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Tomas Kaberle trade talk cools

Kaberle still a Leaf … for now

Tomas Kaberle trade talk cools

Leafs GM Brian Burke basically cut off Tomas Kaberle trade talk on Saturday — temporarily.

“We stopped talking to teams about Tomas Kaberle,” said Burke. “Everyone was focused on the draft.”

Burke figures the trade talk won’t heat up again until after teams start signing free agents July 1 and the market for offensive defencemen is set.

“Some guys are keeping an eye on July 1. We’re not shopping Tomas Kaberle. We’re listening. It’s not a case that we’re taking the best offer. We’re going to get exactly what we want or we’re keeping him.”–tomas-kaberle-trade-talk-cools

Kaberle still a Leaf … for now

With the first window to trade Tomas Kaberle letting in nothing but hot air, the Maple Leafs will move to the next phase.

The team received three serious offers for the puck-moving defenceman over the past two days in Los Angeles but none loaded enough to tempt general manager Brian Burke.

“It’s not a case of we’re going to take the best offer we get,” Burke told reporters Saturday at the conclusion of the draft. “We’re going to get exactly what we want or we are going to keep him.

“We got three offers while we are here and an insult.”

Burke has repeatedly stated that the price for Kaberle, whose no-movement clause officially lifted when the draft began on Friday, will at minimum include a scoring forward.

The fact that offers slowed down on Saturday was no surprise to Burke as his fellow general managers had other business.

“We’re not shopping Tomas Kaberle, we’re listening,” Burke said. “No one was focussed on it and there was no time sensitiveness to it for us unless we were trying to get a high pick for this draft with this player which we are not.”

Burke will continue to listen, of course, but doesn’t expect the most serious offers to be tabled until after the dust from July 1 free agency settles.

“We are going to listen between now and July 1 but my guess is that’s when we will find out whether we are keeping the player or not,” Burke said.

37 Responses to Thomas Kaberle Rumors + News

  1. reinjosh says:

    Here is an interesting comment that tells a whole lot about the Savard speculation. According to Bob McKenzie,"IF Marc Savard goes to TOR, and there is a chance it may happen, Kaberle won't be part of it. It would be a softer trade. Soft deal doesnt involve significant roster players or high end draft pick or picks. If BOS moves Savard, with that contract, return not high. Those are two interesting tid bits. The big thing for me is Savard's concussions. The last one was his fifth? Every hit he takes is a chance that he gets a career ending one. And with Boston going to need huge money for Seguin, Rask, Chara, Bergeron and more in coming years, maybe that 4 million every year that has huge risk behind it, just isnt worth it. I'm still not sold on this rumor because Savard is a guy with 90 point potential signed at 4 million a year!!! Thats not that much. Weird weird news.

  2. Kev_Leafs says:

    Keep in mind though, because the contract was signed before Savard is 35, then if he is forced to retire, then the remaining years on his contract wouldn't count against the cap.  The only thing with his concussion history is that it lowers the return that Boston can expect – especially since it's a salary dump.

  3. reinjosh says:

    I know, thats why it makes even less sense to me.

  4. LeafsneedSteen says:

    It wouldn't matter either way, Savard's contract is front loaded so you could bury him in the minors at cost in the final years of his contract.

    Let's be honest though, Savard maybe has three productive seasons left him.  How many dominant 35+ year old centers come to mind?

  5. HABSSTAR says:

    I don't think we've plumbed the depth of a Kaberle trade quite enough yet.  I think we would need AT LEAST another 6-10 articles telling us that he hasn't been traded yet…

  6. Mapleleaves says:

    i agree there just isnt enough..

    Although i do like new articles for new threads.. it does get annoying trying to find the new responses when theres 50 already.

  7. GO_LEAFS_GO_Noni says:

    jealous much. too bad there are not enough articles on the halak to make you habs happy

  8. LeafsneedSteen says:

    Well just read that the Habs are the favorite in the Frolov sweepstakes, so that should solve their issue of too many soft overpaid floaters in their top six.

  9. LeafsneedSteen says:

    Apparently the Leafs and Ducks were talking about a deal for Corey Perry.  I'd have to imagine that conversation would begin with offering at least Kaberle and one of Kadri, Schenn or a 2012 1st round pick.  Perry would be another cornerstone and definitely worth it IMO. 

    Although I'd like to hold onto Kadri to see the Leafs develop a high end prospect for once (I wasn't old enough to Wendel in his early years).  I'd perfer to see a Bozak, Kaberle and Kulemin offer.

  10. reinjosh says:

    I can tell you right now Kadri and Schenn are probably Burke's most untouchable assets next to Phaneuf and Kessel.

    Apparently the deal was Kulemin and Kaberle for Perry and Anaheim's 2nd.

    The thing with Perry is he has only been a 70 point player twice. He has never scored more than 76 points either.

  11. Kev_Leafs says:

    Off topic, but Monday is the deadline for extending qualifying offers to RFAs.  Have the Leafs qualified theirs?  I haven't read anything about it – I really don't want to see Kulemin or Hanson become UFA based on a technicality. 

  12. Mapleleaves says:

    Im not understanding this Only 70 points, we havnt had a player do that since Sundin, and mogilny before that. Perry has only gotten better and better i think we'd be lucky to get him for Kabs and kueli.

