Kaberle yet to cash in on unrestricted free-agent status

It’s a tough time to be a free agent.

Tomas Kaberle, Christian Hanson and Darryl Boyce are finding that out as unrestricted free agents.

Clarke MacArthur and Tyler Bozak are going to find that out as restricted free agents.

Tuesday is the deadline for MacArthur and Bozak to file for arbitration. If it goes that far, arbitration on their cases could go as late as the first week of August.

The Leafs have said they’d be prepared to walk away from any arbitration ruling they thought was too steep.

Kaberle has not cashed in on his unrestricted free-agent status. He earned $4.25 million last year but his poor performance on the Stanley Cup-winning Boston Bruins has meant the market for the 33-year-old is “limited” said one NHL source. “Not like he wanted.”

The Red Wings were said to be interested in Kaberle, but settled on another ex-Leaf, Ian White, instead. The Bruins continue to talk to the puck-moving defenceman for whom they gave up Joe Colborne, this year’s first round pick (Stuart Percy) and a second-rounder next year.

Other teams said to be interested in Kaberle are Nashville and Minnesota.


229 Responses to Kaberle yet to cash in on unrestricted free-agent status

  1. frankinboltonleafs says:

    I liked your blog as well. I get the "patience" point but kinda disagree with this notion of all the "young guys" we lost trying to go for it back then. Boyes was the only guy on the list I thought was a mistake losing at the time. MacCauley for Nolan was a go-for-it move and and it could'a worked. MacCauley's career didn't exactly last. Khristich we got for money.

    All that aside…your point is valid, (and a good read). Moreso because I can't remember a time we had sooooo many young really good prospects, roster guys. Really, can anyone name a year we were stacked with serious quality young guys like this, (half of whom we didn't draft…but acquired)?

    That being said, making the playoffs based on Connolly and Lombardi? Being better than Bozak? Reimer? We're all hopefull here in Bolton….but Burke has to have something else up his sleeve this summer. That bloated front office and all….they're not doing lunches together….they're all out there kicking every stone and contact they have. Something more is coming this summer.

  2. TheOnlyIslesFan says:

    Not in one million years will Snow let JT walk – somene could offer him the moon and the stars and Snow's gonna toss in the Sun.

    JT is either gonna be wearing the C this year or be the first A, toss up between him and Okposo as to who will be the new Captain after training camp, Tavares likes the direction the team is going in and wants to be a part of it's growing – and with the prospects that Snow's stockpiled the future is looking pretty good on the Island.
    I understand thoguh a Fan can dream…like four years ago when I hope Komisarek would someday come back to the Island..sigh.
  3. realistic_leafs_fan says:

    I agree with the Star players on entry level contracts make a huge difference. I have posted that same point a few times. Since the idea was based on, how they spent their money and not, how to build a winner…I left it out. I really condensed it …just to entice thought. I believe Pitt, Chic and were cap casualties. Anaheim a combination and Carolina was an exception to the rule in the first place.
    I agree with Boston and "those we shall not speak of"lol as being very good chances of making it back to the finals.
    Interesting Anaheim point…never thought of relating the whole back-end as Canadian. No Burke stamp at all on that team.lol 
    I also agree with cards all lining up…no guarantee your young ELC star will perform and win the cup before he gets a huge raise.

  4. 93killer93 says:

    The 2013 offseason could be the biggest one in recent memory.  Some notable UFA's include:

    Elias(A)-Sidney Crosby(C)-Iginla(C)
  5. JoelLeafs says:

    Scenario: Tomorrow someone offer sheets him for 3.8 for 3 years. Do you match or let him walk?

    If you said yes, what if he was a UFA today, and he demanded 3@3.8? Would you let him walk?

  6. JoelLeafs says:

    One of the reasons I wasn't a fan of them bringing in Richards. It's could be largely speculation, but Richards and Carter may have had to go because they couldn't let it be Pronger's room. Will Dubs have the same voice in the room next season? How will that affect those around him (plays, coaching staff, himself).

