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Burke authoritatively sets record straight on Hamilton trade rumors

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 25: Calgary Flames defenseman Dougie Hamilton (27) starts the puck up ice during a regular season NHL game between the Boston Bruins and the Calgary Flames on November 25, 2016, at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Flames defeated the Bruins 2-1.(Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)
(Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

Is there a better quote in hockey than Flames President of Hockey Operations Brian Burke?

Doubtful.

He delivered more golden material Wednesday afternoon during an appearance on Leafs Lunch on Toronto’s TSN 1050 when he was asked about the Dougie Hamilton trade rumors that have been floating around, and whether or not the Flames were at least listening to trade proposals on this player.

“Well, no,” said Burke. “Let’s step back. This is one where it’s very frustrating when you have to deal with leaks. And as soon as one of the teams that’s in the mix in the leaks is the Toronto Maple Leafs, now it’s an army of leakers. An army of people who have no goddamn idea what they’re talking about, who’ll happily go on and say, ‘The Toronto Maple Leafs are doing this and they’re in on that.’

“This is one where we think we can trace the leak. We got a call. Our GM got a call. Brad Treliving is the GM. Tre got a call from a team who shall remain nameless, at least for now. If this goes on much further, I’m probably not going to remain nameless. They said, ‘Would you move Dougie Hamilton.’ And Tre said no.

“We expended a tremendous amount of assets to get this player. We’re really happy with him. He’s a quality guy. He’s 6-foot-5, he weighs 237 pounds, he’s a right shot, he skates like a deer, and he’s a good hockey player.”

Then, in his most sarcastic Burkian tone, said: “Yeah. Let’s move him. Let’s get rid of him. It’s not hard to get guys like that. ”

Burke continued.

“So we told this team – and by the way, the offer they made was insulting. So we told the team, ‘No, we’re not moving him and next time you have an idea that stupid, just save the quarter. Don’t go to the payphone.’

“That team started telling teams, ‘Yeah, we made an offer on Hamilton.’

“Now, it’s a rumor. It’s got legs, right. Someone’s like, ‘Well, they must be moving him.’

“We haven’t offered him to anyone. We don’t intend to move him.

McKenzie: ‘Calgary is definitely listening on Dougie Hamilton’

“Now, you say ‘If you got the right offer.’ Okay, if someone offers us 20 first round picks are we making that deal? Probably. Wayne Gretzky got traded. But the difference between listening and listening attentively and shopping – those are different things.

“So would you listen? Yes. It’s your job to listen. Is he a guy that we intend to move? Not a chance. Is he a guy that we think will move? Not a chance.”

Source: TSN 1050

For reference: Covering the Insiders

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