Should he stay or should he go?
Anaheim Ducks general manager Brian Burke isn't sure, but he expects to make a final decision about whether or not he'll sign a contract extension with the club by December.
Burke, who has a four-year deal with the Ducks that expires at the end of the 2008-09 NHL season, told reporters in Toronto Tuesday that it will be one of the most difficult decisions he's ever had to make.
"Our owners are entitled an answer [by December]. The hold-up is all on my end and I'm wrestling with it. I'm not an indecisive person. I make decisions easily and quickly, generally. This one's been a battle," Burke said.
Burke, 53, admitted he is considering a move back to the East Coast, where he has four children from a previous marriage. He said he travels back to see them every other weekend and that being based on the West Coast has put a strain on his family life.
"I've [also] got two little ones in California and I don't see either group enough. That's the principle concern," Burke said.
Burke has been linked to the Maple Leafs general manager's job ever since John Ferguson Jr., was fired in January. Cliff Fletcher is currently filling in as the club's GM, but his contract expires at the end of the year, and the 73-year-old has said he wants to find his replacement by then.
So, is Burke interested in the job?
He wouldn't say, refusing to answer the flood of persistent queries from reporters.
"Does anyone have any questions about the Ducks?" replied Burke towards the end of the press scrum. "If not, I want to leave and watch my team practice. I'll stay and answer any questions about the Ducks."
Burke said he never considered not making the trip to Toronto with his team for Tuesday's game against the Leafs, even though he was aware his presence was going to garner a lot of attention.
"Our team is struggling right now," Burke said. "We're 1-5, I would be on this trip. I'm not going to not come just because some people are going to ask questions and there's going to be a bunch of questions. That's not going to be a factor for me."