Leafs general manager Brian Burke called in to TSN just after noon today and said he had nothing on the frontburner and nothing on the backburner so far as trades are concerned.
Aaaaand cue the awkwardness.
Burke did eventually comment on a couple of subjects (you knew he would):
—- He won’t trade C Mikhail Grabovski, a pending UFA, as he believes the two sides will be able to get a deal done. (Plus it would be pretty hard to give up his third-leading scorer as the Leafs battle to make the playoffs.)
—- He received a good offer for G James Reimer, but “turned it down flat.” (Hardly a suprise. There’s no big reason to believe Reimer can’t be a good goalie down the road. The question is, does Burke bring in a vet like Evgeni Nabokov as a temporary stopgap?)
PHT Morning Skate: Shane Doan takes a (friendly) shot at the Miracle on Ice
The Pittsburgh Penguins ended a long run of playoff overtime struggles on Wednesday … and are now one win away from ending the Washington Capitals’ season.
Many expected the Penguins to crater on defense without Kris Letang (they were 2-8-1 in the regular season without him). While there were shaky moments, Pittsburgh emphasized its speed and other strengths in taking a 3-2 overtime thriller against Washington.
With that, the Penguins’ series lead grows to 3-1.
Trevor Daley, traded to Blackhawks for Sharp & Johns and to #Pens for Scuderi (who was flipped to LA for Ehrhoff) played 28:41 in G4 W.