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Burke “inclined” to keep Leafs’ first-round draft pick

Mar 15, 2012, 12:22 PM EDT

Brian Burke AP

Brian Burke doesn’t like being asked about his job security, but will his actions speak louder than words when it comes to the Leafs’ first-round draft pick?

In the midst of a horrendous collapse, Toronto’s all but officially eliminated from the playoff race. In fact, the Leafs have fallen so dramatically in the standings that they might end up with a chance to get the first overall draft selection this summer.

Which brings us to the general manager – would he be willing to trade that pick for immediate help? Because if he doesn’t make the playoffs soon, the calls for his job will only intensify.

“[We’re] inclined to keep the pick,” Burke said, as reported by the Globe and Mail, “but listening [to offers] already.

Not that trading the pick would necessarily be a bad idea – it just depends on the deal. But we all know the heat Burke’s taken for the Phil Kessel trade that netted Boston blue-chip prospects Tyler Seguin and Dougie Hamilton. Kessel’s been good in Toronto, but he only has two seasons left before he can become an unrestricted free agent. Seguin and Hamilton are tied to the Bruins for much longer.

  1. seaner44 - Mar 15, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    How can he even be sure that he will have the ability and a job to use the pick.

    • hawknuts - Mar 15, 2012 at 2:43 PM

      exactly. he shouldn’t even have a job in a few weeks. simple as that

      mlse doesn’t make great personnel decisions when it comes to their front office but this one needs to be made. don’t let him set you back any further than he already has.

  2. hockeyflow33 - Mar 15, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    We’ll take it again in Boston if he doesn’t want it

  3. firstandonlywarning - Mar 15, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    “Sure I’ll keep sacrificing the Leafs future to serve my massive and undeserved ego”

    Run him out of town Leafs fans, turn the ACC into a Zoo of anti-Burke until he is gone.

  4. MR. G - Mar 15, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    Save yourself the agony…trade the pick http://bleacherreport.com/articles/743236-toronto-maple-leafs-gm-brian-burke-a-complete-draft-history

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