Burke biding his time

MIKE ZEISBERGER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:46 AM ET

Thousands of kilometres from all the Toronto-based hysteria surrounding his alleged imminent appointment as Maple Leafs president, Brian Burke maintains he has "no time frame" for a deal to be consummated.

But talks between the two sides are expected to heat up this weekend. According to a source close to the negotiations, a resolution, if there is one, "likely will come next week."

That would fall in line with Burke's comments after he stepped down as Anaheim Ducks general manager last week. At that time, Burke said he would like to be working again by U.S. Thanksgiving which, for the record, is next Thursday,

HEATING UP?

Meanwhile Burke, speaking from the West Coast, insisted nothing happened yesterday nor does he expect anything today.

"My lawyer spent a lot of (yesterday) in Victoria and I know Gord Kirke (point man on the Leafs GM search committee) has been busy with other things too," Burke said.

Burke said his unexpected release by the Ducks from any lingering obligations with Anaheim last week left all parties off-guard.

"It's clear to me Anaheim's move cutting me loose caught us all by surprise," Burke said.

"(The Ducks) said I had to do the year. Then they discussed (with me) 30-60 days as a senior consultant. Even at the press conference for Bob Murray (taking over as GM), it was supposed to be one or two weeks."

Instead, the Ducks filed papers just a couple of days later allowing teams to negotiate with Burke without fear of tampering charges.

NO TIME FRAME

Asked about not having yet seen a proposal from the Leafs, Burke replied: "I'm not concerned or insulted. There is no time frame."

With Kirke and Peter Gall, Burke's Vancouver-based representative, finishing up previous pre-scheduled affairs, there have been preliminary discussions. To date, nothing has been agreed upon, nor has an offer been formally tabled.

That should happen in the coming days.


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