The Calgary Flames may not have the architect in place to officially reboot the rebuild.

But that hasn’t stopped Brian Burke from working the phones feverishly with an eye on change.

The Flames president of hockey operations says he is more focused on getting value for players the organization needs to shop by the NHL trade deadline than almost anything else.

“I’m spending more time chasing teams right now,” said Burke, when asked if the search for trade partners is taking up more time than his hunt for a general manager.

“The bulk of my time is chasing GMs and trying to make deals. But so far, teams making us offers make no sense. We’re not going to do anything short-term.”

Despite the team’s three-week plunge since Christmas, those words should provide some comfort to fans terrified Burke’s admitted impatience will see him try to cut short what clearly needs to be a very lengthy rebuild.

Not so, he says

In a wide-ranging interview with the 58-year-old acting GM, Burke told the Calgary Sun nobody has pitched him on peddling his first-round draft pick, which will undoubtedly be a top-five lottery selection this summer.

More importantly, he says he sees no scenario in which he will offer it up.

“No — it’s not in play,” said Burke, who has spoken sparingly as promised.

“We’ve had no inquiries — people wait to see the draft sequence.”

Such words should also be of great comfort to Flames faithful in the midst of hypothetical discussions over whether Burke would consider swapping his top pick for young Toronto Maple Leafs star Nazem Kadri.

After all, Burke’s penchant for accelerating rebuilds has seen him swing for the fences in the past with first-round picks being thrown around in exchange for Phil Kessel in Toronto and the chance to draft the Sedin twins in Vancouver. Focused on accruing the best possible prospects and draft picks for his pending unrestricted free agents, Burke’s biggest asset on the block with the Flames, Michael Cammalleri, is temporarily off the market due to a concussion that will have potential suitors leery until he is cleared by doctors.

It’s unclear what other UFA’s — such as Lee Stempniak, Matt Stajan and Chris Butler — could land in the trade market, which is why Burke’s belief is that the offers will improve after the Olympic break.

Asked when he thought the best time to make a deal would be — before or after the Feb. 7-23rd Olympic trade-freeze — Burke was quick with an answer.

“The best time is when the value presents itself,” Burke said.

“My guess is there will be a lot of compression between the Olympics and March 5 (trade-deadline day). It’s going to bunch up, and it will be a frantic time for all the teams. If you’re shedding and moving UFAs, you’re probably better off waiting, because it always compresses in that last week. My prediction, if we are moving UFAs, is that that time will be very stressful.”

Clearly, Burke is keen to swap out more than just UFAs. Those with pricey contracts — such as Dennis Wideman (US$5.25 for three more years) and David Jones ($4 million for two more years) — are undoubtedly being shopped around too, among others.

Few outside of Sean Monahan, Mark Giordano and a handful of young prospects should be considered untouchable these days, as massive new blueprints for the organization begin to be drawn up in Burke’s mind.