Burnett's agent, Darek Braunecker, delivered the news of his client's decision to Ricciardi at the general managers meetings in Dana Point, Calif. Somewhat surprising, Ricciardi said his club never tabled a formal offer to try to keep Burnett from opting out.
"At this point, there's really no need for us to make an offer," Ricciardi said. "The No. 1 thing for us is to make sure that he wanted to stay in Toronto."