Burke Reveals Standards, Updates Zeno’s Paradox

Burke stated that the Leafs had no interest in the two-time 50 goal scorer, largely because of the way he has chosen to handle his trade request. “We’re not going to be in on that,” Burke stated.  “He’s a good player but I have certain guidelines on how players ask for trades. [...] When you have players come ask you for a trade, I tell the players ‘don’t finish that sentence,’ because once you ask, I’m going to move you,” Burke stated.  “If a player wants out, you’re darn right I’m going to move you.” [That's pretty clear. Call it Rule #1. "If you ask for a trade, I will trade you, provided you finish the sentence."] “I’m not kissing anyone’s ass to play in my town, so to hell with you, don’t finish the sentence.” [Okay. I guess that's Rule #1a: "...but I hate you now."] My second rule is if I hear about this, you’re not going anywhere.” [Rule #2: "However, if you tell anybody else that you want a trade, and I hear about it, I will not trade you. Instead, I will make your life a living hell."] While Burke stated that he has no problem with players requesting a trade [But, see Rule #1a above.]he was unhappy with Heatley’s decision to go public with his request, thus making Senators’ general manager Bryan Murray’s chances of moving the sniper extremely difficult. ”For a player to pop off and say he wants out or leak it (to the media), in my mind you are now no longer interested in your team. […which, per rule #2 above, you will play for until your contract expires, because of rule #1a above.]

Original story at TSN – Leafs GM Torches Heatley.