Brian Burke is expected to receive a proposal from the Maple Leafs by Monday.
That is, if he hasn't already.
Speculation has run rampant that Burke could be inked by the end of the weekend, although next week seems to be a more realistic target according to a source close to the talks. Talks continue, with certain aspects -- autonomy and term among them -- having already been touched upon.
Various reports said the Leafs are prepared to present Burke with a three- to five-year contract. It has been suggested the deal was worth between $3 million US and $5 million US per season, although the latter figure seems high.
THE DOCTORS' OFFICE
Just 24 hours after leaving Lakeshore Lions Arena with a walking cast on his left leg, defenceman Carlo Colaiacovo (bruised left foot) missed practice yesterday.
But according to coach Ron Wilson, he should be available when the Leafs meet the Chicago Blackhawks at the Air Canada Centre tonight.
"Carlo has had x-rays and a CAT Scan and there is no evidence of anything," Wilson said. "If he can deal with the pain he should be ready to go."
If he can't answer the bell, Swedish defenceman Jonas Frogren will get the call.
Meanwhile forward Nik Antropov also was a no-show for the team's late-morning workout but Wilson said he should be fine to play.
Forward Ryan Hollweg won't need one of those stick-on moustaches for Wendel Clark Night tonight. He's grown one of his own.
"I knew it was coming," Hollweg said. "I knew there was a lot of work to do because he has a pretty good 'stache. I just wanted to get on it early in preparation for (tonight)."
The Maple Leafs host the Chicago Blackhawks tonight at 7 p.m. at the Air Canada Centre. Clark's No. 17 will be hoisted to the rafters as part of a pre-game ceremony.
The Blackhawks have won the first two games of their six-game road swing, defeating Phoenix 3-2 in a shootout before disposing of the Dallas Stars 6-3 Thursday night.