NHL teams showing plenty of interest in Kaberle

Ever since Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke sent a note to the National Hockey League’s 29 other teams explaining how Tomas Kaberle’s no-trade clause works, interest has reportedly grown for the puck-moving defenceman.

But while the Leafs are free to move Kaberle at the upcoming NHL entry draft, the 32-year-old’s agent suggested that teams might want to first find out whether his client wants to play for them.

Kaberle, who has repeatedly expressed his desire to remain in Toronto, has one year remaining on his current contract. That means that if he goes to a team that he does not approve of, he might end up being nothing more than a rental player.

“As of the draft, we don’t have a no-trade (clause),” agent Rick Curran said. “But it’s almost effectively a no-trade, because unless Tomas wants to go there most general managers that I’m familiar with are not giving up asset value for a one-year player who may not even want to come to my team. Especially with what Brian wants in return.’’

According to various reports, at least four teams — Buffalo, Columbus, Anaheim and New Jersey — have shown serious interest in the veteran.

Burke said he is not pressured to move Kaberle. But, at the same time, he is listening to offers. The Leafs are hoping to add a top-six forward and some secondary toughness this summer. And Kaberle , who once rejected a trade to Philadelphia for Jeff Carter and a first-round draft pick, is the team’s biggest asset.

The challenge, for Burke, is playing matchmaker. He not only has to find a team that is interested in Kaberle , he also has to find a team that Kaberle is interested in. And they hope the two sides can settle on a new contract.

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96 Responses to NHL teams showing plenty of interest in Kaberle

  1. reinjosh says:

    you friend is either pulling you leg or is legitimately insane. Crosby getting traded would take a huge, kings ransom (otherwise known as illogical to any team wanting him) deal to get him. Plus it would be the single stupidest move in Shero's career. It would kill his career.

  2. reinjosh says:

    Haha too true.

  3. reinjosh says:

    Oh, don't get me wrong, I want to trade him. If we can get a scoring winger then I would trade him. Someone like Neal (who many analysts agree is fair) then I say deal.

  4. reinjosh says:

    the way they set up the defense is terrible.

  5. reinjosh says:

    to burke it was Kessel and the 25th for Kaberle and the 7th on a bad year. That difference can be attributed to a 2nd and a 5th which isn't equal to Schenn.

    After a good year it would be Kessel for Kaberle. Sorry but using to CHiarelli doesn't fly.

    My point still stands. Ryan isn't worth Kaberle and Schenn. Not a chance in hell. Overpayment and stupidity written all over it.

  6. reinjosh says:

    Asham and Artyukhin over Steckel and maybe Armstron. Cheaper and more effective.

  7. reinjosh says:

    I completely agree. Toews will win if Chicago wins simply because of the first three rounds and because he is on the winning side. But it should be Pronger. 

  8. reinjosh says:

    Filatov is just the next Russian player to disappoint. Just watch. The Leafs lose any deal with Filatov in it.


    How about this:


    rights to Frolov
    2010 1 st round pick
    conditional pick if Frolov heads to KHL

  10. KingVilly91 says:

    no mapleleaves fletcher told burke to get him cause he had him with the yotes

  11. KingVilly91 says:

    yeah dont mind the second one apparently my computer is being a ***** :S

  12. nordiques100 says:

    kings wont trade 1st with draft in LA

  13. nordiques100 says:

    not on draws where the leafs struggle.

  14. KingVilly91 says:

    Colombus: Kaberle, Mikhail Grabovski,Kuli
    Toronto: Nikita Filatov, 1st round (CLM), 2nd round (CLM)

  15. LeafsneedSteen says:

    Wash: Kaberle

    Toronto: B. Schenn

    LA: Semin

  16. LeafsneedSteen says:

    Yeah as evidenced by the Leafs off season signings in recent years there is always a Scheen like shutdown defenseman available in free agency.  We should ship Scheen and sign Hamhius without really taking a step back.

  17. reinjosh says:

    We get screwed. We would need more coming back. Schenn isn't enough. The kid has played one game.

  18. nordiques100 says:

    wash will need more than that for semin.

  19. nordiques100 says:

    we would be referring to the caps here. electrifying forward in semin for kaberle? um no.

  20. nordiques100 says:

    and burke wouldnt trade kabby for a top 5 last yr, so yes, i agree, i dont think he trades kabby for schenn.

  21. nordiques100 says:

    then just as idiotic as bob murray would be to trade an under 25 potential power forward star for a one year rental straight up.

  22. nordiques100 says:

    problem is campbell and keith are both lefties. kaberle will solve nothing and be no upgrade to that team.

  23. reinjosh says:

    fair enough

  24. LeafsneedSteen says:

    I've read Kaberle for Semin before plenty of times, both are expiring contracts after this season, Wash won't resign Semin, they need a shake up and won't be interested in picks/prospects for him. Throw in usual suspects like Kulemin or Grabovski, Beauchemin or a piece from LA to tweek the deal it you insist. 

    Semin also will be looking for around seven million, it's like trading Heatley, there will be a limited market.

    As for Burke not willing to trade for a top five last year, are you kidding? Burke would have traded Kaberle for B. Scheen without hesitation last year and still would today.  Lombardi had no interest.

  25. LeafsneedSteen says:

    B. Scheen is Burke's Holy Grail. Nuff said.

  26. reinjosh says:

    yeah the whole deal doesn't really make sense. Leafs get screwed the most, Washington next and then LA makes out like Bandits.

  27. reinjosh says:

    Yeah, not sure where your getting your info on the Kabby for schenn. Burke pretty much stated he wasn't going to give up Kaberle for a first rounder even a top 5.

  28. DandoEagle says:

    congradulasions to the hawks on a good cup win!

