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Burke meets with USA execs

Tuesday, 12.15.2009 / 1:09 AM / All-Access Vancouver

NHL.com

Toronto Maple Leafs GM is multitasking this week at the Board of Governor Meetings in Pebble Beach, Calif.

Burke, who is also the GM for Team USA, met with the five other NHL GMs who make up the selection committee (David Poile of Nashville, Paul Holmgren of Philadelphia, Ray Shero of Pittsburgh, Don Waddell of Atlanta and Dean Lombardi of Los Angeles)
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With the 2010 Olympic Games just two months away, Burke is confident the majority of America's 23-man roster is in place. But there still are decisions to be made.

"Canada can be wrong on three or four players and it's not going to change their team," Burke told The Globe and Mail in Toronto. "We have to be right on every guy."

Team USA's roster, which will be named at Fenway Park on Jan .1 during the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, is expected to be relatively young. Many believe Canada will win the gold medal on home ice.

"Every dime in this tournament will be bet on Canada and Russia," Burke said. "No one is betting on us and that's okay. But we're there to win."