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Why Leafs won't sign Bouwmeester

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07:24 AM ET 05.29 | Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke laughs at all the rumours about his team, even if he can't address them. He has heard the stories that he is prepared to sign the Sedin twins, Jay Bouwmeester, Michael Cammalleri and just about every other breathing free agent of quality come July 1. If the Leafs go big-money on a free agent, it may be for a defenseman. And don't bet on the defenseman being Bouwmeester. Burke has been critical in the past of his fellow managers overpaying for defensemen. Burke says that having signed Scott Niedermayer and traded for Chris Pronger, both of whom are going to the Hall of Fame, and built a Stanley Cup champion around them in Anaheim. The thing about Bouwmeester is, no one really knows how good he is or how adaptable he would be to a high-pressure market such as Toronto. The Leafs probably will monitor the Bouwmeester sweepstakes, may even make an offer for him, but would be more suitable to go after Mike Komisarek, coming off a lost season in Montreal.

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