Some Leaf rumors: Antropov, Kaberle and Kubina targeted

Boston, Montreal, Philly, Chicago, Florida all interested in Leaf assets

With the trade deadline lingering in the horizon, we can expect trade rumors to escalate in the coming weeks.

This is especially true for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

As likely sellers, the Leafs offer an assortment of players that opponent GMs will likely find enticing.
These are the most recent Maple Leaf rumors that have trickled in the past few days.

According to the Boston Globe, the Bruins are said to be interested in F Nik Antropov.

Boston is apparently looking for help in the absence of Marco Sturm, and possibly Patrice Bergeron, but it’s unknown what the Bruins will send back Toronto’s way.

Meanwhile, the Toronto Star reported that the Chicago Blackhawks are also looking at Antropov.

http://www.tsn.ca/columnists/scott_cullen/

Lyle Richardson of The Hockey News reports that Brian Burke will probably try to package either Kaberle or Kubina to land a high pick in this June’s draft.

http://www.thehockeynews.com/articles/22333

Pierre LeBrun of ESPN reports that the Montreal Canadiens and Philadelphia Flyers both have the hots for Kaberle.

According to LeBrun, another team we need to keep an eye on is the Florida Panthers.

Star D Jay Bouwmeester is set to become an UFA in July, and Kaberle’s contract is very appealing at only $4.25 million a year for two more seasons.

The Panthers might elect to deal Bouwmeester rather than risk losing him for nothing.

Meanwhile, the Toronto Sun and TFP reported that the Leafs have plenty of available cap space and could make a strong push to sign Bouwmeester in July.

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/blog/

http://www.thefourthperiod.com/news/tor090112.html