Friday AM – Leafs/Kaberle – Is today the day he gets traded to the b's?

No deal for Kaberle . . . yet

Burke has work cut out for him

With Giguere hurt, Leafs begin goalie hunt

No deal for Kaberle . . . yet

Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke applied the brakes to the rumour mill spinning around defenceman Tomas Kaberle on Thursday.

Burke told a radio audience no trade agreement had been reached with the Boston Bruins, and that the team continues “to talk to multiple teams” leading up to the Feb. 28 trade deadline.

Burke engaged in a wide-ranging, often engrossing discussion during his appearance on NHL Live! on Thursday afternoon. He denied speculation Kaberle, an unrestricted free agent after the season, had provided a list of teams to which he would permit a trade.

“My guess is, if we found something that was attractive and went back to the agent, Tomas might be receptive to that — but that’s far from clear or far from done,” Burke told the hosts. “We’re just going to keep knocking on doors. The fact that he has a no-trade (clause) doesn’t prohibit me from talking to other teams about potential trades, which we’ve done.

“Tomas and I haven’t had one discussion on this. He’s played really well for us and he’s a quality person. I’m leaving him alone and dealing with (his agent).”

Earlier in the day, TSN reported a deal with the Bruins was almost complete.

A second TSN reporter suggested Toronto would be looking for prospects in return.

Another report, this time from Boston, said the Bruins were looking to move defenceman Mark Stuart to the Chicago Blackhawks. That move would have been made to clear space under the salary cap for Kaberle, who is earning $4.25 million US this season.

Those reports followed another earlier this week that Kaberle told Toronto he would only accept a trade to the Bruins.

“That’s not accurate, and I wouldn’t accept those terms — that’s not fair to us,” Burke told the radio hosts. “If those were the conditions I would tell the agent, ‘No, that’s not acceptable’. That’s not true. It’s not true that the deal is done with Boston.”

Burke has work cut out for him

Brian Burke’s reputation as one of the NHL’s more flamboyant wheeler dealers is well known, which is why he felt the need late last week to brief his captain on the current situation.

The Leafs general manager met with Dion Phaneuf and essentially told him that despite the trades and trade rumours swirling around the team, management hadn’t given up on the current season.

“As a player you never mail it in and (Burke), wanted to make it clear that he felt that way too,” Phaneuf said. “This team isn’t going to quit.”

But therein lies the challenges in the poker player that is Burke.

Massive road victories against Boston and Buffalo this week suddenly has his team six points out of a playoff spot.

But with talk of a Tomas Kaberle deal with the Bruins possibly being done by as soon as Friday and whatever other moves Burke has up his sleeve, how does that effect the current pursuit?

Burke wants to play both ends. The goal every season, he is quick to remind, is to make the playoffs. But the long-term aim is to have a team built not just to sneak into the post-season then exit meekly.

“The notion of getting in eighth and getting spanked in the first round doesn’t do a hell of a lot for me and I don’t think it does a lot for our marketplace,” Burke said Friday on NHL Radio, a point he also made two weeks ago following the Francois Beauchemin trade to Anaheim.

“We’re not just putting together a team that’s going to get thumped in the first round.”

Coach Ron Wilson gave his team a day off Thursday in part, no doubt, as a reward for the big effort in back-to-back road wins. But also there’s a recognition that the team must expend incredible energy just to get back in the race and any chance to rest is crucial.

As it will be until something happens or the Feb. 28 trade deadline passes, that left Kaberle to be the topic of the day.

Reports out of Boston Thursday morning suggested a deal was done that would send the defencemen to the Bruins in a swap that would include forward Blake Wheeler coming this way.

Burke was swift to deny anything being done, but did acknowledge there has been interest in Kaberle from multiple teams.

“I’m not going to bug him every time a GM calls about (a possible trade),” Burke said of Kaberle. “I’m leaving him alone. He’s played well for us and he’s a quality person.

“(But) my guess is if we found something attractive and if we went back to the agent he might accept it. But that’s far from clear or far from done. We’re just going to keep knocking on doors.”

With Giguere hurt, Leafs begin goalie hunt

These days, Leafs GM Brian Burke — in between denials of reports that Tomas Kaberle has been traded — finds himself looking for goalies.

Two weeks ago, the team carried three goalies, and the organization figured it had five really good ones. Now, they’re suddenly down to two healthy netminders: James Reimer with the Maple Leafs and Ben Scrivens with the Marlies.

Scrivens will be in net for the Marlies on Friday night, said coach Dallas Eakins.

J-S Giguere was the latest to go down, pulling himself from Wednesday night’s game in Buffalo when he tweaked his groin. He was to have seen a specialist on Thursday.

