He says the entire team, bar Schenn, is available in a trade for the Isles' pick. I think the entire Laffs team, bar Schenn, still isn't worth Tavares. Burke's a mental case if he thinks he can get that pick WITHOUT including Schenn. And even with him, Burke doesn't have enough assets of any value, including his top three picks from this year, to add to a package for that first overall.
But really what do the leafs have to offer that they would want besides nothing?
3 1st Round Picks (09/10/11) plus Tlusty and Kaberle. Toronto gets the 1st Overall Pick and also takes the Yashin buyout back (somehow). Condition placed on Tavares that if he plays and win the Calder Trophy, New York also receives Toronto's 2nd Round Picks for 09, 10 and 11.
That would get it done. Who cares, Toronto still couldn't win a Cup with Tavares.
When you combine Brian Burke, who is probably the most pig headed GM in the game bar none, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. And the stupidity that is the Islanders and their ownership and management, I can actually see this happening.
I certainly wouldn't put it past Burke to make every effort to get the 1st pick, and I certainly woudln't put it past Wang and his cracker jack managerial team to trade it away for peanuts(or cracker jacks).
You never know what his plan is. The whole going after Tavares may be a smoke screen to get what he really wants. He gets everyone focused on that and a team feels like "Man NY almost gave him the pick for a+b+c+d+e" and they feel giving they're 3rd is worth it and Burke gets Schenn or even Hedman.
I doubt it, this is all obvious but the truth is the Leafs don't have a lot to give up to interest anyone so who gives a crap.
From listening to Burke on TSN he said he will find out which team wants Tavares and deal from there. According to Burke the Isles aren't necessarily going to pick Tavares. Doesn't matter anyway, I don't think he has a prayer in hell of acquiring Tavares, or Hedman.
Who cares? What GM in the top top 10-12, excluding the Isles, wouldn't go after Tavares?
Burke's a very good GM, but he loves to hear his own voice...his end of season press conference was Oscar worthy, he loves the attention.
If the Leafs get Tavares, good for them, make it happen...Tavares is no Crosby, Ovechkin or Malkin...he's a great prospect no doubt, but if any team wants to go trading important assets for...John Tavares...be my guest.
Guys like Crosby, Ovechkin and Malkin have changed the game, they've made the #1 overall pick almost priceless.