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Burke Still Searching For #1 Center

from Damien Cox of The Spin,

Mike Richards would have been an awfully nice fit at centre for the Maple Leafs.

Jeff Carter less so - more of a shooter - but still pretty good.

Alas, the frustration for Brian Burke is on the day the Flyers moved both, he got shut out on both.

Richards, a more expensive, 2011 version of Doug Gilmour, you could argue, was the one Burke bid hardest on. But, from a Leaf perspective, at least Los Angeles likely won’t be in the bidding for Brad Richards now that they’ve got Mike Richards, the former Philly captain.

If Brad Richards now wants the big money and the long term, it looks like he’ll have to get it from the Rangers or the Leafs. Anywhere else, he’ll have to go for a discount. This we know; he won’t wave his no-trade, so he’ll be free and open to offers on July 1st.

And the Leafs will be making him an offer.

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Filed in: NHL Teams, Columbus Blue Jackets, Los Angeles Kings, Philadelphia Flyers, Toronto Maple Leafs, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: jeff+carter, mike+richards

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HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

Gotta say, with Oilers showing interest at the deadline in Schenn and Philly landing him ANd the 8th overall pick, is it a stretch that the Mad Scientist might try to make a play to get RNH?

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 06/23/11 at 10:31 PM ET

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philly may look crazy today, but they are not crazy enough to have dealt richards or carter to the east… plus toronto really does not have much of value to trade; contrary to what toronto fans believe.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 06/23/11 at 10:45 PM ET

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The last thing hockey needs is Brian Burke telling Mike Richards to be more ‘truculent’ all day every day. Think he already has that covered.

Posted by steviesteve on 06/23/11 at 10:59 PM ET

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contrary to what toronto fans believe.

Toronto fans believe they have a lot of trade value?  None of them do where I live, which by the way is Toronto.

Posted by Garth on 06/24/11 at 01:43 AM ET

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DarrenDreger tweeted: Flyers asked for Kadri and Kulemin from the Leafs for Mike Richards. Toronto said they would consider it, but never heard back from Phi.

Posted by JBM on 06/24/11 at 04:07 AM ET

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Man if those are the two players that Philly asked for I would have done that deal in a heart beat. I’m not a Leafs fan but that seems like a pretty good deal to me.

Posted by detroitdan1982 from St. John's, NL on 06/24/11 at 10:26 AM ET

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