Tomas Kaberle trade watch heads to tennis court
As currently scheduled, Brian Burke plans to be on the grounds of York University Sunday afternoon watching the singles final of the Rogers Cup.
Doesn’t exactly sound like a hockey GM girding for a blockbuster, does it? Maybe they’ll let the Maple Leafs boss set up a war room adjoining Centre Court as the final hours of the Tomas Kaberle trade watch tick down.
Then again, Burke does have until midnight Sunday, and hockey people being animals of habit and lovers of deadlines, this one could go down to 11:59 p.m. or whatever time prior to the midnight hour a trade would have to be registered with the league to be official.
Burke says he has offers, and sources confirm that. But teams that are in the game were either lukewarm or pretending to be so over the past few days, and Burke himself was suggesting Friday there was only one deal that he thought might make sense as currently proposed.
San Jose is interested to some degree, and GM Doug Wilson has as many good prospects and young players as any team. Pick one of them — Derek Joslin, Logan Couture, Devon Setoguchi — and throw in a first-round pick, and Kaberle and something else could get a deal done. The Sharks aren’t keen on the fact that Kaberle has only one year left on his deal and would prefer to play in the east, but for a moderate price they’d add punch to their blue line.
Los Angeles is in or out depending on the source, and depending on the day, and depending on whether GM Dean Lombardi thinks he’s still got a shot at Ilya Kovalchuk. Dallas — a team looking at new ownership — might be looking to move Mike Ribeiro, who doesn’t exactly fit Toronto’s need but is a solid points producer. Brad Richards? Possibly.