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Burke is “prepared to go forward” with Reimer and Scrivens in goal

Jun 20, 2012, 12:20 PM EDT

James Reimer AP

Not to be outdone by Canucks GM Mike Gillis, who says he’s willing to keep both Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider in Vancouver next season, Leafs GM Brian Burke also says he’s willing to stick with his current goaltending tandem of James Reimer and Ben Scrivens.

“We are prepared to go forward on that basis,” Burke told ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun. “If we can upgrade at the goaltending position, and at a reasonable price, we’ll do it. But we are prepared [to go with Reimer-Scrivens]. I believe in James Reimer. He’s young, he’s athletic, I believe in this kid. If we have to start like that, we will.”

LeBrun believes the Leafs are interested in acquiring Luongo, but not for a “high-level asset.”

In honor of the game of chicken Gillis and Burke are playing, here’s a clip from Footloose.

  1. govtminion - Jun 20, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    “We’d love to get an elite level goalie like Luongo, but we don’t want to give up anything worthwhile to get him. I’m sure the Canucks will take a deal like that, right?”

    Oh, Burkie… the offseason would be so dull without you.

  2. freneticgarfieldfan - Jun 20, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    Those kids in Footloose were actually men compared to Gillis and Burke.
    let’s hope they both stick with their “plans” (current goaltenders), that will be fun to watch

  3. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 20, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    That made me cringe. Reimer and Scrivens will both be very good goalies, but neither is a bonafide NHL starter yet. They need a veteran guy to show them the ropes for the next few seasons.

  4. kitshky - Jun 20, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    Burke is so full of crap it’s hard to take sometimes. He has to make the playoffs, like … absolutely has to make the playoffs. Not saying a deal will (or has to) be done between Nucks and Leafs but between Gillis and Burke only one of them has any leverage … and it’s not Burke.

    Gillis – two elite goaltenders on a team that’s challenging for a Cup
    Burker – two AHL level elite goaltenders on a team that has to make the playoffs if he has any hope to keep his job.

    That’s like Ren driving a tractor and Chuck driving a Big Wheels … sh*t I admitted I knew the character names..

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Jun 21, 2012 at 1:06 AM

      It’s not that he has to make the playoffs; that’s a given for every GM. It’s that he seems to try to be more of a politician and act like everything’s ok and he’s never made a mistake along the way. Burke is always right and ain’t nobody gonna tell him otherwise.

  5. lordfletcher - Jun 20, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    It has to be down to Luongo or Backstrom.

    Backstrom is cheaper but could cost more because Minnesota doesn’t need to get rid of him for any reason…

    Vancouver needs to start Cory in net and Luongo makes way too much as a backup. Burke is playing ball, and Vancouver will eventually have to trade him to Toronto. There is no one else.

    I feel as if the longer Burke holds out, the cheaper the price becomes. It’s looking like a late draft pick and a swap of salaries at this point. Both sides will be happy

    -Wild fan

  6. ikillchicken - Jun 20, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    To me, all this posturing from both parties all but confirms that a deal will get done. They’re obviously both just trying (too hard) to play it cool and improve their bargaining position. At the end of the day though, Vancouver needs to move Luongo and Toronto needs a goaltender. Vancouver will take what they can get and Toronto will give what they have to.

  7. elguapo12 - Jun 26, 2012 at 5:47 AM


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