Kaberle open to a new deal…

… But he’s also willing to leave, that’s not too confusing


In a perfect world, Tomas Kaberle would want to remain a Maple Leaf for life.

And yes, he admits he was “happy to hear” general manager Brian Burke state Wednesday that the team was open to discussing a contract extension for the veteran defenceman.

At the same time, Kaberle no longer appears so stubbornly steadfast to stay in Toronto if the right opportunity comes along elsewhere.

That was evident Wednesday when Kaberle’s handlers told Burke there were three destinations, known to be in the Eastern Conference, that he would be open to going to.

Burke, in the end, could not complete a deal by Wednesday’s 3 p.m. trade deadline. But a swap might very well happen over the summer, when the no-trade clause in Kaberle’s contract becomes moot from the June draft through Aug. 15.

“Brian was always fair to me,” Kaberle said. “He said if he gets the right deal to make this team better, he would probably do it. On the other hand, I was probably going to (waive the no-trade) too for some of the teams. The story stays the same.

“I’m glad it didn’t happen and I’m happy to be here.”

Asked if he wanted to be a Leaf for life, Kaberle pretty much offered a solid “maybe.”

“It would be nice (but) a lot of stuff can happen in the next little while,” he said. “I don’t really want to talk about it.

“I always look at the guys like Steve Yzerman and those guys who only played for one team,” he added. “Obviously, these days, it’s really tough to stay with one team your whole career.


46 Responses to Kaberle open to a new deal…

  1. arigold says:

    The more and more i watch this guy, the more i'm convinced he's just not a winner.  Thats why he wants to stay in T.O.  People will look up to him and respect him not matter what the team does, and his lifestyle wont' be inconvenienced. 

    During the deadline day coverage, a few commentators made the remarks that they couldn't understand why he wouldn't want to go win something.  It's simple, he doesn't care about winning.  I think the guy is incredibly skilled, and would be an asset on a team that already has its leaders, but the last thing this Leafs team needs is another guy who doesn't care about winning.  Burke has to move him in the summer, absolutely.

  2. dumbassdoorman says:

    I guess if the right deal didn't present itself for moving him, i would like to see him resigned. i know Burke says he builds his teams from the back end out but, how much money can you tie up on "D"? I also wonder if he should extend jiggy by a year? depending on how he plays, if nothing but to lower his cap hit.

  3. mojo19 says:

    He calls Toronto his "2nd home". He wants to win, he just wants to do it in Toronto. I totally get that. He talks about players who spend their whole career with one team (naming Yzerman), and he respects that.

    Burke has to keep this guy. We need players who WANT to play in Toronto. I bet you Kaberle signs for way under market value.

  4. mojo19 says:

    Maybe, depeding on how Giggy plays the rest of this year and next. I could see him getting a 1 or 2 year extension in the $2.5-$4 million range.

  5. glotz_99 says:

    Eh what do you guys think of signing Dan Hamhuis to a contract similar to Kaberle's, if they do in fact trade Kaberle at the deadline. There blueline would be pretty stacked

    Hamhuis           Phaneuf
    Beauchemin      Komisarek
    Schenn             Gunnarson  

  6. glotz_99 says:

    hey does everyone else get a shitload of popups when they go to this website?

  7. dumbassdoorman says:

    Ya i was kinda thinking like a 2yr 6mil extention, that would bring his avg cap hit to 4 mill i believe?

  8. jpmac says:

    Yeah.  just download a pop-up blocker, saves a lot of trouble.

  9. dumbassdoorman says:

    What do you think Kabs would sign for money and term wise?

  10. number15 says:

    if you look at it in a non-biast way then Kaberle is one of the best Leafs in history……. only behind Sundin, Bower, Salming and maybe Sitler.

    all the other guys like Gilmour and Clark are big in Leaf fans view, but if u ask a normal NHL fan, they r nothing special, they r common….. Kaberle is one of the rare true stars

    man, look at HABs alumni and u see all those hall of famers. Look at Leafs alumni and its mostly just popular guys in Toronto. Its sad considering how old the Leafs are

    admit it…… and im a Leafs fan

  11. dumbassdoorman says:

    You are missing a lot of GREAT Leaf players my friend….not hard to put the big M, Keon, sawchuk and many many others. Clark had more Heart and leadership than most could dream of!!!

    P.S. you forgot about Todd Gill

  12. reinjosh says:

    Kaberle for Neal

  13. number15 says:


    – Tomas Kaberle


    – Chris Neal
    – 1st rounder 2010
    – 2nd rounder 2010
    – 1st rounder 2011


    As a Leafs fan, i just might do that…… get back to me in the summer

  14. bbruins37 says:

    it's pretty crazy.

    leafs – salming, sundin, mahovlich, horton, kennedy, conacher, sittler, keon, bower, apps…

    compare that to other origial 6 teams:

    boston: orr, esposito, bucyk, neely, bourque, shore, cheevers, tiny thompson, schmidt, cowley, dit clapper, cashman, middleton, sanderson, hodge, park…

    montreal: lafleur, robinson, savard, beliveau, harvey, richard, richard, plante, roy, dryden, morenz…

    chicago: roenick, larmer, pilote, chelios, wilson, hall, esposito, savard, hull, mikita…

    detroit: howe, yzerman, fedorov, lidstrom, delvecchio, abel, lindsay, shanahan, sawchuk, kelly…

    NYR: giacomin, park, hadfield, howell, leetch, richter, messier, boucher, bathgate, ratelle…

    the rangers list is the only one that comes remotely close.

