Tomorrow, as hockey-agent cell phones light up, as the sports networks gear up for a marathon of camera to blackberry to camera drama, and the blogosphere cranks out a thousand words a minute about trades that may or may not happen, Brian Burke, GM of the Maple Leafs, will not be doing his job.
No exclusively, anyway.
Instead, Burke will spend the next few days in Afghanistan with Canadian troops. Sure, he's a phone call away but for some it will seem strange that he's on the other side of the world doing charitable work during one of the most important weekends of the year for the National Hockey League.
Last time he was away for UFA day we ended up with Komisarek.