Burke talks Habs, Luongo
No compensation for Dudley move
LOUIS-ANDRE LARIVIERE, QMI Agency
|Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke. (REUTERS)
SHAWINIGAN, QUE. - Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke has put an old rivalry aside for a moment to praise the Montreal Canadiens staff.
"I think the biggest compliment I can give Marc Bergevin is that I wish the Canadiens had hired someone else (as general manager)," Burke said in an interview with TVA Sports.
"I think he will do a great job. He is a great judge of talent and I'm happy for him."
Bergevin, 46, who had been the assistant GM of the Chicago Blackhawks, was hired May 2.
Since then, he has dipped into the Maple Leafs front office, hiring Rick Dudley as assistant GM.
Burke also had kind words for Dudley, calling him one of hockey's top recruiters.
The Leafs gave Bergevin permission to talk with Dudley and received no compensation except for an assurance that the new hire wouldn't have any input for the Canadiens on draft day.
Burke said he believes teams should be compensated upon losing a front-office employee or a coach. Burke said he gave up second-round draft picks when he hired coaches Marc Crawford (1998 in Vancouver) and Randy Carlyle (2005 in Anaheim).
"I've been pushing for that for a while," Burke said. "I believe that if one organization has been good at identifying people and training them they should be compensated with draft picks."
Burke also addressed talk that the Leafs might be interested in trading for Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo, saying he wanted to calm the speculation.
"There has not been significant discussion (with the Canucks) about that player," Burke said.
Luongo, 33, has told the Canucks he would open to being traded.