Burke awaits NHL offers

MIKE ZEISBERGER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:16 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- The calls have flooded in at record pace.

From the moment Anaheim Ducks chief executive Michael Schulman sent a letter to the NHL giving the the green light for Brian Burke to pursue other options Friday, the inquiries have come in hot and heavy concerning the availability of the former Ducks and Vancouver Canucks general manager.

But as of last night, it wasn't the Toronto Maple Leafs knocking at his door.

Nor was it the Chicago Blackhawks, Ottawa Senators or Boston Bruins, for that matter.

No, it has primarily been curious members of the press who have kept Burke busy for the past 48 hours.

"In my entire life, my phone has never rang this much," Burke said last night from Orange County, California.

"And it's all been from the media.

"So far, there have been no teams that have called as of yet."

One of Burke's representatives did contact the Leafs, but that was just to inform the team of his client's status and to let them know the door was open for future discussions.

Talks should heat up in the coming days.

There will be no shortage of teams kicking his tires, with the Leafs expected to lead the charge.

Burke will not come out and say it, but from the moment he stepped down from his position with the Ducks Wednesday, sources insisted the Leafs were the ideal future fit.

He has long been rumoured to take over the Leafs' post.

Peter Gall, Burke's Vancouver-based lawyer, said the other day there is no schedule for negotiations to take place, adding the process "will take some time."


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