Depending on the results of that appointment, the Leafs may be forced to call up Scrivens, who started the year fifth on the depth chart. The college free agent signed with the Leafs to work with goalie coach Francois Allaire, and started the year in the ECHL.

Jonas Gustavsson had his third heart ablation surgery last week and might be able to work out this weekend, but would be still two weeks away from game shape. Jussi Rynnas has a broken finger and is out for a month.

Giguere said Wednesday night he wasn’t sure he would be able to back up James Reimer against Ottawa on Saturday at the ACC.

The Marlies signed Steve Christie from the University of Manitoba to an amateur tryout and he served as a backup during a pair of games against the Moose this week.

The Marlies are entering a stretch of four games in six days, starting with a visit from Hamilton on Friday night, and need Scrivens and a backup. Burke said he’d call up a couple players from the ECHL.

The goaltending situation isn’t the only thing keeping Burke busy.

A report from a Boston radio station said Kaberle would head to the Bruins in exchange for Blake Wheeler and a draft pick. But the rumour mill suggested Burke was more interested in Bruins rookie forward Jordan Caron, a 20-year-old first round pick (25th) from the 2009 draft.

Burke went on NHL Live, the league’s satellite radio feed, to try to address the Kaberle situation — while at the same time trying not to say too much about it, since the Kaberle camp has asked for “radio silence.”

One tidbit that emerged is that there may be more than one team to which Kaberle would accept a trade. While Boston has long been on the list, Burke revealed he wouldn’t be handcuffed by trading with one team.

“I wouldn’t accept those terms, that’s not fair to us,” Burke told NHL Live. “That’s not true that the deal is done with Boston. . . . We continue to talk to multiple teams and we’ll see where it goes.”–with-giguere-hurt-leafs-begin-goalie-hunt

85 Responses to Friday AM – Leafs/Kaberle – Is today the day he gets traded to the b's?

  1. TheLeafNation91 says:

    Great day to be a Leafs fan!!!!!!!!

  2. nordiques100 says:

    Caron is ready now. He just isn't a centre.

    I like Caron too. He is big, he has upside, he can skate and plays a more grittier game.

  3. TheLeafNation91 says:

    If this goes through, great day to be a Leafs fan boys!

  4. leafy says:

    Good deal for both teams. Boston taking a shot at the Cup, Leafs stacking up on promising young players and picks.

    Now with 2 low first picks, I can see Burke probably trading one for a player before the deadline. Or maybe he might use both picks in June to move up in the draft. At least we have some options.

  5. cam7777 says:

    My little fantasy plan was to do Caron, 1st, conditional 2nd, and then try to flip Caron and PHI's 3rd for Goligoksi to replace Kaberle.  Pittsburgh would have no interest in another center thogh.

  6. Leafs_the_word says:

    They had their day on August 16th after SJ and TB offered us next to nothing to Kaberle.

  7. reinjosh says:

    No kidding. Well I wouldn't say Bruins fans should be that pissed. They have the assets to pay so its not a huge deal for them. They finally use their center depth and pick depth.

    But people who were saying Kaberle could only get a 2nd or a 2nd and a mid level prospect. Some people were saying at the summer that Kaberle could only get a 2nd. I'm happy we got something good for him.

    I hope he can win a cup now. I honestly wouldn't be all that mad if the Bruins made a run. Kaberle deserves it

  8. dumbassdoorman says:

    Lashoff is my choice based on experience alone

  9. Leafs_the_word says:

    We've seen Kaberle deals closer to being done than this fall apart, remain humble Leaf Nation.

  10. TheLeafNation91 says:

    It looks like Toronto has built Boston for the future, and Boston has built Toronto

    Interesting, hard for Boston because it's hard to give up such a package for an interdivisional rival

  11. TheLeafNation91 says:

    Does Burke buy with one of the 1st, lets say Floirda's or do we use both of them???

    Burke was said to buy after this???

  12. dumbassdoorman says:

    Ya and depending on the conditional pick on the B's trade…..but I hear you. Not too mention, he grabbed Scivens, Rynass, Gus, Gysbers. Traded for Lashoff….etc.

  13. TheLeafNation91 says:

    I meant to Philly!

  14. TheLeafNation91 says:

    Please don't say that, I can deal with another letdown in Toronto aha.

  15. reinjosh says:

    After years of being disappointed on deadline day (or month rather), the Leafs have finally grabbed a large amount of assets. Its weird.

    Two 1st, One 3rd, two good prospects, two conditional picks and a forward who needed a change.

    Sucks to lose Kaberle (I wouldn't have been sad to see him stay) but best of luck to him.

  16. dumbassdoorman says:

    LOL…true but Dregs and BMac saying trade call is in place now

  17. reinjosh says:

    I keep thinking that too. Damnit word, why did you have to verbalize that.

