Burke deal getting close

STEVE SIMMONS AND MIKE ZEISBERGER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:41 AM ET

When Brian Burke parted ways with the Anaheim Ducks less than two weeks ago, he stated his goal was to be working again by U.S. Thanksgiving.

It appears he likely will get his wish.

With talks heating up between the two parties, a deal between the Leafs and Burke could very well be completed by Thursday -- which is Turkey Day south of the border. In fact, there is speculation that a resolution might come as early as today or tomorrow.

A source familiar with the negotiations said significant inroads have been achieved in the talks as the sides attempt to hammer out an agreement.

Burke spent a good chunk of his time yesterday flying from the west coast to Boston, where a number of his family members still live.

MOVING FORWARD

"We continue to move forward," Burke said upon landing in Boston, an acknowledgement that progress has been made in the attempts to woo him to Toronto as the next president/general manager of the Maple Leafs.

Burke is believed to have been contemplating a trip to Ontario to attend the service for the father of Chicago Blackhawks general manager Dale Tallon, who recently passed away.

The Blackhawks, who defeated the Leafs 5-4 in overtime at the Air Canada Centre Saturday, attended a wake in honour of Tallon's dad yesterday before flying out to Chicago later in the day.

If Burke is brought on board as expected, it will be interesting to see if he accompanies the Leafs on their coming West Coast swing. While the Leafs will not face the Ducks, his former team, they do have road dates against the Los Angeles Kings Dec. 1, San Jose Sharks Dec. 2 and Phoenix Coyotes Dec. 4.


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