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Brian Burke might enforce his own trade deadline

Feb 28, 2012, 9:36 AM EDT

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Yesterday’s trade deadline may have left some Leafs fans (and media) upset that GM Brian Burke didn’t swing any deals to help the Leafs make the playoffs, but if it was up to him he’d do things differently.

No, he wouldn’t force teams to give in to his demands, he’d actually make sure the deadline came and went at a different time. Mike Morreale of NHL.com hears it from Burke in the wake of what was an unexciting trade deadline for fans but a stressful one for GMs and a craze that Burke would like to avoid.

“I’m debating starting our own trade freeze 10 days before the deadline, much like I do prior to Christmas … that’s how distracting it is,” Burke said. 

Oh, it gets better.

“I don’t know if that’s the right answer because I don’t want to tie my hands here, but it reminds me of the ’24/7′ (HBO) series. It’s ’24/7′ here now; I don’t know how the players can ignore it, but it’s part of playing on a Canadian team, so this is the hardest market to play in from that perspective.”

No one remind Burke that he’ll actually be on 24/7 next season leading up to the Winter Classic. The madness that ensues on deadline day is why a lot of GMs will do their dealing ahead of it to avoid the crush and pressure of it all.

Then again, the best way to avoid deadline day madness is to be in a better spot in the standings and not need to tweak the roster.

  1. hawknuts - Feb 28, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    pompous ass

    grow a pair and fire your friend the head coach, he is the biggest problem your team has….that and your goalies have no confidence anymore due to said coach jerking them around.

  2. habsman - Feb 28, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Burke is the Rex Ryan of the NHL. Loud, rude, and obnoxious.

  3. mdhedley - Feb 28, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    In his effort to be a “good guy” he’s turning in to a terrible GM. His players are grown-ups that get very well compensated for the hardships associated with the sport. That doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t feel for the players with families that were affected yesterday. It does mean that Brian Burke as a GM should be worried about building a winning hockey team and nothing else. Not that he owes them something for “working hard for me all season”, not because trade deadline day is stressful for his players.

    The reality is that he couldn’t get any deals done, which he tried to cover by saying he doesn’t believe in the deadline. He tried to look like a good guy, but instead he looked like a blithering idiot in charge of a multi-million dollar franchise that can’t seem to find it’s way to the playoffs after years of his (mis)management.

  4. elguapo12 - Feb 28, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Well, genius, if your team was perfect as is, then why not announce 10 days ago that you’re not making any moves?
    Truth is, as others have suggested, that he couldn’t get anything for his scrapheap of a squad, so he’s packaging it up as a confidence move from management. It will be interesting to see what happens in TO when Florida shuts them out tonight.

  5. phillyphever - Feb 28, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Overrated *clap clap clap-clap-clap*

  6. ruddigervancity - Feb 28, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    What does he think things will be like for his players at his “new” deadline? If anything it’ll give the national media that’s in Toronto a chance to focus only on the Leafs (to the extent they don’t already) rather than the 29 other teams. For a smart guy Burke sometimes sounds like an idiot just enjoying the sound of his own voice…

  7. babar61 - Feb 28, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    I still want the Burke vs Lowe fist fight in a barn to happen. I’d buy it on ppv.

  8. cmutimmah - Feb 28, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    Wouldn’t this just move the distraction up 10 days instead of remove it all together?

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