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Burke: Not trading Grabovski, turned down offer for Reimer

Feb 27, 2012, 12:43 PM EDT

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Leafs general manager Brian Burke called in to TSN just after noon today and said he had nothing on the frontburner and nothing on the backburner so far as trades are concerned.

Aaaaand cue the awkwardness.

Burke did eventually comment on a couple of subjects (you knew he would):

—- He won’t trade C Mikhail Grabovski, a pending UFA, as he believes the two sides will be able to get a deal done. (Plus it would be pretty hard to give up his third-leading scorer as the Leafs battle to make the playoffs.)

—- He received a good offer for G James Reimer, but “turned it down flat.” (Hardly a suprise. There’s no big reason to believe Reimer can’t be a good goalie down the road. The question is, does Burke bring in a vet like Evgeni Nabokov as a temporary stopgap?)

  1. habsman - Feb 27, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    Brian Burke is the Rex Ryan of the NHL. Loud, rude, obnoxious and never backs up what he says. The Leafs missed the playoffs four years prior to Burkes’ arrival and looks like they will miss for the fourth consecutive year under his leadership. And today he seemed to blame it on the pressure of the Toronto market. Keep drinking the cool-ade Leaf fans, but are the Leafs really any better than they were under Ferguson?

    And yes, the Habs suck as well.

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