  15. broc says:


    Tomas Kaberle's indifference to losing is insufferable. This guy is NOT CAPTAIN MATERIAL. He has no passion. He's entirely wayyyy too comfortable playing on a consistently losing team with a losing atmosphere. What will it take to light a fire under this guys ass and make him give a crap about what's going on.

    You would think after all this time that Kaberle would start to get an itch. Doesn't he want to win a Cup? If he doesn't care about winning the Cup, he doesn't belong in the NHL. After all this time and the years of losing, have you ever seen Tomas Kaberle upset, or angry or frustrated by the lack of progress by the franchise? He's wayyyyy too happy to stay in Toronto.

    Burke talks about wanting to do a "quick rebuild".. but most pundits now agree the Leafs rebuild is closer to a 5 year plan. Kaberle wouldn't care! The Leafs need for him to go, and he should want to go.. but his indifference is just another part of what ails this franchise.

    If Kaberle had given Burke sufficient time to find a trade (and no, 3 teams on the morning of the deadline doesn't count), Burke likely could've got a better return for Kaberle then, then what he'll get for Tomas in the summer. Now whoever trades for him will only be getting Kabs for 1 season, then he's UFA. You would've gotten more for him in trade if the team getting him could've had him for 2 playoff runs.

    TOMAS KABERLE HAS WORN OUT HIS WELCOME AND NEEDS TO GO. It's the right thing for him, and it's the right thing for the Maple Leafs franchise.

  16. leafit2me says:

    I agree Kabi's gotta go. I still maintain that the Leafs will get more for him on draft day than at the deadline. Teams were will to pay big time for a 2 month rental (20-30 games) so they will pay much more for a highly skilled defenseman that will play 82 games + playoffs (potentially). At the deadline Kabi would be sure to go to a contender in exchange for a 1st rounder (and probably a prospect). That 1st rounder would likely be between 21-30. I think Burke can push for a top 10 on Draft Day and still come away with a prospect. Given that Burke is looking to 'speed-up' the rebuild, if he doesn't get a top 10 I think he'll deal for a couple of highly rated prospects. The thinking being that the prospect will require at least 1 yr less than rookie to be NHL ready.

  17. reinjosh says:

    that Chris Neil
    I want James Neal from Dallas
    not some bottom 6 forward
    a top 6 one

  18. LeafsLegacy says:

    still missing alot of good Leaf players. MacDonald, Clark, Gilmour, Vaive just off the top of my head and the list continues…. Just another biased Leaf Hater

  19. bbruins37 says:

    yeah they definitely make up for it…the best leaf of all-time is probably mahovlich. that's sad for an organization that's been around for close to 100 years.

  20. dumbassdoorman says:

    The big m is not the best leaf of all time….do some homework

  21. glotz_99 says:

    why dont you do some research before you post this bullshit, if you were really a Leaf fan you would know Gilmour has a stanley cup, a selke trophy, 450 goals, 964 assists for 1414 pts. 1000 point scorers are nothing special and pretty common, considering there has only been 74 players who have done it. man this website is getting ridiculous with people just bashing teams and players because they dont like the team, people like you and bbruins arn't real hockey fans, i would never trash a player like bobby orr because he played on a team i dont like, because he achieved so much, it doesnt matter who he played for. Leafs have more players in the Hall of Fame then any other team, but that doesnt matter, because they were great players regardless of who they played for.

  22. bbruins37 says:

    how am i trashing them? it's not like i'm saying they're bad players. all i'm saying is that there is no comparison in terms of talent between the leafs all time greats and other original 6 teams. you don't honestly want to argua against that do you?

  23. bbruins37 says:

    ok, so who is their best of all time? once you have your answer, compare him to orr, howe, lafleur, etc., etc.

  24. glotz_99 says:

    Ya being a bruins fan you can obvioussly name more former bruins players than any other team.

    -You put guys like Bill Cowley on your Bruins list, who has 548 pts and leave off a guy like 7 time all-star, 4 time stanley cup champ George Armstrong who has 713 pts.

    -Your bruins list has goalie Tiny Thompson, but the Leafs list doesnt have  
    single goalie on it, how about Johnny Bower or Turk Broda?

    Then you go Wow, the Leafs arn't even close, all I'm saying is it makes it look like you dont know anything about hockey.  

  25. glotz_99 says:

    everything you say is just subjective, you need to use facts to back up your statements such as:

    The Toronto Maple Leafs have 57 players in the Hockey Hall of Fame and the Boston Bruins have 46 players. 

  26. bbruins37 says:

    haha and that is objective? oh man…and have you ever heard of the saying quality over quantity anyways?

