Burke wants first rounds picks, Kaberle to Anaheim rumor heats up

Burke wants back in

Ducks keen on Kabby?

Burke wants back in

Surrounded by beeping slot machines, busy blackjack tables and roulette wheels, Brian Burke admitted he’s tempted to gamble his way back into the first round of Friday’s National Hockey League draft.

But the general manager of the Maple Leafs is not ready to blindly roll the dice, certainly with his main bargaining chip Tomas Kaberle , in what would be interpreted as a panic attack in the wake of the Phil Kessel trade. Speaking to Toronto reporters at a diner before watching the NHL awards at the Palms Hotel, Burke said the trade offers he’s getting — and there have been a lot — are not specific to what happens in Los Angeles this weekend.

“I’ve turned down a late first-round pick for a player on my team already,” Burke said, though he was vague whether it was Kaberle or Luke Schenn , whose name was also put forward by another team. “We’re at double digits in terms of teams who have made offers or expressed interest. There’s been lots of activity.”

But so far the Leafs have not found the right partner. It’s believed they kicked the tires on Florida’s Nathan Horton before he went to Boston and were buzzing around the Blackhawks before their tentative big deal last night that sent Cup champions Dustin Byfuglien, Ben Eager, Brent Sopel and Akim Aliu to Atlanta for a first and second-round pick, prospect Jeremy Morin and forward Marty Reasoner.

Rather than move up from the 62nd overall selection, where they are currently marooned after giving up a first and second in this year in the Kessel trade, Burke says Kaberle could be kept in reserve for a scoring winger and if that doesn’t happen during the long-serving Leaf’s summer trade window, he will keep the Czech and maybe re-visit a contract extension.

“We’re talking about a good player at a good wage and I like our defence as it stands,” Burke said. “It would have to be something where we pick up a good forward.”

Putting two and two together after the Scott Niedermayer retirement, many have forecasted Burke will dangle Kaberle to the Ducks to try to get Bobby Ryan, whom he drafted second overall in 2005.

“I have not had meaningful discussions with (Anaheim GM) Bob Murray about any player on my roster or his, certainly not Ryan.”

“I have no intention of trading certain players; I also tell them if someone offers me 10 first-round picks, you’re on a plane. But I was asked an hour ago if I’d trade Luke and I said no.”


Ducks keen on Kabby?

Tomas Kaberle could be going to Disneyland.

With speculation shifting into high gear Wednesday, there’s talk the Maple Leafs could send the veteran defenceman to the Anaheim Ducks.

While there’s plenty of interest in Kaberle the Ducks are believed to be a serious contender after losing veteran Scott Niedermayer to retirement Tuesday.

Extend contract

Making $4.25 million US in the last year of his contract, Kaberle , 32, a 12-year veteran, had seven goals and 42 assists last season with the Leafs. His contract will likely be extended by the team which acquires him.

“The Ducks are going to need that kind of player in the back end,” said one league executive. “There could be a pretty good fit there for the Leafs.”

The Ducks could hold the key to what Toronto really wants: They have the No. 12 and No. 29 selections.


71 Responses to Burke wants first rounds picks, Kaberle to Anaheim rumor heats up

  1. reinjosh says:

    Except he hasn't given them anything they can use yet. Those picks are still fluid assets


    I heard the 5 teams are: Hamilton Bulldogs, Chicago Wolves, Hershey Bears, Hartford Wolf Pack, and the Albany River Rats…..

  3. Kev_Leafs says:

    I read of a proposed trade from a totally non-reputable source (keep that in mind), the deal:

    Ana: Kaberle + Kadri

    Tor: Ryan + (Burke wants a 1st round pick back)

    Now, I wouldn't want to trade Kadri away as he's a good prospect, but we traded away three picks to get Kessel – roughly the equivalent of Ryan.  Kaberle should fetch at least a 1st round pick and more.  Kadri is a high 1st from last year.  So the value of two 1st round picks and a 2nd round pick needed to land Kessel is there in this proposed deal to land Ryan. 

    But it would be really hard to trade away three 1st round picks in a row (especially with Kadri & this year's #2 being high picks), so that's why I see Burke arguing for that 1st round pick (likely the 29th overall though I'm sure he'd gun for the 12th).

