Kaberle yet to cash in on unrestricted free-agent status

It’s a tough time to be a free agent.

Tomas Kaberle, Christian Hanson and Darryl Boyce are finding that out as unrestricted free agents.

Clarke MacArthur and Tyler Bozak are going to find that out as restricted free agents.

Tuesday is the deadline for MacArthur and Bozak to file for arbitration. If it goes that far, arbitration on their cases could go as late as the first week of August.

The Leafs have said they’d be prepared to walk away from any arbitration ruling they thought was too steep.

Kaberle has not cashed in on his unrestricted free-agent status. He earned $4.25 million last year but his poor performance on the Stanley Cup-winning Boston Bruins has meant the market for the 33-year-old is “limited” said one NHL source. “Not like he wanted.”

The Red Wings were said to be interested in Kaberle, but settled on another ex-Leaf, Ian White, instead. The Bruins continue to talk to the puck-moving defenceman for whom they gave up Joe Colborne, this year’s first round pick (Stuart Percy) and a second-rounder next year.

Other teams said to be interested in Kaberle are Nashville and Minnesota.