  27. bbruins37 says:

    those lists were done from memory of big time players for all teams. i probably left players off from all teams.

    however, cowley vs. armstrong? cowley was a point per game player. armstrong wasn't even close.

    do you know how highly regarded thompson was? and other than the fact that bower was on my list, you are absolutely right about me leaving him off.

  28. glotz_99 says:

    how about 13 stanley cups vs. 5. does quality over quantitiy apply to that to? how old are you?

  29. bbruins37 says:

    haha the leafs loaded up on cups in a 6 team league. the most teams in the league that they won with was 8. they even won in the season that the wanderers arena burned down mid season, leaving 3 teams in the league.

  30. 24_cups_and_counting says:

    LMAO! Put down the crack pipe.

    You might get Neil and a 1st, but you want them to throw in another 1st and a 2nd? If that's the asking price, have fun with Kaberle for 1 more year and then watch him walk for nothing because no GM is retarded enough to make that trade.

  31. dumbassdoorman says:

    So I agree that some of these discussions get pretty heated, but by telling a guy the big "M" was not the best Leaf of all time and to do some homework I am not a real hockey fan?

  32. glotz_99 says:

    sorry man, i wasnt refering to you, just number15 and bbruins and all the stupid shit they keep posting

    ps mahavolich was pretty sick though, i have a 1967 throwback jersey of his.

  33. glotz_99 says:

    are you kidding me, thats your excuse. look at your own team, the Bruins won 3 out of their 5 cups when there were only 6 teams in the league and they won the other two when there was only 12, so dont give me that bullshit.  serioussly how old are you? i feel like i'm arguing with a 12 year old.  

  34. bbruins37 says:

    they won their cups in a range of 7-14 teams in the league. the leafs? 3-8. solid.

  35. leafy says:

    I'm with you. All your points are valid in my opinion.

    Also, I see little reason to keep Kaberle if you continue missing the playoffs, and the Leafs are at least a couple of years away from the playoffs, let alone being cup contenders.  Why not trade him for a high impact forward or some blue chip prospects?

  36. dumbassdoorman says:

    No worries man, you are right the discussions do get a little heated on here. bbruins does know hockey…loves his stats too. but does see the hockey world through bruins glasses. I never heard him mention Seidenburg all year and now that he is in Btown….he is an all star…just gets frustrating. Worst part is i am old enough to know better.

    Mahavolich was a greaT PLAYER…JUST NOT THE BEST IN MY OPINION……but opinions do dominate these chats.

  37. glotz_99 says:

    ok the bruins were playing at the same time, when there were fewer teams why didnt the bruins win more cups, every original six had the same chance of winning the Stanley Cup, your excuses make you look like an even bigger *****sucker.

  38. bbruins37 says:

    hahaha i've got you pegged. you're some crotchety old homophobe.

    yeah the bruins could've won during the time the leafs did (minus the leafs' first two cups) and they didnt, buuuut the leafs could've won when the bruins did and they didnt. it's more impressive to win with more teams in the league than winning some BS championships including one where a team had to forfeit because their arena burned down. again, quality over quantity.

  39. bbruins37 says:

    i also think mikko koivu is an amazing player. how many times have you heard me talk about him?

  40. XDarkforceX says:

    bbruins you're an idiot

  41. leafmeister says:

    I am beginning to warm to the idea of keeping Kaberle. The forwards will struggle, no doubt, but I think they can manage 1 more year without having a #1 center. They would still have to find a way to add scoring this off-season, just without tampering with the blueline. I would not trade any defensemen right now, simply because their trade value is down and would not bring in their equivalent in value. 

    Here is the plan:

    Bury Finger, Resign Kulemin, Gustovsson, Primeau, trade Grabovski for whatever he can get.

    Sign Alex Tanguay, 2 years, 4 mil. Sign Matthew Lombardi 3 years, 2.8 per.




    Then they can worry about a #1 center in 2011, when Brad Richards is available.

  42. glotz_99 says:

    hey the Oilers teams of the 80's only had around 20 teams and the Canadiens teams of the 70's only had 14-17 teams, but that doesnt take away from how great those teams were and they'll still be great 30 yrs from now when there are 60 teams in the league 

    Darkforce is right, you are an idiot.

  43. leafy says:

    That's a lot of payroll tied up on the blueline. I don't think Burke will find that acceptable but we'll see.

    Even if the above is the most optimistic scenario, not very encouraging. I don't see any other way than the Leafs moving Kaberle for an equal talent at forward.

  44. dumbassdoorman says:

    Agreed he will try hard to trade Kabs but won't just give him away. That being said someone will have to go to open other doors. They will also explore trade avenues with cap strapped teams. lastly he will look at extending players like jiggy if he wants to keep him; in order to lower his cap hit.

  45. bbruins37 says:

    and the leafs cup teams were so good because…? lol they've even won the cup with a losing record one year.

  46. broc says:


    Maybe Boston will have a good chance at #1 or #2 overall next year too..

    That is still the worst collection of centers in all the NHL. AHL teams have better center depth..

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