Hard to score in Kaberle deal

Brian Burke is hoping to get a relatively young scoring winger in a deal for Tomas Kaberle .

And that is going to be a challenge of sorts.

The highest-scoring wingers available are expensive free agents like Ilya Kovalchuk and Patrick Marleau.

Maybe available in a trade is Alexander Semin , who plays wing and centre, but he’s as much a problem as he is a solution.

Jeff Carter may be available again, but with Philadelphia landing Dan Hamhuis , they don’t have any need for Kaberle .

Which leaves what?

An overpriced, underproductive Nathan Horton ?

Maybe Dustin Penner ?

The market is thin for 30-goal scorers or those capable of that number.

Dealing Kaberle has always been a challenge: It’s may be more of one now.


8 Responses to Hard to score in Kaberle deal

  1. Kev_Leafs says:

    I think James Neal is a realistic option, as Dallas needs a puck moving defencemen.  There is the Nieuwendyk connection to the Leafs and Kaberle.  The sticking issue – which exists no matter where he's traded – is that Kaberle only has 1 year left on his deal.  So it might take something else – like Kaberle and a mid-level prospect for Neal or Neal and a mid-level prospect for Kaberle and a higher ranked prospect. 

  2. mojo19 says:

    Dallas has lots of interesting young scoring wingers. James Neal, Jamie Benn, Louie Eriksson but I suspect he's an untouchable.

    Too bad they re-signed Ott, I would have loved to see Burke sign that guy.

  3. glotz_99 says:

    The Oilers need to dump salary, so I could see them trading Dustin Penner, (much easier to move than Souray or Hemsky) I don't know if Burke would be interested in him, but he has about the same salary hit as Kaberle, and the Leafs could take someone like Ethan Moreau off their hands as well for a pick.

    Kaberle for Penner, Moreau and a 2nd rd pick

  4. KingVilly91 says:

    no dice its gonna be Kaberle for Carter

  5. colin_leafsforever says:

    Thing is I don't think the Flyers are done tweaking their defense, they want to be totally stacked on the back end, and Carter is the odd man out up front unless they move Briere which isn't going to happen.
    Throw in Grabovski for somebody, anybody, and move Finger to the minors and sign a free agent winger, if it was Marleau I'd blown away!!
    I'd love it if they got Patrick Sharp for Kaberle as well, but I really believe one of these things will happen.
    Ulmer was talking about Kaberle,Grabovski for Sharp,Campbell.
    We would be taking on Campbell ridiculous salary, it would hurt us moving forward but might work out as well.
    I hope they get Carter though, that would make my day.

  6. NonLeafFansAreGay says:

    Campbell sucks and is way too expensive and Sharp is just okay

  7. LeafsneedSteen says:

    Burke didn't even think Penner worth protecting when the Oilers gave him an offer sheet and you think Burke would offer up Kaberle for him???

  8. Kev_Leafs says:

    Not that I think the Leafs should target Penner, but are you sure it wasn't that Burke just couldn't afford to keep Penner at the offer sheet salary given Anaheim's financial situation at the time?

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