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Lots of questions for Burke as Ducks visit Toronto

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TSN.ca Staff
10/20/2008 3:10:02 PM
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Brian Burke's status will be the hot topic of discussion over the next couple of days as his Anaheim Ducks visit Toronto for a Tuesday night showdown with the Maple Leafs.

Burke, who is in the last year of his contract with the Ducks, has long been rumoured to be the top candidate for the general manager's job in Toronto held by interim executive Cliff Fletcher.

Burke is expected to meet with the media on Monday afternoon, however he did not give reporters any new information.

"I've got a great job," Burke told TSN.  "I work for wonderful owners, they've made a very generous offer on an extension but there's some family issues that we are trying to work through and there is no change from the summer."

Burke's position in Anaheim appears to be in limbo for the time being, as the league's suspension of Ducks co-owner Henry Samueli remains in effect. The NHL handed Samueli an indefinite suspension in June after he pleaded guilty to one count of lying to federal investigators about his role in a stock options scandal.

Adding more intrigue to Burke's arrival is a Globe and Mail report from two weeks ago that the NHL would keep an eye on potential player transactions between the Leafs and Ducks because of the possibility of Burke becoming the Leafs' next GM.

In an interview with The Sporting News, Burke was asked if he felt a trade between the two teams would represent a conflict of interest and he replied concisely. "All the discussions with Toronto are done by (senior vice-president of hockey operations) Bob Murray," Burke replied. "There are no issues there."

Sources told TSN earlier this month that the Maple Leafs made a strong pitch to acquire defenceman Mathieu Schneider as part of a package that included winger Bobby Ryan and a conditional first-round pick in the 2009 draft.  Burke re-iterated that if the deal was beneficial to his team he would not have hesitated to pull the trigger.

"There is no difference dealing with the Maple Leafs then a different team," Burke told TSN.  "If it makes sense for our club, we're going to do it, if it doesn't, we won't."

You can catch the game as part of a NHL on TSN double-header on Tuesday starting at 7pm et/4pm pt.  The Ducks and Maple Leafs game will be followed by the Calgary Flames hosting Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals.

Brian Burke (Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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