  29. LeafsneedSteen says:

    I seem to remember Burke declaring that he'd go after Tavares as a ploy to land B. Schenn. I remember the look on his face when Schenn was drafted.  I remember Lombardi calling Burke a blowhard.  Let's just pretend that last year's draft didn't happen and that Kaberle has more trade value than B.Schenn (ya, he'd played one game so he's a busted prospect). 

    And I'm sure Burke also wouldn't trade Kaberle for Tavares, Hedman, Duschene or Kane either, huh. 

  30. 93killer93 says:


    Semin(replaces Frolov)


  31. LeafsneedSteen says:


    Though I'd take out Alzner for the sake of Leafs fans not asking for too much and we don't really need him anyway.

  32. LeafsneedSteen says:

    ? The deal was Schenn and Kaberle was it not?

  33. DannyLeafs says:

    How about something like Kaberle and Kulemin for Ryan and Carter. This would allow the Ducks to get the pp qb they need, and also allow them to grab someone to help fill the void left by Ryan. The Leafs land Ryan who's upsides are obvious and also get an extra big bodied forward with some 2-way ability to help fill out their bottom six. I am not saying it's likely, but if Anaheim is interested in Kaberle and they do consider trading Ryan, it would make some sense.

  34. leafy says:

    A very well deserved Stanley Cup title for the Chicago Blackhawks. 

    As far back as November, I've been nagging everyone that they are the best team in the NHL this year. They only needed to prove it, and they did!

    The Flyers were a very strong runner up. Completely agreed with Don Cherry. Pronger was Philly's MVP in the playoffs, not Richards.

    Hopefully this is a good omen for the Leafs. Original six teams that ended long cup droughts are New York (1994), Detroit (1997), and Chicago (2010). Can the Leafs be next? You betcha.

  35. mojo19 says:

    You're psychotic.

  36. mojo19 says:

    Well my first choice would still be to re-sign him if we couldn't bring in a legit scorer (ie Bobby Ryan). But it wouldn't be terrible to settle for a couple guys with potential.

    Anyway's I don't think anyone is too surprised to see NJ or Anaheim on that list, and Columbus has been talked about a lot, but I am pretty surprised to see Buffalo in there. Trading with another division rival involving a big name player in consecutive years? Could happen.

    Look at Buffalo's situation on D, only NHL regulars are Myers, Rivet, Montador, and Sekara under contract. They've got a couple guys in their system who can fill in but if both Lydman and Tallinder can't be retained they'd be really thin back there.

  37. toronto-cruz says:

    ahaha, only on tuesdays and fridays…

  38. reinjosh says:

    nope because it would be idiotic

  39. reinjosh says:

    I would almost give the Philly MVP as a tie between Pronger and Briere. Without Briere they wouldn't even be their.

    And yeah it was a well deserved title. The real Challenge comes now on keeping the team as good with the cap trouble they will have.

  40. KingCanada says:

    Ya u might be right, he only got 2 goals in 13 games thats not so good…  But still maybe he can be had for cheap you never know!  He could be worth a shot, he certainly has tons of potential!

  41. LeafsneedSteen says:

    You're retarded.

    If Burke offered Kaberle straight up for either Kane, Tavares, Hedman, B.Schenn or Duschene the GM on the other line would laugh in his face.

  42. lafleur10 says:

    leafy i think you guys should take a page from the blackhawks book keep your 1st rd pick(especially 1st and 2nd overall and not trade them ! this is the only way to win and if you guys keep up the trend that you've been doing it will never happen!

  43. Mapleleaves says:

    the response to this is always the same so im not sure why people always say it.

    Penguins and Blackhawks had the top picks 4 years in a row, in other words fluke.

  44. lafleur10 says:

    believe me it was no fluke,it was poor management and poor decions,and trades being made  thus they were a joke and built through the draft and are now stanley cup champions! i think that the laffs need to do this fall to the bottom draft 1st or 2nd overall not get raped (like they did from the bruins) which hinders them further going forward thus extending the cupless drought

  45. DannyLeafs says:

    Finishing near the bottom of the league ensures nothing. Since the lockout we have had 5 different champions, and only two of those teams were built largely around the draft. Even Chicago isn't built solely on their top picks, Kane and Toews were very high picks, but they also added plenty of talent with later draft picks and good trades. Keith, Sharp, Hossa, Byfuglien, Versteeg, Bolland, Ladd, and Hjarmlsson were all either traded for, signed or taken after the first round and were huge parts of the Hawks cup win. Also, there are a bunch of teams that have tried the hit rock bottom approach and have failed miserably. Florida, Columbus, St.Louis, Phoenix, and Atlanta have finished outside the playoffs and in the bottom third of the league several times in the past few years and have yet to look like contenders. Atlanta even had two of the most productive drafted players of the 90's and still have 0 playoff games won in their franchise history.

    Pittsburgh got extremely lucky to get where they are. In 2005 it was an open lottery for Crosby, and without that I doubt Pittsburgh has a cup win since the lock out. They drafted either first or second in the draft in 4 straight drafts which is unheard of, and no amount of planning could accomplish that. The only team that has ever done anything comparable was Quebec, who drafted 1st overall three years in a row. Colorado went on to win the cup years later, but do you know how many of those first overall picks have cup rings? yup thats right, 0! They were all traded away.

    Finally out of all the teams in recent years to be considered up and comers because of their drafted talent (NYI, TB, EDM, COL, LA) you can almost guarantee that not all of them, maybe not any o them, will win cups anytime in the next ten years.

  46. mojo19 says:

    Most of the top PP's have 2 lefties on the point, its tough to come across a right handed D-man who can hammer the puck like a Rafalski, or Shea Weber.

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