Pronger talk irks Kaberle

According to the, Leafs defenseman Tomas Kaberle is furious that his name has been mentioned in a possible deal for the Oiler blueliner.

Kaberle signed a four-year, $17 million-US deal in mid-season, but likely didn’t expect he could be dealt before July 1 when a partial no-trade clause is activated.

At least one other prominent Leaf would have to be involved in the trade, one of Darcy Tucker or young guns Alex Steen or Matt Stajan. The Leafs waited years before finally drafting and developing such products as Steen and Stajan.

So when Pronger, or his wife, decided one year of living in Edmonton was enough, it behooves the Leafs to re-evaluate their blueline plans. Pronger supposedly had narrowed his field to American teams, but agent Pat Morris indicated yesterday that Toronto qualified as south of the border on his NHL atlas.

63 Responses to Pronger talk irks Kaberle

  1. danodd9 says:

    Here’s the thing that Kabs has gotta be fuming about. He signed himself away in Feb to a long term contract knowing full well that if he waited for free agency he would have receive better offers…no question. Never mind that the cap looks like it is going to keep rising every year…and Kabs locked himself in longterm at a cheaper rate in is prime for the benefit of the team. He has earned my respect…that for sure!

  2. LeafsLeafsLeafs says:

    I’m pretty sure Kaberle signed a 5 year deal worth 21.25 million dollars.

    Anyways, Kaberle should be pissed! He re-signed with the team that drafted him, who he’s been loyal to throughout his career and gave up his UFA status to ink a deal and stay in Toronto. The Leafs (JFJ) said Tomas you are our guy, we want you long term and we are committed to you and the future of this team. Now the team (JFJ) wants to be sneaky and tell him that hes not the defenseman they want and deal him before the no-trade clause kicks in on his new contract on July 1. Who the hell wouldn’t be pissed? I’m sure Kabs loves it here, I am not certain on whether or not he has a family, but he must have taken all these things in consideration when inking his deal and giving up his earned UFA status.

    We are definitely seeing anarchy on 2 different sides of the table this week. The player in Pronger holding his team hostage by asking to be dealt after a succesful 06 playoff run, and now the organization in the Leafs (JFJ) in commiting to a long term contract with its player in Kaberle and attempting to slide one past the goal line before July 1st. This is just a microcosm of bigger issues that still reside in the NHL and how each side of the ledger seems to balance out; player screws organization, organization screws player. No wonder why there are so many problems and trust issues when attempting to re-negotiate CBA’s in the NHL. There are definitley some issues that need to be tweeked for the new NHL and its cap/CBA to work succesfully. This stuff is just completely ridiculous, but I will say, it is very very interesting and entertaining to see how things will pan out.

    To JFJ: DO NOT TRADE KABERLE! It looks bad on the organization, you and its a slap in the face to all the fans. Players will not deal with JFJ if he trades Kaberle because players will not be able to trust him and his attempts at sneaky and shady dealings. Use your head for once Spicolli!

  3. LeafsLeafsLeafs says:

    No doubt, Kaberle could easily be a 6 million dollar defenseman. His agent must be pretty bad.

  4. LeafsLeafsLeafs says:

    He is just going to arb basically to remove that minor league proviso, not to try and make 3 million instead of 1 million. He wants to make atleast the nhl minimum, which realistically he should make with out issue given the fact that he is veteran status now. Being paid NHL money for roughly 5-6 years and then having it reduced to an AHL pay cheque without much notice can cause a lot of problems for a guy who also has a young family to think about.

    When you get NHL money you spend like an NHL’er bigger house, nicer car, more t bone steaks, then all of a sudden you’re making 10% percent of what you noramlly would, just imagine how many financial issues that would cause. Boy this JFJ is one classy guy, idiot~! Either qualify him, trade him or let him go to free agency stop playing around with peoples lives.

  5. LeafsLeafsLeafs says:

    they’ll be fine.

  6. danodd9 says:

    I gotta believe it was Kabs good faith here and not an out to lunch agent. Afterall, the players are the one’s at the end of the day that put ink to paper. His agent no doubt came to him with the offer from the Leafs and layed it on the table. He more than likely said to him…we can get a more attractive deal on the open market come July 1…it’s your decision. And in good faith staying loyal to the team that drafted him he refused the later and signed away. He CHOSE not to put the squeeze on the organization and that has to count for something.

  7. joechoda says:

    he scored the last goal of the stanley cup playoffs!

    although it went off a leg, he did shoot!

  8. joechoda says:

    i recall Leetch spending most of his time with McCabe

    and yea its hard to say if Pronger is worth it… i think Pisani would have won Conn Smythe, especially if he scored that tying goal

    either way doesn’t look like Mccabe and Kabby will be togher 🙁

  9. UWSensFan says:

    Actually, most would refer to this as the “hometown discount”, and Kaberle is a class act that decided to take one for the team and have a lower salary for a longer period of time in order to make the club more competitive long term. Kudos to him for this…besides, it let the Leafs keep their best defenseman.

  10. nordiques100 says:

    please dont say pronger isnt suited to the new NHL. did you watch the playoffs? it seems to me that he dominated the new NHL then

  11. 92-93 says:

    once again, it must be clarified to people out there that acquiring pronger IS NOT a do-or-die situation for the Leafs:

    “With so much media attention paid to Nicklas Lidstrom, Zdeno Chara, Wade Redden, Rob Blake and Ed Jovanovski, it’s easy to forget there are other talented NHL defencemen slated for unrestricted free agency when the market opens Saturday.

    “For free agency, this is the year of the defenceman,” Nashville Predators GM David Poile said Tuesday.

    “We don’t know what’s going to happen between now and July 1, but if there’s not too many signings this week, there’s going to be a lot of quality defencemen available.”

    Lidstrom, Redden and Blake are expected to stay put with their respective teams, leaving Chara and Jovanovski as the free-agent headliners. But don’t forget the likes of Pavel Kubina, Willie Mitchell, Brendan Witt or Jay McKee.

    “There’s quantity and quality and there’s some value out there,” said Anaheim Ducks GM Brian Burke, whose team is on the lookout for defensive help.

    If a team strikes out on the headliners, there’s much more available: Hal Gill, Danny Markov, Kim Johnsson, Teppo Numminen, Francis Bouillon, Jaroslav Spacek, Niclas Wallin, Aaron Ward, Ruslan Salei, Brian Leetch, Brett Clark, Karlis Skrastins, Jason Woolley, Dick Tarnstrom, Joe Corvo, Filip Kuba, Daniel Tjarnqvist, Andrei Zyuzin, Ken Klee, Kenny Jonsson, Tom Poti, Jason Strudwick, Brian Pothier, Aki Berg, Alexander Khavanov, Mark Eaton, Luke Richardson, Nolan Baumgartner, Sean Brown, Keith Carney, Eric Weinrich.”

  12. LeafsLeafsLeafs says:

    I don’t doubt that for a second, I was just joking about the agent…..Kabs is aces!

  13. big_booty says:

    Screw Kaberle.

    This is the same guy who, when then Leafs wouldn’t let him go in a Lindros deal, used that as leverage to squeeze out more money from Pat Quinn in his next contract.

    Now he’s pissed because another team might want him in a deal for a better player?


    God damned hypocrite.

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