Brian Burke rumors. Update.

Not a rumor, but a fact…

A team spokesperson says the reason Burke lets Senior VP of hockey ops Bob Murray handle all discussions with the Toronto Maple Leafs is to avoid any evidence of impropriety. The question stemmed from speculation that Burke would leave the Ducks to be the Maple Leafs’ general manager at the end of this season — and if Burke would make any deals between his current team and potential future club to benefit the Leafs at the Ducks’ expense.

While the speculation is public knowledge, that’s quite an acknowledgment on Burke’s part of the reality (or perhaps the surreality) of the situation. It’s not unprecedented; Burke does not personally negotiate with the Edmonton Oilers (click here and here for a refresher).

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.

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