It wasn't a simple one-on-one trade, nosiree Bob. Burke had to deal with the Chicago Blackhawks, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Atlanta Thrashers. Somehow, Burke had to get two consecutive picks, convince the Sedins that Vancouver was a great place to play, and ensure that the Thrashers selected Patrick *cough*BUST!*cough* Stefan with the first overall pick.
It took just the right combination of bully tactics, bluffing, tact, and diplomacy for Burke to put all of the pieces together.
Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province talked to Brian Burke about all that went on in the moments preceding the drafting of the Sedinbots.
Tampa Bay held the first overall pick in the draft, which meant Burke had to convince GM Rick Dudley to part with it. It was tough.
"I had some difficult and profane conversations with him that night," recalled Burke. "I told him: 'Nobody is leaving with these kids except me.' And finally I told him we had two of the top four picks [third and fourth overall] and he said that [trade] hadn't come across yet.
"I said it was registered a couple of hours ago."
This trade was risky, but Burke managed to pull it off spectacularly. Failing to draft both Sedins would have been a big waste of resources, and the Canucks may have ended up with the players sandwiching the Sedins in that draft: Patrik Stefan and Pavel Brendl. *shudder*
Just to recap, here is the trifecta that Brian Burke pulled off in order to get the dynamic duo.
1. The wheeling and dealing began when Vancouver sent defenseman Bryan McCabe and a 2000 first-round pick to the Chicago Blackhawks (which became Pavel Vorobiev, who did next to nothing) for the fourth overall pick (which landed with the Rangers and became Brendl)
2. Brian Burke then sent the No. 4 selection and a pair of third-round picks to the Tampa Bay Lightning for the top overall pick.
3. Next, Vancouver sent the top pick to the expansion Atlanta Thrashers for the No. 2 selection and a conditional 2000 third-rounder. The deal was that the Thrashers would take Stefan, leaving the Canucks to take the Sedins in sequential order.
Really, who can resist a pair of Swedish twins?