In fact, no deal of any kind for Brian Burke, it appears, with one hour to go until his first draft as GM of the Maple Leafs.
A deal with Boston that would have brought Phil Kessel and a pick to the Leafs is apparently off, and so are any of the deals that would have moved the Leafs up in the draft.
So much talk, but only frustration, apparently, for Burke and the Leafs. As it stands, the Leafs will pick seventh overall, and could be looking at either OHL speedster Nazem Kadri or Swedish blueliner Oliver Ekman-Larson.
With less than three hours to go before the 2009 entry draft, the Maple Leafs are still working on separate deals that could see the club acquire wingers Phil Kessel and Ryane Clowe.
The Clowe deal with San Jose may be in jeopardy, with the Sharks possibly working on another trade that would see goalie Evgeny Nabokov moved.
Boston, meanwhile, is expected to either formalize an offer within the hour for defenceman Tomas Kaberle that would see Kessel and a draft pick go to the Leafs, or that deal will fall apart.
Leaf GM Brian Burke would be just as happy to wait until after July 1st to see what offers materialize for Kaberle after free agent Jay Bouwmeester is snapped up.
As of now, the Leafs do not have a trade in place that would see him move up from the No. 7 draft slot.
The Maple Leafs are seriously looking at a Tomas Kaberle-for-Phil Kessel deal.
But it would not involve the Leafs also sending the No. 7 pick in tonight's entry draft to the Bruins.
TSN broke the story this morning that the Bruins had offered the 21-year-old Kessel to the Leafs to land Kaberle, which was bang-on. But the TSN report also included the seventh pick, and multiple sources say this morning the Leafs would not give up the No. 7 selection to make that deal happen. In fact, the Leafs might be the team getting the extra pick in such a transaction.
Burke, the boss of the U.S. Olympic team, clearly loves Kessel, who scored 36 goals in only 70 games this season and produced another six goals in 11 playoff games after being scratched for three of seven post-season matches the year before.
The University of Minnesota product would immediately become the Leafs' top winger, although he is a restricted free agent this summer and is the type of player who might be vulnerable to an offer sheet.
But consider this.
Kessel, if acquired, would give the Leafs much more useful ammunition to move up in the draft, possibly to the No. 3 slot (Colorado) or No. 4 (Atlanta). That would get the Leafs into the territory of Matt Duchene/Evander Kane/Brayden Schenn, unless John Tavares still happens to be available after the top two picks.