On NHL Live on Tuesday, Anaheim Ducks' GM Brian Burke discussed a lot of current situations. Burke covered everything from Toronto GM rumors to the Draft and free agency. Two priorities for Ducks' fans that Burke discusses were Corey Perry and the Draft.
Regarding the Draft:
Ducks' fans look for a draft day deal or two for the Ducks.
“We’re looking at all different scenarios” Burke said “We like this draft."
Burke spoke like he is hoping to move from 12th overall and feels confident he could make a great draft day deal. The only other hint Burke tossed out is that he is looking at North Americans.
Burke, when asked if he would take Nikita Filatov if he is available at #12 said no and that he didn’t feel Filatov would be a good fit in the Ducks system.
Regarding free agent Corey Perry:
Burke made two important things clear for Corey Perry fans: Perry wants to stay in Anaheim and the Ducks are confident in signing him, but the waiting game is on.
Yes, a Dustin Penner situation could happen with the Ducks having other issues to handle before signing Perry, but Burke is very confident Perry will remain in a Ducks' uniform.
Burke was asked about arbitration and explained that was not an option. So rest assured Perry fans, Burke is doing all he can to keep Corey Perry. Even I feel slightly better now.