WHO IS NEXT?
TERRY KOSHAN – TorontoSun.com
Now that Brian Burke has started to clean house, who could be next to go from the Maple Leafs? Tomas Kaberle? Alexei Ponikarovsky? Lee Stempniak?
Kaberle said there was nothing new on his front, and would have to waive his no-trade clause.
“Nothing has changed on this side,” Kaberle said. “I want to remain a Leaf.”
Ponikarovsky and Stempniak know they could have a one-way ticket out of Toronto before the NHL trade deadline on March 3.
“It’s up to them,” Ponikarovsky said. “We will see. I am just another guy who has to play and show them I want to be here. I’m not thinking about it.”
Ponikarovsky and Stempniak both will be unrestricted free agents on July 1, so Burke conceivably could get draft picks in return.
“I am not living in fear of a trade,” Stempniak said. “But when teams aren’t winning, you expect changes. You don’t expect something of that magnitude (the two big trades on Sunday).”