    Either way, I think NYR will have a decent year (maybe 6-4), but much could rest on the chemistry between Gaborik and Richards.

    What would you offersheet him for? (not that it would happen, tho – fvcking Burke!)

  7. Boston_Bruins says:

    Jesus… I know next year's class is weak too but this one more than makes up for the last few years. Of course you have to think most of these guys will resign.

  8. JoelLeafs says:

    Yup… And I feel like the Caps may either have missed their shot, or are about to. Backstrum, Semin, Green, Varlomov, Leich, and that Alex guy: They were dynamite together, and now they seem to have largely lost their step. I would lay a lot of it on coaching, but I'm no caps fans, and from those Caps fans I do know, they seem split on a coaching change – although none of that matters after the extension he signed a while back.

    I think the way to build a team isn't to do it through the draft, but rather the front office. If you insulate yourself with the best and brightest minds and hockey minds, good drafting will follow. The team that shall-not-be-named has been the standard of competition for decades. That ability to build a winning team and constantly inject your own youth into a lineup is what makes a team contend in the long run – that, IMO, is how to build a dynasty.

    Take Edmonton as a case example: They will (likely) be a pretty good team in the next 3-5 years. They have stockpiled blue chips and future stars while gutting hte roster to clear ice time for these kids. But what happened is they don't win a cup after, say, 6 seasons? All their young kids are going to need money – Edmonton isn't exactly the shinning financial star of the league as it is – who goes and who stays?

    I like where the leafs are heading, I think they are building something for the long term.

    To go off on a bit of a tangent: Some people have expressed anger over Burk's refusal to use offer sheets to pry players from other clubs, and his refusal to sign long, front loaded deals. The reason he is doing this is because his reputation and integrity will go a long way. I strongly believe that one of the reasons the leafs have so much GM quality talent working for them is Burke: they want to work for him.

    Ugghh… October is a long, long ways away…

  9. blaze says:

    very few of those guys will be left. Clowe might though but he'll be too slow soon, though still a guy I'd love to see on the Leafs.

  10. 93killer93 says:

    Most of these guys will defintately be signed but imagine a team being able to sign Getzlaf and Perry.  That summer could make a team an instant contender.  I guess until these players sign extensions we can keep dreaming.

    If only it could happen. 
  11. reinjosh says:

    Eh, I'd rather develop our own version of Clowe. He's the type of player every team in the league wants and craves. He's the perfect mix of player that can score at times, hit most others and generate offense by not actually touching the puck (through the space he creates). All this will cause him to be overpaid. 

  12. reinjosh says:

    I realize that the most logical thing to say is that most will be resigned but I think a lot will depend on the new CBA. That could change everything for teams and it could negatively effect the teams those guys are on. 

    Maybe we see something similar to the LeBron/Bosh deal last year? I know most people will say that hockey players aren't like that but come on. The chance to play with some of the best players in the world for a championship? It's bound to attract a few of the guys. 
  13. blaze says:

    Ya I know, you're right. But c'mon best power forward in the East? Lucic. Best power forward in the West? Clowe (besides I guess Iginla).

    Depends on the look of the team we could potentially ditch a lot of middle aged and vets in 2 years (Connelly,MacArthur,Grabovski,Lupul,Armstrong) and run with a very young team. In that case I would throw an him an offer. Besides he's a newf he's probably a secret Leafs fan anyways.

    Two years is way to far away for me to speculate anything anyways.

  14. reinjosh says:

    You might get your dream guy in a few months if the Isles need to hit the cap. He wouldn't even be that expensive…maybe Blake Comeau or Josh Bailey :P. I kid I kid. But not about Komisarek to the Isles. It could very well be reality in a few weeks. 

