberle — they want
immediate help at forward. Since he didn’t hear any offers that were
perfect for Toronto, they put things on hold regarding a Kaberle trade.

He hints that a Kaberle trade is not a 100% priority, and that
they’ll only move the defenseman if they the perfect deal for a forward.
Since he steadfastly refuses the Leafs are looking at Savard, I’m
guessing an aging center with a bloated contract isn’t exactly what the
Leafs are looking at in return.

“We’re hearing two more offers today, but I’m guessing that nothing’s
crystallized until July 1 when we se where free agent defencemen end

  1. Ghostrider1174 - Jun 28, 2010 at 8:40 PM

    Something must have gone wrong or hes just not saying anything. Why? Cause u dont have Bob McKenzie, Pierre LeBrun, and Darren Dreger all twitter sunday that Boston and Toronto have talk about a potential swap involing Savard to Toronto for soft return. These are people who dont say things unless it is a fact period.

  2. Anonymous - Jun 29, 2010 at 12:43 PM

    The Leafs are showing common sense and intelligence MS is damaged good s who has 7 years left on a contract and he’s 33 hello anyone out there realize we are going young not old and in the Hockey years 33 is old for a centerman.

  3. oldtimer99 - Jun 29, 2010 at 1:47 PM

    Leafs take Savard / Thomas and the return of Toronto,s first round pick for Gabo/Karbele.
    This should be the only way the deal should go down, it solves Bostons problems (salary cap). Toronto can bury contracts in the minors or keep the players. But most inportantly restore some of the screw-up Kessel deal.

  4. Anonymous - Jun 29, 2010 at 2:01 PM

    Please, two washed up guys for Kaberle and Gabo. One washed up goalie for the other, sure, does not improve the team though. Kabs for Savard, no comparison.

  5. jason_w_93 - Jun 30, 2010 at 12:36 AM

    If we do trade Kaberle, i can see us(Toronto) complaining we don’t have a puck moving d-man.He’s cheap and loves T.O.Sign him!! and sign Gonchar on thursday.Him and Kabby on the point..OHHH yeah!!
    Trade grabovski and kulimen for savard.No we got a few top lines with Kadri coming up!!
    Hope we keep KABBY…….

  6. keon67 - Jun 30, 2010 at 12:10 PM

    Savard will and has recovered from his concussion. He would be a good addition to the Leafs if he comes cheap.

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