Patience, please, in Leafs search

GARY LOEWEN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:09 AM ET

Guess we need to be patient.

Just let Maple Leaf Splurge on Executives Ltd. do its behind-the-scenes work before eventually getting around to hiring Brian Burke as the Colangelo of Hockey Operations.

The MLSEL search committee -- Richard Peddie, Gordon Kirke and O.J. Simpson -- is grinding into gear (the clutch, boys, use the clutch!) after a rather long layoff, which followed a fruitless summertime hunt for a new hockey boss.

You, like O.J., might well ask, "What's the holdup?"

Seems Burke, who parted ways with the Anaheim Ducks last week and who has long been rumoured as the No. 1 target in the hunt for the real Leafs GM, has a busy agenda.

His wife has some work to do in Vancouver.

He, meantime, has something to get out of his system -- an urge for a hunting trip. For ducks, apparently.

And maybe there's hope for a competing offer that might fatten MLSEL's package.

Other observations as California Schemin' continues:

1) Mats Sundin met Burke during the sunburned Swede's Hollywood sojourn. Burke still was with the Ducks and apparently had interest in signing the free agent.

Sundin found Anaheim to his liking. Other than the sunshine, the warm surf, the great cuisine and the absence of reindeer, it reminded him of his homeland.

But Burke must have known he was on his way out. So what might he have told Sundin to warn him off Anaheim?

And what might Sundin, miffed at the Leafs for trying to trade him, have told Burke to warn him off Toronto?

2) Richard Peddie, CEO of MLSEL, is scheduled to go to Los Angeles this week for a Major League Soccer meeting.

"It's ironic," the soccer meeting happens to be in L.A., Peddie was quoted as saying.

It's not "ironic." Perhaps, Peddie has been listening to too much Alanis Morissette, don't ya think?

It's simply coincidence.

Feeling flushed

Yesterday was World Toilet Day, and people are asked to think about conserving water.

Did you know the average person spends three years of his life on the john?

In A.J. Burnett's case, two of those years were 2006 and 2007.

Doubting Tomas

Leafs defenceman Tomas Kaberle gets a bit cranky when asked why he doesn't shoot more (28 shots, 19 games).

It was one of his "down" nights Monday against the Bruins -- no shots on net, a couple others that were blocked or sailed harmlessly wide.

And some of his passes rivalled the Trent Edwards highlight reel, same night, other channel.

Kaberle says there is no point in shooting if the shooting lanes aren't there.

Funny how the lanes happen to be open for his defence partners.

On the flipside, Kaberle has just two penalty minutes. Lady Byng, here we come.


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