Writing's on the wall for Kaberle

As much as Burke loves Kaberle, and Kaberle loves the Leafs, all signs point to a trade

For public consumption anyway, it has been well over a year of mutual admiration and asserting that there is no need for the relationship to end.

Maple Leafs defenceman Tomas Kaberle has professed his love for all things Toronto — save the losing.

Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke has professed his love for all things Kaberle — save the fact that trading him might bring some desperate scoring help.

There’s no reason to disbelieve either position. Both men believe what they say and there still remains a chance that Kaberle is wearing No. 15 for the Leafs when the season opens this October thought.

Over the next seven days we will see if true love trumps the trade market, but one of the partners seems resolved to the relationship dissolving.

Kaberle told a newspaper in his native Czech Republic this week that after weeks and months of trade speculation, he feels this time it will happen. In fact for the first time, the veteran defenceman acknowledged that maybe it wouldn’t be such a bad thing for his career.

“It seems I will probably be dealt this time,” Kaberle told the Czech paper Dnes (Today). “You know, a trade may be good for me and may fill me with new energy and hunger. I do not oppose a trade. Although I love Toronto, a trade is not something I will go crazy about (if it happens.)”

Change of heart

Recognizing that some meaning can get lost in the translation to English, much of Kaberle’s comments with the paper are consistent with what he has said here, as is his interpretation of Burke’s position.

Kaberle’s no-movement clause was officially lifted on Friday at the start of the NHL entry draft and is in place until the middle of August. Even though he can’t pick and choose any new destination, Kaberle is sounding like any other player who has ever found himself on the trading block.

“I would like to go to a club that has a chance to win the Stanley Cup,” Kaberle said. “I do not live in uncertainty. Every player who plays in the NHL must live with the possibility of being traded away.”

Though he is spending the summer in the Czech Republic, Kaberle is well aware of what is taking place on the other side of the ocean. He has been in contact with teammates and friends who no doubt have kept him abreast of the chatter.

“Over the last three weeks I have heard about approximately 15 interested teams,” Kaberle said. “If I had to worry about it, I would go crazy.”


21 Responses to Writing's on the wall for Kaberle

  1. hockey_lover says:

    WOOOO two more Leafs articles/threads.

    Lets discuss this some more. Im SURE there is something that hasnt been said on Kaberle getting traded.

  2. TheLeafNation91 says:

    Haha. I must admit its outrageous…But its the Leafs and the news will always be on them the most

  3. hockey_lover says:

    Sadly, this is true.

  4. nordiques100 says:

    i predict he stays. when there is no talk, that is when a deal seems to happen.

    when its all talk, its just a sure sign that nothing will happen.

  5. hockey_lover says:

    I really hope he does get traded to be honest. Cause the talk will never freaking end. Every two weeks there will be some internet 'tard coming up with a new trade proposal that never comes to light. And dear heavens .. the trade deadline .. AGAIN?  Ugh.

    Please Burkie … trade him. In a blockbuster (so Leafs fans can cream their pants for weeks on the news) or in a dud (so Montreal fans can cream THEIR pants while laughing at Leafs fans).  Just trade him.

  6. TheLeafNation91 says:

    More rumors…

    There are two big name players who are quite possibly going to be tendered offer sheets according to various sources.

    The most definitive offer sheet rumor I am hearing is that of Antti Niemi. Sources have confirmed to me the following: "There is a team out West who feels by tendering an offer sheet to Niemi they would not only help themselves, but also hurt the Hawks as well, since the Hawks are up against the Cap and would not be able to match to sign Niemi."

    The other name is Bobby Ryan, who I am hearing could be linked to the NY Islanders, Devils, Sabres, or Senators with an offer sheet. Another source confirmed to me that another scenario could arise where the Maple Leafs trade for Ryan's rights before a sheet is tendered. The Leafs obviously don't have the picks to make an offer sheet viable.

  7. TheLeafNation91 says:

    My guess would be the Sharks

  8. Kramer says:

    If Kaberle got kidnapped by aliens, he doesn't have to be traded right away.

  9. duchene_9_avs says:

    MY GOD ….. change this site too… mapleleafstraderumors.com ……. your telling me "GOOD" Teams like red wings, caps, penguins, hawks, canucks, avs, sharks, etc…. Don't have trade rumors ….. we need to get better personnel on this site ….. HEY TRADEMAN, stop with this shit…. no ones giving burkie a top six forward for kaberle

  10. hockey_lover says:

    I dont think the issue is with the site persae. We are free to create any threads we want. The problem is that any thread thats not leafs related doesnt get much attention. the majority of people on this site are leafs fans.

  11. LeafsneedSteen says:

    Good teams tend to keep the status quo, good teams are boring.

  12. LeafsneedSteen says:

    For some perspective from Boston this was interestingish


    Boston holds a Kaberle for Savard as their ideal, funny seeing how ever Boston fan on this board thinks that Kaberle is barely worth a 2nd round draft pick.

  13. mojo19 says:

    Is this your first year being a hockey fan?

  14. LeafsneedSteen says:

    Big news out of Dever!  The Avs to buyout out Tom Preissing! Let's discuss the implications…. Wow

  15. reinjosh says:

    Please never quote Eklund on here again. The man gets very little right.

  16. reinjosh says:

    I hate bruins fans. Honestly, they (or most of them) are arrogant assholes. Futurebruin is by far the best bruin fan I have ever spoken too.

  17. LeafsneedSteen says:

    Most of them is Amurikans, dey hav trou3le see'in da puk.

  18. leafit2me says:


    I'm undecided about this one. Stalberg has 20-25 goal potential and is the much bigger player
  19. duchene_9_avs says:

    You wanna debate on hockey mojo ….. we'll do it anytime man …. I'm not a leafs fan and it's pathetic to hear there shit all the time !!!!! GOOF!!!

  20. duchene_9_avs says:

    Good teams WIN!!!!

  21. DannyLeafs says:

    unfortunately there is no avoiding it. The Leafs are the centre of attention for the two biggest fan bases in hockey.

    I really hope Kaberle gets traded as well. I think its time he goes, and it would be nice to talk about something else.

    For instance Atlanta and Florida have been amoung the most active teams, have made some of the Boldest moves, and yet have barely been talked about.

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