No draft-day magic from Leafs GM
ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency
Brian Burke knows he has a reputation for draft-day dramatics but the Maple Leafs general manager knows expectations sometimes get unrealistically high.
So it was a quiet opening day to the 2010 entry draft in Los Angeles, one in which Burke talked and listened, but ultimately sat on his hands.
“The problem is when you’ve had success at drafts before, people assume you’re going to do it every year,” Burke told reporters in Los Angeles, including QMI Agency’s Bruce Garrioch. “I hope our fans expectations weren’t that we were going to grab it out of a hat here. When you don’t have a high pick, it’s hard to get into the card game.
“We’ve got a couple of irons in the firs to see if we can get a second-rounder (on Saturday.)”
There was a chance for the Leafs to make a splash on Friday when a first-rounder was offered for a Leafs defenceman. In this case, it wasn’t veteran Tomas Kaberle but believed to be Luke Schenn.
“We didn’t consider it,” Burke said.
Neither did the team seriously ponder the four offers for Kaberle, whose no movement clause officially lifted when the draft began at 7 p.m. EST.
“Three we had to talk about, one was an insult,” Burke said. “It wasn’t an offer. The offers will either improve dramatically and we’ll have something to think about or we’ll keep the player. It’s not a case of taking the best offer, it’s a matter of getting an offer that meets our standards.
“It’s like fishing, there’s time when you’ve got to be patient,” Burke said. “Sometimes you’ve got to put your line in the water and wait.
“We got offers on Tomas that didn’t meet our standards.”
- with files from Bruce Garrioch