Burke deal all but done

STEVE SIMMONS,SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 1:37 PM ET

Brian Burke is a signature -- and maybe a few minor points of negotiation -- away from being the next president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The deal isn't done but it should be shortly.

No official announcement is expected before the weekend.

Burke is currently in Boston spending the U.S. Thanksgiving weekend with his extended family.

After an optimistic Sunday and some difficult negotiations on Monday, Burke has been presented with a list of terms and conditions to be included in the contact but no formal offer sheet has been tendered by Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment. Lawyer Gord Kirke handled the initial negotiations for MLSEL but when it came close to closing the deal, CEO Richard Peddie was brought in to finish off.

The deal, according to TSN, would be for six years, at around $3 million per year, with signing and performance bonuses included.

Burke is expected to bring Dave Nonis, his former assistant in Vancouver and formerly the general manager of the Canucks, along with him to Toronto. Current general manager Cliff Fletcher is expected to maintain his consulting role with the Leafs for the remainder of his contract.

And in previous stops, Burke has not been known to blow up the front office, which means for now, special assistant Joe Nieuwendyk and assistant GM Jeff Jackson should be in safe in their jobs.


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