    Tavares is also staying. I agree with that. His breakout year is coming. Stamkos sort of put some unfair expectations in front of him with his 2nd year breakout but people sort of forgot that Tavares lacked a St Louis. I would love to grab him for the Leafs but alas your correct. No chance the Isles let him go. He goes and its likely the franchise goes with him.
  15. Kessel_Leafs48 says:

    do you think this is why burke's not signing anybody past 2012-2013?  he wants to have tonz of space and freedom too be creative and do what he likes and if everyone resigns he'll just have to resign his players and if not go after getzlaf or perry the guys he brought too the ducks? or this is probably all just coincidental

  16. reinjosh says:

    Yeah your right (although Iggy's not really a power forward anymore). He would be a sweet add. 

  17. leafy says:

    Russia very rarely beats Canada at the pro level when NHL players are involved.

    Only the 1981 Canada Cup. That's about it.

  18. 93killer93 says:

    I think it could be a big part of it.  As of now only Kessel, Brown, Phaneuf, Komisarek, and Reimer are signed past 2012-2013. I really hope that Getzlaf and Perry would consider coming to Toronto, considering their past with Burke. I think best case scenario he gets the star free agents and worse case scenario he keeps his team together. 

  19. reinjosh says:

    Easy fix. Just get a bunch of Canadian Junior A players to move to South Korea and become citizens. In 7 years they get as close as they ever will to the NHL players and put up a respectable South Korean team. Everyone wins! Well except for the South Korean teams. They will still probably lose 😛

  20. reinjosh says:

    Mojo mentioned this the other day and I actually really liked the idea of potential picking up an RFA arbitration cast off. I know Mojo put down a full list but these are a couple guys I would really like to target, hoping that they get offers that their respective teams won't match.

    Ryan Wilson – He has decent size, can hit and has a nice penalty kill ability. Wouldn't be in the same situation as Mac last year but could be a nice 4th line add. 
    Brian Boyle – Another guy with size, albeit much more than Wilson. Had a nice season last year but was his only real season. Could be a flash in the pan, could be a nice top 9 secondary scoring option. 
    Ted Purcell – Another guy with some great size at 6 foot 3. Put up some nice numbers getting only 14 minutes a game and was great in the playoffs. Probably unlikely the Lightning let him go but he would be a great third line add. Last season was his only real good season though so it could be a fluke or the benefit of playing behind Stamkos, Vinny and St Louis.
    The two guys I really want though, are Jannik Hansen or Blake Comeau.
    Hansen is probably the most like Mac. He played mostly third line time and put up some decent numbers. He has some great speed, and is a killer on the penalty kill. At 6 foot 1, he's not a bad way to add some size to the team either. He actually has some nice skill that doesn't really get shown often. He would be a low key addition that wouldn't hurt and could add some MacA upside if he was give the right ice time.
    Comeau is probably unlikely to move. NYI does still need to hit the floor so they might just be fine with overpaying him. At 6 foot 1 and 205 he isn't big but isn't small. He's improved the last two seasons (which likely point to NYI wanting to keep him) but hasn't played fully healthy. He has some real nice upside, with the potential to hit 30 one day. If NYI somehow doesn't accept the arbitration award (assuming they don't sign him before hand), I would love for Burke to grab him.
  21. MystifoLeafs says:

    Agreed, with such a deep draft coming I say let the likes of Edmonton offer sheet him.

  22. Jets_Back says:

    Actually if you read two comments above his, you will see I mentioned how Toronto could be seeking the next Clarke MacArthur.

    I mentioned that in context of Schenn not being re-signed yet and perhaps Toronto waiting to see if another MacArthur would be around, then fitting Schenn afterwards.

    I see that highly possible….that at least there will be 1 or 2 guys who will be cut loose.

  23. TheOnlyIslesFan says:

    I actually still would take Komisarek over here – hard to believe just a few short years ago I was praying nightly for God to somehow bring Higgins and Komisarek home – oh my…

  24. reinjosh says:

    Yeah sorry about that. I saw his list and forgot about your comment. 

  25. mojo19 says:

    Khristich we got for money but to make roster room for him we were forced to put someone on waivers, and that ended up being Steve Sullivan.

