Fates in Burke's hands

STEVE BUFFERY

, Last Updated: 8:17 AM ET

The players were low key yesterday about the official arrival of new president and general manager Brian Burke.

The general consensus in the dressing room prior to last night's game was that any decisions the new GM makes are out of their hands, so there's no point worrying about trades or anything of that nature.

"We haven't really even talked about it too much in the room. Obviously guys know. But we talk about who we're playing and our task at hand, which was the big game (last night) and the road trip coming up," said centre Matt Stajan. "He's coming in with the plan and we're going to just try to work hard and see if we fit in."

Stajan was asked if there was "a buzz" in the dressing room with the arrival of Burke.

"We have a hockey game to play and, as players, that's what we're focused on," he said. "I know you guys (the media) are making all the buzz. It's Toronto, so you expect it. But it is big news, it's a new era for sure. It's a big day in Leafs Nation."

THE CIRCUS IS IN TOWN

Head coach Ron Wilson brushed aside suggestions that leaving for a three-game west coast road trip gives his team a chance to get away from the Toronto media circus.

"Well, you guys travel with us, so it's a travelling circus," he said, with a laugh. "We don't get away from it. It's nice that all the other coaches in the league get to experience you guys, although not on a regular basis, but at least once or twice they get to see what it's all about. Any of the teams that come here, they're shocked at the attention."

HISTORY IN THE MAKING

Forward Andre Deveaux, who played his second game with the Leafs yesterday after being called up from the Marlies this week, said it does feel special being the first Bahamian to play an NHL game, when he suited up in Ottawa on Thursday.

"I had no clue until someone told me, but it's pretty cool to be part of history," he said yesterday. "It's awesome to be the first to do anything."

Deveaux was born in the Bahamas, but moved to Canada when he was three and started playing hockey in Welland when he was five.


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