  13. Mapleleaves says:

    I just read somthing about that and i think mitchell is the only one becoming a UFA

  14. reinjosh says:

    Oh, I would do that deal too. I'm just not prepared to give up Schenn or Kadri though. Especially Kadri. This is a guy with number 1 center potential written all over him.

  15. reinjosh says:

    I read that they expected to qualify all of them.

  16. Mapleleaves says:

    oo i didnt understand correctly. I would give up those 2 either.

  17. Kev_Leafs says:

    Yes, but Perry has hovered around 30 goals in three of his five NHL seasons, he's big and he agitates players – qualities Burke loves.  He has a Stanley Cup and an Olympic gold.  Let's not kid ourselves, he'd be great on a line with Kessel.

    Last week this would have sounded insane, but conceivably Kaberle and Kulemin can be shipped to Anaheim to get Perry, while Mitchell, Paradis, and a 5th round pick (c/o cam) could be traded for Savard.  And suddenly the Leafs have a legitimate first line with Perry-Savard-Kessel, and they'd still have plenty of cap-space to pursue free agents.  We'll see what happens.

  18. Kev_Leafs says:

    It looks like they're going to leave it until 11:59 I guess.

  19. reinjosh says:

    No kidding eh. Crazy last couple of days. Thing with Perry is he is a right winger like Kessel so they likely wouldn't be on the same line. Still, two lines with two 30 goal scorers each is crazy.

  20. LeafsneedSteen says:

    Funny how Savard's stock has decline in a couple of days.  Apparently Burke turn down Chiarelli's offering Savard straight up for Kaberle.

    I see it fitting that the draft everyone has collectively obssesed over in the Kessel deal could potentially force Savard to come our way at cost, with the leg work of signing him to an extension taken care of.

    This deal has legs, the Star and Bob McKenzie aren't exactly Eklund…–burke-ready-to-deal-and-has-savard-in-his-sights

  21. LeafsneedSteen says:

    Can we simply make a qualifying offer to Kulemin or take him to arbitration?

  22. reinjosh says:

    Not to mention Dreger, Berger and Kypreos (although the latter is probably the worst of the three).

  23. reinjosh says:

    qualifying offer is in. I don't believe he has arbitration rights.

  24. Kev_Leafs says:

    Sportsnet has it splashed on their homepage.

  25. Kev_Leafs says:

    Where are you reading that the offers have been extended?

  26. HABSSTAR says:

    Actually you totally mis read my post.  The proper response would have been that there are not enough articles on Price not getting traded.  Try to keep up junior.

  27. HABSSTAR says:

    Frolov will not be coming to Montreal. 

    Now if that was an attempt at a jab at the Habs then well, good job I guess..  

    But I don't think anyone will disagree with me that by no means will the last three years show up anywhere as great moments in Habs history.  However they did manage to do a couple of things:

    1) finish first in the Eastern conference – something the Leafs have never done; and

    2) won two rounds in the playoffs therefore equalling the best the Leafs have ever done, EVER.

    So when a mediocre patch of Habs history would be banner events for the Leafs maybe you should reconsider before taking that big lunging punch that you think is going to be the knock out blow but really only puts you out of position and wide open for a hay maker.  Too much testoterone and pugnacity my man, not enough brains. 

    (Note I can't take full credit for this post as I saw it posted on another hockey site but it fit this situation so well I had to use it)

  28. LeafsneedSteen says:

    I thought I'd share some Habs rumors with you, not really in the mood for the 'who's is bigger' banter and prattle on about the minutia of the last ten years.

    I just think the Habs should make it official, sign Frolov and have Dashboard Confessionals playing during their warm ups all year.

    Who cares about testosterone in professional sports?  Jocks are never good sports.

  29. Kev_Leafs says:


    I'm glad they didn't qualify Mitchell.  He's a career AHLer and since we should have a deeper talent in the AHL this year, we totally didn't need him.  He's way too soft/unskilled to fit into the Leaf lineup.

  30. mojo19 says:

    Johnny Mitchell is on the move in the Savard deal anyways. 😉


    Us Habs fans don't need to discuss the Halak trade fo weeks/months on end like this Kaberle deal, I just hope he gets traded so we can all talk about something else.

  32. NonLeafFansAreGay says:

    LOL habs suck

    garbage team
    toilet bowl logo
    ur team is shit
  33. DannyLeafs says:

    I have to agree with you. This has gotten ridiculous. It's not as if there have even been developments in the story. There has been at least an article a week on Kaberle for 4 months now, and an average of probably 4 or 5 a week. Worst of all I have only even read two proposals that weren't from posters on this site.

    Kaberle for Fleishman, Alzner and a 1st


    Kaberle and Kulemin for Perry and a 2nd.

    The latter was likely pure BS. I would do that deal in a heart beat.

    Don't get me wrong. I don't blame Burke for not trading him already, I mean he has only had a window of a combined 3 days to trade him in the midst of all this, but I am sick of reading about whats not developing. 

    I do think that it is similar to the Sundin saga where the media covered it so much that people started to unjustly blame him for it.

    Anyway, I hope it gets done soon so we can talk about something else. I may be a leafs fan, but I am a hockey fan first, and there are more interesting things to talk about then where Kaberle isn't going.

  34. Kev_Leafs says:

    He should now qualify for UFA on July 1st.  It would be like trading Excelby.  No one wants their rights.

  35. mojo19 says:

    that was a joke kev, note the wink

    wake up bud

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