Leafs not done dealing, but it will take a lot for Kaberle
Brian Burke said on the conference call announcing the Francois Beauchemin to Anaheim deal — the Leafs get back oft-traded, oft-injured Joffrey Lupul, college defenseman Jake Gardiner and a conditional 2013 pick — that his team had nothing brewing imminently, but was not done dealing.
Whether that includes Tomas Kaberle is up in the air. Kaberle has a no-trade clause, meaning he can decide if and when he wants to be moved; he announced before last season’s deadline that he’d be willing to waive it if he weren’t in the Leafs’ long-term plans. He’s still a Leaf, and a potential unrestricted free agent after the season, so the ball is entirely in Kaberle’s court as to whether he wants to help Toronto out by waiving his no-trade in the next 19 days so the Leafs can get something for him before he almost certainly bolts in the summer.
That lessens his trade value, but Burke is not going to give him away. Sources say that the Leafs would want at least three pieces back — a current NHLer, a prospect and possibly a first-round pick in return for Kaberle.
The Rangers won’t be complying with that request, to be sure. It’s doubtful the Rangers would trade any of their core young NHLers; AHL prospects Evgeny Grachev and Dale Weise would be in play, but the Rangers also aren’t giving up a first-round pick for any deadline rental.
So the Leafs may yet move veteran goaltender J-S Giguere, forward Kris Versteeg or even Kaberle. But don’t expect the Rangers to mortgage any part of their future for two months of Kaberle.