Ryan-for-Kaberle trade? Really?

Based on some of his public statements, Toronto general manager Brian Burke has made it pretty clear that he’ll trade puck-moving defenseman Tomas Kaberle if a good offer comes across his table.

The intentions are pretty clear when you send out details of your player’s contract and the specifics of when his no-trade clause will be lifted to the other 29 NHL teams.

The Ducks are said to be one of at least four teams that have serious interest in Kaberle , according to this article by Michael Traikos of Canwest News Service . Who wouldn’t take a look at a four-time All-Star who is a proven point-producer from the blue line and is relatively underpaid at $4.25 million?

Ducks GM Bob Murray may be interested and he may not be. Kaberle , 32, would be a significant upgrade for a deficient blue line and, at the very least, be a nice insurance piece in case Scott Niedermayer does hang up his skates.

Bringing in Kaberle will come at a cost and Burke – Murray’s predecessor in Anaheim – is said to want a young scoring forward with size. Reading between the lines and it’s easy to say the outspoken executive wants Bobby Ryan in the worst way. At least that’s the case throughout cyberspace.

We know Burke took Ryan with the No. 2 pick in the draft behind Sidney Crosby and we know the 23-year-old sniper is exactly the type of player he needs to help rebuild his offense-challenged Maple Leafs. We also know that Ryan and the Ducks haven’t come to an agreement on a contract extension.

So would the Ducks consider trading Ryan for Kaberle ? Murray did address that part of the speculation, calling it “ridiculous.”

As much as they want to upgrade their defense, it’s hard to see Murray trading a potential 40-goal scorer with significant upside for a defenseman who can be an unrestricted free agent in 2011 and has never shown an inkling that he would sign with a team in the Western Conference.