Anaheim Ducks GM Brian Burke lent some insight into his deadline doings by publishing a diary for “USA Today”. {http://www.usatoday.com/sports/hockey/nhl/ducks/2007-03-01-burke-diary_x.htm}

One of the more interesting notes is that New York Rangers President/GM Glen Sather showed some interest in defenseman Shane O’Brien.  The significance of that interest is that Burke was looking to move O’Brien for a first round draft pick that he could use as trade bait elsewhere.  One has to wonder if Sather was willing, at some point, to move a first rounder pick for O’Brien or was he just looking for a bargain.

On February 20, Burke wrote that Sather told him he had “…a good offer for Aaron Ward from another team.”  This tidbit predates some of the articles that were written about the problems between Ward and captain Jaromir Jagr.  It also brings up a question of whether Sather wanted to include Ward in a package for O’Brien in his previous discussions with Burke.  There might be something to that idea because Burke did talk to the Los Angeles Kings about Mattias Norstrom, but the Southern California rivalry between the Ducks and Kings put the kibosh on those trade talks.

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