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Another quick hit in the world of trade talks as we wind down towards the deadline; Sportsnet reports that Burke is meeting with the Blue Jackets’ Scott Howson in New York City.

From Daren Millard over Twitter:

Sportsnet can confirm Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke meet with Columbus GM Scott Howson this morning at a NYC hotel. Full story on snet.ca soon

The first thing that will cross anyone’s mind is a potential Rick Nash deal, but with Grabovski’s future up in the air, I wouldn’t be surprised if this meeting is focused on Jeff Carter. We have no way of knowing, of course, unless Sportsnet can leak more information later.

Keep an eye on this.

Update from Sportsnet.ca (Glove tap to Declan):

Sportsnet can confirm that Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke met with Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson this morning at a New York City hotel.

Burke was in New York for an HBO taping when he ran into Howson and the two managers decided to talk over breakfast.

As reported earlier, Damien Cox confirmed the Leafs were on a short list provided by Rick Nash to the Blue Jackets of teams that he would consider waiving his no-trade clause for

It is believed any deal between Toronto and Columbus would have to include a combination of players that could include Nazem Kadri, Luke Schenn, Nikolai Kulemin and possibly James Reimer.