Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke ends weeks of silence to deny links between his club and Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo.

 

Burke denies deal in place with Canucks for Luongo.

SPORTSNET.CA: In a recent interview with the Hockey Central at Noon panel, Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke emphatically denied there was a deal in place with the Vancouver Canucks which would ship goaltender Roberto Luongo post-lockout to the Leafs. “You’re talking about a player that’s under contract with another team,” Burke explained. “I emphatically deny that’s not true. There is no deal in place… for this player or any other player” on the Canucks. Burke acknowledged he and Canucks GM Mike Gillis disagree on many things, but this is one point they agree upon.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Burke’s statement contradicts what Sportsnet’s John Shannon stated several weeks ago, when he suggested the Leafs and Canucks had a deal involving Luongo moving to Toronto post-lockout. Should be interesting to hear Shannon’s take on the subject. I have a feeling this isn’t the last we’ll hear on the “Luongo-to-Toronto” speculation.

 

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9 Responses to Burke Denied Leafs Have Deal for Luongo.

  1. Scott says:

    It won’t be the last as so called writers just blog about untrue rumors and people just believe them

  2. Lou is a sieve says:

    That would be another typical Leaf trade. Trading youths for old washed up players to maybe make the playoff because you never know what can happen in the playoffs if if if.

    Hey Leafs! Try rebuilding instead of patching and trading youth

  3. Captain Ahab says:

    And if Burke said…”oh, yes. We certainly do have a deal in place.” How long before he would have been fined?
    Oh, about a New York minute.

  4. nails says:

    New York Minute, arguably the best movie by the Olsen twins…

  5. joey says:

    Burke being asked to confirm a question like that from Hockey Central knowing full well he can’t answer that with any other answer but no seems ridiculous to begin with. All GM’s are bound during the CBA negotiation process to comment on nobody but their own player’s well being.

  6. andrew says:

    DON’T HIM THIS GUY IS SO FULL CRAP THIS COME’S FROM THE SOME GUY WHAT TOLD US THAT WE HAD THE BEST GOALIE TEACHER IN THE WORLD AND ALSO SAID GARY BETTMAN IS THE SMARTEST MAN HE HAS EVER MET,OH YES WE CAN TRUST I DON’T HAVE CLUE ABOUT HOCKEY MR.BURKE HE HAS KILLED THAT TEAM PLEASE BELL&ROGERS THE OWERSHIP WAKE UP AND FIRE THIS YANK

  7. GHT120 says:

    Asking a GM if they have a deal “made” in the midst of a lockout is just short of like asking someone if they have stopped beating their [ husband/wife/son/daughter/dog ]. There is no right answer to the second question; yes means you had been and no means you still are. At least a GM can say “no”. Even if a deal eventually is made doesn’t mean it was agreed to when the question was asked. We also have to remember that they had the summer to talk before the lockout was called.

    That said, all that is in the abstract; I never believe a single word that comes out of Burke’s mouth unless there is independent confirmation.

  8. Bill Placzek says:

    Sanity takes the forefront, by Burke not discussing possible trades.
    You have to wonder though about a Luongo move. If the kid goaler falters, gets injured, you have Luongo and his contract providing a tremendous bench replacement.
    The question remains return.
    The Canucks are in need of more prospects because they don’t have a large number, but I am fairly certain they want a player who can help now too.
    I actually very curious to see what Vancouver IS able to get in return, due to the length & price of that Luongo contract.
    Will we see desperation from the team acquiring Luongo?
    Or 29 teams viewing the Canuck trade demands as ho-hum, dream on, for that contract…

  9. Dynamo45 says:

    I remember Burkie ” Emphatically” stating that ” Luke Schenn will not be traded, not while I’m here anyway”…

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