So I'm guessing that 'Eklund' is the source of the Kovalchuk-to-Toronto rumour article posted by Muppet.
Which means the quote isn't real and there is zero chance of it ever happening. Burke wouldn't want the guy anyway; he's not truculent. Which means he'd probably fit right in.
Anyway.... it wasn't my own brilliance that led me to the answer, but the always must-read DownGoesBrown.
Click here for the latest from DGB on the Kovalchuk rumour. Avoid electrical appliance operation whilst reading the Habs rationale as the LOLZ!!1! will produce enough tears of laughter to flood the Canal many times over.