Leafs Report

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 9:29 AM ET

TRADING RESPECT

Brian Burke's self-imposed trade deadline yesterday came and went without a move, but that's not why the Maple Leafs general manager is becoming a popular guy in the dressing room.

The NHL's holiday roster freeze does not go into effect until Dec. 19, lasting until Dec. 27, but Burke told the Leafs they would be safe if they made it to Dec. 9 without being moved.

"It just goes to show he cares about his players," defenceman Mike Komisarek said. "He approached a couple of us a week or so ago and said, 'Listen, I know the league has its deadline, but I have mine. You guys have my word no one will get traded (after).' But we knew we had to pick it up too.

"He's a straightforward, honest GM. Guys respect and value that."

MISS YA, JOHNNY

New York Islanders rookie John Tavares was sad at the thought of not playing for Canada in the world junior championship later this month in Saskatchewan.

"Actually, yeah, a little bit," the Oakville native said. "Just the whole excitement about it. It was so much fun, some of the best times of my life. But I'm happy in New York and playing in the NHL."

Tavares was instrumental in Canada's gold-medal win last year in Ottawa, and helped Canada win gold in the Czech Republic two years ago.

RUSTY B'S

The Bruins have not played since waxing the Leafs last Saturday


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