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by Paul on 07/04/11 at 11:44 PM ET
from Michael Traikos of the National Post,
Insults, taunts, slurs — he takes them all with a grain of salt. But when a Toronto columnist criticized the GM’s decision to visit the Canadian troops in Afghanistan on the same day that NHL free agency began last week, Burke said Monday he was “deeply offended.”
“They ask you to go,” said Burke, who was joined on the trip by Leafs defenceman Luke Schenn. “It’s not like you call them and say, ‘Hey, it would be good PR if I went to Afghanistan.’ I didn’t tell anyone I went and I didn’t talk to anyone when I got back. I did it because it was the right thing to do.”
In a Toronto Sun column, Steve Simmons wrote that Burke affected the team’s ability to sign prized free agent Brad Richards by not being in Toronto.
Along with several other teams, the Leafs sent a management team consisting of vice-president of hockey operations Dave Nonis, assistant general manager Claude Loiselle and special advisor Cliff Fletcher to personally meet with Richards and his agent in Mississauga on July 1. While Burke was not physically there, he said he was in direct communication with his staff.
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