Burke makes some calls

ROB LONGLEY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 2:01 PM ET

There were no offers made and no serious talk, but Brian Burke has followed up on the message he delivered so passionately to the media yesterday.

The Maple Leafs president and general manager told Sun Media today that he has already been in touch with both New York Islanders manager Garth Snow and Tampa Bay Lightning counterpart Brian Lawton.

As owners of the top two picks in the NHL entry draft this June in Montreal, those two gentlemen can expect to hear a lot more from Burke in the weeks ahead as he bids to secure London Knights scoring sensation, John Tavares.

"Intro-type calls," Burke told Sun Media when asked the nature of his conversation.

There was no surprise from either Snow or Lawton after Burke yesterday made it clear that he covets Tavares, an Oakville native who is rated as the top North American prospect by NHL Central Scouting.

After Tuesday night's draft lottery, it was determined that the Islanders and Lightning will select one and two while the Leafs have secured the No. 7 spot. Burke understands that it will take some work -- possibly with the involvement of other other teams -- but intends to pull out all the stops to have a shot at Tavares, who begins Ontario Hockey League semi-final play this week.

Snow isn't playing his hand yet, but when asked by several different media outlets, has not said that he won't listen to offers from teams looking to trade up.

"The way (Burke) does his business is polar opposite to me," Snow told radio station AM640. "I'm not going to get on a soap box."


Videos

Photos