  18. dumbassdoorman says:

    I concour, I wish kaberle all the best. he is a better player than Bruin's fans realize they are getting. Upgrade on Seidenberg for sure.

  19. TheLeafNation91 says:

    WOW, the_word might have a point…

    The trade has not even been officially announced but I've already read an article from a Bruins blogger with all the knocks on Colborne–a-First/141/33810

    Your good until you go to Toronto…I guess

  20. DannyLeafs says:

    The Kaberle for Kessel deal (I am assuming that is what you are referring to) was not really closer to being done, there was no call placed, there was an agreement made on the floor and overheard. Yes it was close, but it's a different scenario cause they agreed to it verbally, but when they each saw what they other had put on paper, they realized they hadn't agreed to the same terms. This is different, this was a negotiation, and there is likely little doubt that they have agreed in principle on the assets concerned.

    That being said I agree, we need to take this with a grain of salt, and realize until it's official, its not a done deal.

  21. reinjosh says:

    The reason the trade hasn't been made official is because the Bruins are waiting on Wheeler/Stuart going to Atlanta for Peverly/Valabik.

  22. reinjosh says:

    Actually those knocks on Colborne were made before he was traded.

  23. reinjosh says:

    Flipping one of the picks is interesting. IF Burke is serious about making the playoff push its still very possible. The price for a 20-30 1st round pick has been set as a 25 – 30 decent player who has a year left on his deal.

    Who could we get?

  24. TheLeafNation91 says:

    I know but now their ever so prominent

    Especially with prospects, their always going to be knocks on their way to development…

    But I feel when they come to Toronto, it feels like a guarantee their going to fail because of those kncosk

  25. TheLeafNation91 says:

    I can see this for cap-clearing reasons…But Atlanta really did win this trade

  26. mapleleafsfan says:

    Wheeler and stuart for Peverly

  27. mapleleafsfan says:

    wow totally read your post wrong my bad haha..

  28. Leafs_the_word says:

    The Score is running the deal non stop on TV, though the Score is always suspect.  Is it official?

    And the conditional pick is a 2012 2nd round pick.

  29. reinjosh says:

    Yeah I hear yeah. Such is life as a Leaf fan.

  30. NonLeafFansAreGay says:

    hahahaha Boston totally got raped.

    Kaberle's signing with us in the summer
  31. NonLeafFansAreGay says:
    Sign Parise or Stamkos to an offer sheet!

    Jersey and Tampa won't be able to afford it.
    think about it we have 2 pretty crappy first round picks in the 2011 draft.
    use them!
  32. realistic_leafs_fan says:

    WOW!!! listen to all the Burke bandwagon jumpers getting on board. lol

    I have taken my share of abuse on here for the fact that I thought Burke knows what he is doing with this team and things like… keeping things out of the media would help get a guy with a NTC to waive it. hmmm, I guess a little respect to your players does work.

    Burke got a great return on Beauchimen, Versteeg and Kaberle. The problem, is that Leaf fans are the most impatient in the league for things to happen immediately.
    We now have draft picks (two firsts this year), prospects, goalies galore and a young team with some talent to build around.
    ALL THANKS TO BURKE…like it or not.

    Burke's stance on no-trades entices UFA's to come here and also players to waive their NTC to come here. Treating Kaberle with respect is a big reason Kaberle waived his NTC for the first time. Burke's attitude of he won't trade just for the sake of trading is why he didn't get screwed on any of the above deals. Also I do believe one of the reasons Chiarelli gave him full value for Kaberle is because Burke didn't sign Kessel to an offer sheet putting Chiarelli in a bind…Burke gave him the same value as compensation but via trade.

    We have a re-built team which includes prospects and draft picks in less than 3 years…and Burke's not finished yet!!!…pretty freakin' impressive!!

    It's time to start believing boys…Burke is one of the best in the league.

  33. realistic_leafs_fan says:

    For compensation I believe they have to be one of your own picks…not ones you traded for. I could be wrong though.

  34. dumbassdoorman says:

    They do have to be our own pics, yes. However that being said those pics would not come into play until 2012 as signing period starts July 1 and the draft is in June. If he was gonna go the offer sheet route though who would you choose to sign?

  35. realistic_leafs_fan says:

    That's is true with the 2012…I forgot the signing would be after the draft.

    I would take Stamkos…as he is a centre and would be a nice fit with Lupul and Kessel. $9 mil per year for 5 years would be my offer. I do not like the 10 year $10-$11 mil per year ideas I see on here. It makes an unmovable contract and I don't like that idea. At the time Lecavalier got his contract he was considered one of the best in the game…now Tampa is stuck with that $7.727 cap hit per year until 2020. I am not suggesting Stamkos is not the real deal…but as a GM, Burke has to be smart not to put himself behind the 8 ball.

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