Speculation if Leafs GM Brian Burke was tipped off about a lockout, latest on Alex Edler’s injury status, Canadiens backup goalie Peter Budaj works out in Denver, and former Flames coach Brent Sutter avoids recent Canadian beef scare.


Was Burke “tipped off” about NHL lockout?

TORONTO SUN: Steve Simmons recently speculated if the inactivity this summer of Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke was tied to inside knowledge there would be an NHL lockout.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sorry, but that’s just unfounded speculation, and besides, it’s not as though the possibility of a lockout was a secret. The real reason Burke didn’t do much in the off-season (apart from trading Luke Schenn for James van Riemsdyk)  was the lack of available talent to address his club’s primary needs. There aren’t any top line centers available via free agency and no one was shopping any. The asking price for Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo was reportedly too rich for Burke’s blood, plus Luongo would prefer a trade back to the Florida Panthers.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Jason Botchford suggests Alexander Edler’s ongoing back problems could have an impact upon his contract talks with the Canucks. Edler will be eligible for UFA status next summer.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens backup goalie Peter Budaj is spending the lockout working out in Denver, Colorado, where he makes his off-season home.

CALGARY SUN: Former Flames head coach and current cattle rancher Brent Sutter narrowly avoided the current tainted beef scare in Canada, having sold his calves four days before the recall.