Just Say "No" To Free Agents

PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 22: General manager Brian Burke of the Toronto Maple Leafs speaks on stage during Round One of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft at Consol Energy Center on June 22, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

All the cool kids are doing it, even Brian Burke. As transcribed by Alec Brownscombe at Maple Leafs Hot Stove, Burke spoke yesterday in Prince Edward Island at the Special Olympics Festival, and had a few interesting quips about this summer:

"With the salary cap and the new collective bargaining agreement that’s coming up, I don’t know what our plans are for filling out our roster," Burke told the large gathering at Credit Union Place.

"Free agency starts on July 1, it’s a really thin group.

"Teams are locking all these quality players up now, so the group that is getting to the market is thin, it’s shallow. There are really two high-end players and that’s about it, (Nashville defenceman) Ryan Suter and (New Jersey forward) Zach Parise.

"I don’t think we are going to be in on either one of them."

Here's hoping that he also doesn't spend more than a million dollars on some depth player whose services might be easily replaced by some AHL plug.

Follow me over the jump for more. Happy Thursday, everyone.

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