    And thank you for your comments. Also just wanna say that its not all about Connolly and Lombardi being better than Bozak, as much as Kulemin being better than Kulemin '11. Kessel being better than Kessel '11. Lupul for the whole year (and hopefully healthy). Schenn being better than Schenn '11. Kadri being better etc….. you get the point. Young team, I think had we kept the status quo (we basically did) we were going to be a slightly better team anyways, now just throw some depth into the mix.

  26. mojo19 says:

    Ya I was basing that off the 'next MacArthur' comment. u get credit.

    Anwyay's I hope that is the case. I know we re-signed Boyce today, and Lashoff, all the scrubs to fill out the end of the roster/be top callups seem to be coming back, but I still hope Burke makes a play for one more solid forward. Andrew Cogliano would have been a nice addition but hopefully we can bring in a bigger player.

  27. DannyLeafs says:

    I made mention of this before, and while I think many will be re-signed, the money required to do so will likely make for some interesting movement. I mean, if Both Crosby and Staal get raises, what happens in Pittsburgh. They likely won't let them walk, but with Malkin with just a year left after that, it makes sense to re-sign both and actually explore moving Malkin. If he has a great season, you have to think he wants a raise too, making him unaffordable and maybe you need to move him before he walks. If he has a mediocre season, I think you need to add value before it's too late.

    Also, Perry & Getzlaf could be hard to keep in the mix if Anaheim isn't a winning team. This team may not be able to afford to spend to the cap much longer if things don't turn around, and Perry and Getzlaf could get very substantial raises.

    Guys like Iginla, Alfredsson, Morrow could go on to shorter term deals with teams to try and get a cup.

    I am not a Pittsburgh fan (not that I dislike them, but I don't usually think too much about them), but who wouldn't love to see Iginla take a one year deal to play with Crosby and get another shot at the cup?

    Think about the overhaul Pittsburgh could pull off in a single summer. A couple of Morrow, Alfredsson, or Iginla could be huge additions via free agency. Retain Staal and Crosby, and move Malkin for a good return. Say a current young top six forward with even more upside, a high pick, and great prospect.

    Think about the possibilities if they moved Malkin for a package like Oshie, Pietrangelo, and a 1st. I know people would think it would have to be more, but I think with just a year left on his deal for a big cap hit, it could work. If Malkin has a huge season, they could probably get a Massive return.

    Pittsburgh could come out of the offseason next year with a team looking something like this.

    Iginla – Crosby – Kunitz
    Morrow – Staal – Neal
    Depuis – Oshie – Kennedy
    Cooke – Letestu – Adams

    Letang – Pietrangelo
    Marin – Orpik
    Michalek – Niskanen

    This team looks fantastic as is, but the real appeal is the pure number of guys that just play well in the playoffs. This team is built for the playoffs, and realistically, there could be room for another veteran signing, or the possibility of getting even more for Malkin.

    I have never been a big dump Malkin kind of guy, I have spitballed about it, but I always thought it made sense to keep him. But, if there was ever a time to pursue moving him, I think next off-season is it, depending on what guys make it to free agency.

  28. Boston_Bruins says:

    Power Forward is a tough one to define. The prototype is Neely and I think the only player that fits that mold right now is Lucic, and, to a bit of a lesser extent, Clowe and Byfuglien (when he was a forward). Lucic isn't even half as good, but he does do everything Neely used to do, only at a lesser level. But even Lucic has gotten away from some of the tougher aspects of his game this season when he became more relied upon for offense.

  29. DannyLeafs says:

    I keep referring to it as next off-season, but I ralize it's the one after that. Also, a lot of this is trying to project value at that time. Malkin is worth more than what I said if you trade him now, but if he has a single year left on his deal, and isn't back to being a Hart Candidate, I think his value will diminish. I also think that Oshie and Pietrangelo would be more established and have more value. Kind of a sliding scale thing.

    Either way, could be a very interesting offseason.

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