Toronto Maple Leafs trade speculation just became even hotter.
Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke went on the Bill Watters Show on AM640 today and confirmed that he has received to legitimate trade offers.
"We are flexible, we have cap space, we have budget space," said Burke while talking to Watters. "I'd say we haven't even gotten a sniff until the last two days. It's finally starting to heat up...we got two solid hits."
Burke then continued on, saying that he and Dave Nonis are not going to rush into making a trade. When asked about the possibility of adding a $5-6 million player, Burke said that it is definitely a possibility, citing that that was one of the reasons Jeff Finger was sent to the American Hockey League.
Ken Beckett of HockeyBuzz.com confirmed that the Maple Leafs had a scout at the Montreal Canadiens game against the Phoenix Coyotes on Monday night. He also reminded his Twitter followers that it was just last weekend when ESPN Boston reported that Blake Wheeler and Matt Hunwick of the Boston Bruins are being shopped around the league.
Beckett said that he spoke to the Leafs GM tonight, who claimed that he does not intend make either trade, but that he is encouraged that there has been movement.
However, trade offers are not the only thing Burke talked about during the interview with Watters. The always vocal Burke didn't shy away from sharing his opinion on the struggling Dion Phaneuf.
"It's admirable that what he's doing is trying to play a larger role when the team needs him most, but that's not we want, we want to stay within our team game," said Burke about Phaneuf.
The first year captain has played in all seven games, recording three assists while going minus-5.
Tyler Bozak, who is also struggling, was also a focal point for Burke.
"I think the coach sat down Tyler Bozak about 30 minutes after I wanted to," said Burke when asked about Bozak being benched during parts of the third period last Thursday against the Rangers.
Bozak has also played in all seven games, assisting on three goals while going minus-2.
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