Brian Burke Reveals Insider Perspective On Upcoming Maple Leafs Trade With The Calgary Flames

Julien Trekker
November 23, 2023  (4:51 PM)

Brian Burke, a renowned figure in the hockey world and former GM of the Maple Leafs, recently made an appearance on the Leafs Nation show to offer valuable insights into an upcoming trade discussion between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Calgary Flames.


Brian Burke Shares Insights on Potential Trade Between the Leafs and the Flames

The main point of the interview centered on the ongoing trade speculations between the Maple Leafs and Flames, particularly concerning Flames' defensemen. While the name Nikita Zadorov has surfaced, the Flames have also mentionned their willingness to part ways with defensemen Noah Hanifin and Chris Tanev.
With the Leafs GM Brad Treliving history with the Flames, fans can only hope this will help negotiations.
When questioned about whether this transition could facilitate trade negotiations with his former team, Burke shared his perspective:
"You'd like to think you have superior knowledge, it's a team you worked for and you think you know their players. I can still tell you any player I had in Pittsburgh, I can still tell you everything you wanna know about him, if he's still there I can tell you everything you wanna know about him...

I think Connie (Craig Conroy) has the same body of knowledge so you're dealing with two guys with equal knowledge, and Craig Conroy is new at this, but he's a real good guy, he's a real smart guy, and I think he'll do a good job. It gives you an advantage that you both know everything that there is about these players, it might be simpler in some cases to make a fit, rather than thinking you have superior knowledge [over the other GM]"

Burke's Recommendations for the Maple Leafs


Burke emphasized the importance of the Maple Leafs defining clear roles for any player they acquire. Properly assigning roles to their defensemen is crucial for getting the best out of the players.
"The key is getting these defenseman the right seat at the table, it's a phrase that Tre used to use when I was working there. You want everyone at the right seat at the table, so you do have a number one defenseman, you do have a number two defenseman, you do have a number three defenseman, you do have a number four defenseman."

He also talked about the importance of having a plan to extend the contracts of any players acquired through trades. According to Burke, if the Maple Leafs acquire players through trades but allow them to depart during the offseason, they essentially lose valuable assets for nothing.
"I think they got to make sure they got to sign them both if they're going to pay any kind of meaningful price. You have to have some agreement that they're going to sign or else why bother?"

The question that remains is the specific course of action the Maple Leafs will take. With the team's pressing defensive needs, especially in light of John Klingberg's potential season-long absence, a significant decision looms.
You can watch the full interview with Brian Burke here:
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Brian Burke Reveals Insider Perspective On Upcoming Maple Leafs Trade With The Calgary Flames

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