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12-14-2012, 07:42 AM
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I've read rumours to that effect. I've also heard it mentioned in the mainstream media from time to time, as speculation. Personally, the writing is on the wall IMO. 5 failed seasons out of 5 years, especially when choosing not to follow a traditional rebuild strategy, will be pretty hard to justify with new management. They perhaps want their own guy as well.
Tallon also said he's waiting for Gillis to phone him... For Tallon to even go to his own management to clear the contract, go ahead with the in person meeting, and even begin to talk shop when he has Markstrom in the pipeline, tells me what I need to know of his interest = it's there. Without a doubt. The level? Unsure. Time will tell. But he has in no way closed the door IMO.
Also, to the point of "direction". I doubt Tallon is foolish enough to think this. Any time a team's direction does not include adding an elite talent, at any position, they need to re-evaluate _fast_. It's not logical.
Finally, the FLA talk recently has died down because of the CBA and the two latest rumours involving EDM and TO. Their need also isn't as great as the two teams either, so there's no incentive to increase their offer, yet. Not until they start losing games. Which is why some VAN fans want Gillis to carry Luongo into the season, at least for 10 games, when team interest will become apparent. Who knows? Maybe at that time Tallon has a change of heart...
I think burke is safe right now and there are a couple reasons for that.
1 While I admit that burkes tenure has had it's share of rough patches I'd like to point out that MLSE gave the raptors GM a 2 year extension and his results haven't been much better. I see no reason to extend 1 and not the other.
2 Brian burke gave the coach a long term deal generally if your job is in danger that doesn't happen .
3. It took a LONG time but I see a team that is now just a couple peices away from being very good they went from old and slow to young and fast if burke adds luongo as many suspect he will this team if it can maintain the top 10 offense it had last year will win a lot of games.
4. The Leafs have millions coming off the cap at seasons end and that is WITH luongo .
Burke has the Leafs in a very strong cap position IMO he will get the chance to use that money
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