    Anaheim would get the defencemen they need to replace Niedermayer, but with Kaberle being UFA next year he could be gone, so they would also get Kadri – a less skilled but still projected to be a good player with another 3 years on his ELC – crucial to the money conscious team.

    Leafs would likely then sign Ryan to the same deal that Kessel has.  Leafs would have two young 30+ goal scorers on the wing; neither of whom takes a massive chunk of the cap, which would maintain their flexibility under the cap.

    I think both teams would be getting want they want and they would both feel like they could be giving up too much for what they'd be getting back.  To me, that's the recipe for a trade that might actually happen.

  4. b_devils says:

    Though it seems fair, Leafs can't give up on Kadri.

    He is the first real blue chip prospect we've had since FOREVER! 
  5. glotz_99 says:

    I'm glad Burke didn't get either of those guys, look how many draft picks Atlanta gave up for Byfuglin after one good season, and Horton  was traded because he wasn't getting along with the coaching staff, why would any GM want a player like that? man you habs fans really are a bunch of french fa.ggots

  6. glotz_99 says:

    I would make that trade if I believed there would be a player as good or better than Kadri available at the 12th overall position, but I really doubt there will be. 

  7. Kev_Leafs says:

    If you were the Leafs or the Ducks?  Who has the 12th pick in your clause?

  8. inurface says:

    although i agree fully with u
    grabovski or capraovski is crap like ur kostisyns bros

    :counter to habs: (ur def is pathetic as our offense)
    aswell gill is at best 6th def on leafs but on montreal hes their pronger..

  9. inurface says:

    ok seriously to those tht are including schenn in trade rumors are complete geniuses …. y would burke tradeaway a guy whos got the potential to be the next rob blake..

    schenn still is a better prospect then kadri or watever player they get for kabs

  10. Kev_Leafs says:

    It all depends on who they get in return.  No one on the Leafs is untouchable.

    Schenn and Kadri for Crosby?  In a second.

    Burke today said that if someone offered him 10 first round picks for any player on his team then that player would be on the next plane. 

  11. lafleur10 says:

    your the retard because if you would've looked at the news marleau has already re-signed in sanjose and kovalchuk will sign with the kings! NO GM is going to give you anything close to that for a defenceman who has 1 year left before ufa staus


    Your a moron.. Whitney plays for Edmonton…


    thats a good one.. Gill did suck in TOR but he has seemed to turn things around in MTL.. Kostistsyns are crap I will agree..

  14. mojo19 says:

    I mentioned Jeff Skinner on here a couple weeks ago. He's expected to go late 1st round. I think he's an interesting prospect too.

  15. NonLeafFansAreGay says:

    buddy why are you talking?

    your team is garbage.
    habs are pure crap
  16. NonLeafFansAreGay says:

    horton isn't a burke player, he averages 1 hit every 3 games….

  17. NonLeafFansAreGay says:

    haha yeah

    if getting owned after taking a 3-0 series lead is better
    i don't think that would have happened if you had kessel
  18. lafleur10 says:

    burke isn't going to get a first r.d. pick unless he trades (schenn,kadri,bozak,kaberle,) because after that there's nothing there to warrant a 1st r.d pick. i could see a weiss and the 15 overall to the laffs for kaberle ……..but unless he trades 1 of the aformentioned guys he isn't getting 1

  19. lafleur10 says:

    kessel is an overrated above average player that has 40 goal potential taylor hall has 40 goal 90-100 point potential who's the loser now douche bag!

  20. Kessel_Leafs48 says:

    Too bad there not going to be able to pick hall since he's going to edminton and there going to pick seguin who people think might turn out as a bust and overrated so why the hell a habs fan is calling us a douchbag and acting like were retarded should just stop and take a few minutes to get his shit straight first before he starts trying to act like a smartass again.. man habs fans piss me off leafs fans dont go to the montreal page and start talking shit cause were more mature then that.. grow up

  21. Kev_Leafs says:

    If the Leafs had the second pick we wouldn't be predicting that Seguin is going to be a bust.  I'd stray from that argument.  Then again I'd stray from most of these puerile arguments – what's the point of getting into one?

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