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Leafs GM: No firm offer for Nash, could be looking for a goalie

Feb 22, 2012, 6:58 PM EDT

Brian Burke AP

Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke was a guest on TSN Radio this evening and, as always, he had a few things to say. Click here to listen.

The bullets:

—- Burke says he doesn’t have a firm offer on the table for Rick Nash.

—- He may be in the market for a goalie prior to the deadline.

—- Certain members of the media are “dirtbags.”

—- He’s not interested in the Leafs making the playoffs and getting “my ass kicked.”

—- He’s not saying whether he’ll fire coach Ron Wilson If the Leafs don’t make the playoffs. In fact, it’s none of your business.

The first two points – about Nash and possibly addressing the goaltending situation – are the big ones. After all, we already knew that Burke doesn’t get along with every member of the media. And of course he wants to win the Stanley Cup, not just make the playoffs. And he absolutely has to fire Wilson if the Leafs don’t make the playoffs.

Related: Leafs goalie coach: “We’ve got two young kids in the net”

  1. bcisleman - Feb 22, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    Why does he have to fire him? If the Leafs do not make the playoffs, it will revolve around the goaltending and whose responsibility is it to get a competent goaltender for the team?

  2. gbiscottagecheesefatties - Feb 22, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    I love Burke

    – Wild Fan

    • elvispocomo - Feb 22, 2012 at 7:41 PM

      Wait until you have him as a GM of your team. He’s great for sound bites, but could be better as a GM. We don’t miss him in Vancouver.

      • gbiscottagecheesefatties - Feb 22, 2012 at 7:45 PM

        as I understand your viewpoint, I think he did okay in Van. and did very VERY well in Anaheim and is doing a good job in Toronto.

        Time will tell but overall he is a top 10 GM

      • kitshky - Feb 22, 2012 at 10:33 PM

        Go back over what both Burke and Nonis brought to Vancouver, you can say we don’t miss him because of the work that Gillis is doing but don’t underestimate the good he did here.

      • pavelfitzgerald - Feb 22, 2012 at 11:38 PM

        Bryan Murray did very well in Anaheim. Burke came in there with a team already built, drafted Bobby Ryan (who didn’t play for Anaheim during “Burke’s” inherited Stanley Cup run) & added Chris Pronger. Adding Chris Pronger was big but incredibly easy since Pronger demanded a trade due to his rumoured fling with an Edmonton news reporter. Anyone can make a deal when the other GM has a player bending him over

      • elvispocomo - Feb 24, 2012 at 6:26 PM

        I didn’t say he was horrible, but I think he’s overrated as a GM. It was a bold move to trade up for the Sedins, and his drafting had good points, but he (and Nonis, his protege) didn’t do a good job of filling in the gaps.

        Deadline deals to put us over the top for the likes of Brad May, Martin Rucinsky, Marc Bergevin, Keith Carney and Eric Weinrich were forgettable, as was him using our draft picks to get them. Our quantity at the draft suffered as a result of that and Gillis has been trying to catch up.

        Add to that his mishandling of the RJ Umberger deal for a rumoured contract gap of a couple hundred thousand and his role in the Bure holdout and you have a GM who’s tenure wasn’t so rosy as people think.

  3. taytay099 - Feb 22, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    Without him Vancouver would not have the Sedins. They probably would not even be playing together if it wasn’t for Burke.

    • jrod691 - Feb 22, 2012 at 8:07 PM

      One of the many reasons that Brian Burke is good for the NHL and the sport of hockey as a whole.

  4. solador78 - Feb 22, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    Bet he wishes that Tuuka Rask was on the market.

  5. blomfeld - Feb 22, 2012 at 11:16 PM


    • blomfeld - Feb 22, 2012 at 11:24 PM

      Yes Blomfeld … Brian Burke does indeed rock. In fact, he’s the sole reason why the Canucks are who they are today, make no mistake about that … and he’s also the sole reason why the Leafs still have a chance to make the playoffs this year.

      • ikillchicken - Feb 22, 2012 at 11:52 PM

        Uh…no. To say that Burke deserves a lot of credit for Vancouver’s success is one thing. To say he is the sole reason…well you’re pretty much just proving that you don’t have a clue what you’re talking about.

        Burke certainly did some good things in Vancouver but there’s a reason we never went deep in the playoffs with him in charge. It’s the same reason why, despite spending several years rebuilding and having a lot of talent, Toronto still only has “a chance” of making the playoffs.

  6. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Feb 22, 2012 at 11:43 PM

    Burke is saying he might be in the market for a goalie because he has to say after last night’s game. He won’t give up anything worthwhile for a rental goalie. Wilson also won’t be fired, he’s Burke’s guy and that won’t change just because the media calls for his head.

  7. mrskunitzdrippinlips - Feb 23, 2012 at 6:57 AM

    nash suck and so does every other team that’s not “THE FRANCHISE”

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