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Flames' Brian Burke speaks as trade deadline looms

Flames president of hockey operations Brian Burke is waiting by the phone as the NHL trade deadline...

Flames president of hockey operations Brian Burke is waiting by the phone as the NHL trade deadline approaches. (Al Charest/QMI Agency/Files)

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:28 PM ET

CALGARY - Flames president of hockey operations Brian Burke is waiting by the phone.

With less than 24 hours now remaining until the NHL's trade deadline, the Flames boss — his business card also includes acting GM, likely written in pencil as he searches for a replacement — told reporters Tuesday that he might have to play the waiting game until other dominoes fall.

“I think there’s a logjam that’s been presented or created by two, three, four players that’s going to paralyse the rest of the league,” Burke said, not naming names but likely referring to Thomas Vanek of the New York Islanders and Ryan Kesler of the Vancouver Canucks, among others.

“You’ll see other deals happening, but I think the hold-up for a high-end forward has kind of been deactivated by two, three, four players. I think we’re on the back-burner for a lot of teams right now.

“It doesn’t mean nothing’s going to happen, but that’s where we are today.”


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