Massive Kaberle Update – Is he going to the Bruins?

Kaberle only has eyes for Bruins

Time to make power play for Kaberle

Leafs GM Brian Burke On Trade Talks With Bruins
Kaberle only has eyes for Bruins

It appears as if it’s Boston or bust when it comes to a potential Tomas Kaberle trade.

The Maple Leafs defenceman has granted the club permission to speak to only one team, the Bruins, regarding a potential trade, sources tell Sportsnet.

The 32-year-old Kaberle is in his 12th season with the club. He has a no-trade clause and is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent July 1.

Time to make power play for Kaberle

On a night cold enough for hell to freeze over, Phil Kessel scored twice. It had to happen eventually, of course, and the ex-Bruin’s two goals ended up the centerpiece of Toronto’s 4-3 win on Causeway Street.

Here in the Hub of Hockey we’ll be assessing the “Kess Trade’’ for at least another 8-10 years, and more nights like last night could even out the current sentiment that the Bruins fleeced the Blue and White. What we still don’t know about Kessel’s tenure in Toronto, however, is how he’ll produce if paired with a true No. 1 pivot, reminiscent, say, of Mats Sundin. He hasn’t had anyone like that in Toronto, yet he has scored 51 times in more than a season-and-a-half. Again, sans a prime pivot.

Postgame, the Bruins finally made another deal, this one well ahead of the Feb. 28 trade deadline. They picked up some depth with center/wing Chris Kelly, acquired from Ottawa for Boston’s own second-round pick this June. Hardly the blockbuster everyone has been anticipating. The S.S. Bruin has been sailing on choppy waters of late (five games/four losses), and right now the 30-year-old Kelly looks like another deck chair.

In other words, where is Tomas Kaberle?

Leafs general manager Brian Burke and his Boston counterpart, Peter Chiarelli, have talked the last 10-14 days about consummating a deal. Neither side will confirm it, but the centerpiece this time, once again, is Kaberle, Toronto’s veteran blue liner who has been on Boston’s radar so long that his No. 15 has virtually burned into the LED screen in Chiarelli’s office.

Contrary to all the rumors bandied about Boston and Toronto the last 48 hours, the 32-year-old Czech has not waived his no-trade clause. So even if Chiarelli and Burke can come to terms — a deal likely to include Boston’s own first-round pick in this year’s draft — Kaberle can just say no and keep on keepin’ on in Toronto.

Now, if Kaberle were to block the deal, he might not enjoy his final eight weeks of employment in Toronto. But remember, he has been working that end of the hockey universe since Sept. 1998 and the Leafs have gone five straight seasons without making the playoffs. If nothing else, he knows how to endure in unbearable cir*****stances.

Leafs GM Brian Burke On Trade Talks With Bruins

The Bruins do not have to scratch the Maple Leafs off their list of potential trade partners.

Toronto President and General Manager Brian Burke called in to 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Felger and Massarotti Tuesday afternoon, and said there are no hard feelings when it comes to the Phil Kessel trade.

In fact, the Bruins and Leafs are currently in trade talks.

“There is no barrier to that,” Burke said about dealing with the Bruins. “There are no hard feelings, there’s no sense of ‘oh we have to even the score somehow.’ If we can make a deal with the Bruins that make sense for both teams we’re going to do it.”

Burke would not go into further detail as to who the trade is centered around, but did add that defenseman Tomas Kaberle’s agent has asked to keep all talks about his player quiet.

Kaberle is the puck-moving defenseman the Bruins have coveted, and nearly traded for in 2010.

Burke did say the current deal being discussed does not involve the 2011 first-round draft pick the Bruins acquired in the Kessel trade.

The Bruins traded a disgruntled Kessel to the Maple Leafs in September 2009 for two first-round draft picks (2010 and 2011) and a second-round pick (2010). The 2010 first-rounder became the second-overall pick, which the Bruins used to select Tyler Seguin.

In 126 games with the Leafs, Kessel has 49 goals and 42 assists.

52 Responses to Massive Kaberle Update – Is he going to the Bruins?

  1. mojo19 says:

    Ya considering Matt Hunwick plays for the Avalanche.

  2. palindrom says:

    where can i see that?

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