Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer never lost confidence in himself.

It appears as if GM Brian Burke also believes in his young goalie.

On Monday, Burke said he "flat-out" declined a trade for Reimer.

"He's the real deal," Burke said at a news conference at the Air Canada Centre following the trade deadline.

That he didn't send Reimer, 23, packing along with defenceman Luke Schenn, 22, and centre Mikhail Grabovski, 28, is also being seen as a huge vote of confidence in the Leaf dressing room as the team tries to move forward.