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50/50 Chance Kaberle Will Be Traded

from Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star,

Kaberle’s agent, Rick Curran, feels the odds are just “50-50” that the smooth-skating rearguard will be dealt before his no-trade clause kicks back in at midnight Sunday.

Burke, in an email, said he has received “several legit offers” for Kaberle that he and Toronto’s management team will assess but none is yet enough to close the deal. Of course, when you’re trying to extract the highest possible value for an asset, it’s to Burke’s advantage to take an auction-style approach to proceedings. And he does have until midnight.

“Too early to say if we’ll make a deal or not,” wrote Burke.

Curran said he “wouldn’t be surprised” if Kaberle remains Toronto property. He sees that scenario being just as likely as his client getting moved to Dallas, San Jose, Tampa Bay or any of the other clubs that have been mentioned as potential trading partners with the Leafs.

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Evening Line

How much does a club in a non-traditional market, with scant playoff history, surrender for a player who has only one year remaining on his deal? It’s a tough question. I think Kaberle-to-Columbus remains a long shot, but it makes for an intriguing weekend.

-Tom Reed of Puck-rakers.  More on is Kaberle a fit in Columbus.

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Kaberle Could Fit In Tampa

from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

Given Tampa Bay’s needs on defense, it is naive to believe general manager Steve Yzerman hasn’t at least inquired about getting Kaberle into a Lightning uniform.

Is Kaberle a good fit for the Lightning? Seems like it on the surface. Kaberle, 32, is a sturdy, efficient puck-moving defenseman who had seven goals and 49 points in 82 games last season for Toronto. He averaged 22:21 of ice time. Yes, he was minus-16 on a bad team. But he had three goals and 25 points on the power play.

Kaberle also has one year left on a contract that will pay $4.25 million next season. Even without the expected salary going to other way in a trade, Kaberle fits under the $59.4 million salary cap as Tampa Bay has about a $10 million cushion. It also means the Lightning is not locked into anything long term. That fits perfectly with Yzerman’s idea of evaluating his roster over the next season or two as he reshapes and rebuilds the organization.

more including why he may not fit…

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It’s A Slow News Friday Morning

Nada, nothing, no news, unless you are interested in Patrick Kane and the Stanley Cup getting a police escort to Niagara Falls.

Oh, this just in…

Brian Burke was on Fan590 this morning and said he is looking for a forward with size and scoring ability (note he did not say Top 6 forward) or a package of a high pick and good young player when talking Kaberle trade.

You can listen to the interview here.

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Kaberle Trade Options

from Damien Cox of The Spin,

He (Burke) can also go a couple of different ways on a deal. He can replace Kaberle’s salary with those of incoming players - David Backes, Ryan Malone?  or he can acquire draft picks and inexpensive prospects, say a solid youngster like 23-year-old blueliner Derek Joslin of the Sharks. The Kings, meanwhile, have both kinds of commodities, young veterans and prospects, and could do a hybrid deal.

If Kaberle’s salary isn’t replaced in the deal, Burke could also use it on a free agent before training camp.  Or he can spend it on Boston’s Marc Savard, assuming Savard’s contract isn’t disallowed by Gary Bettman anytime in the near future. Interesting - Burke has vowed not to sign one of these goofy front-loaded contracts, but does that mean he wouldn’t trade for a player who owns one?

The important part is that Kaberle is moved - it’s just time to turn the page - and that tangible assets are required, which might not be the case if he were allowed to stay a Leaf beyond Sunday.

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Burke Points His Finger At Kaberle’s Agent

from Howard Berger of Fan590,

Though it’s understandable that any person directly involved in the Tomas Kaberle trade watch might be fed up by now, statements attributed to the defenseman’s agent on Wednesday afternoon were off the mark.

In a column by Nicholas J. Cotsonika on YahooSports.com, Rick Curran unfairly castigated Maple Leafs’ general manager Brian Burke for the tone of media coverage relating to his client. As per any loyal advocate, Curran spoke passionately on behalf of Kaberle and made a number of salient observations. But, he went overboard, I believe, when he accused Burke of stoking the fires….

When told of the comments, Burke responded appropriately. “He drafted the [limited no-movement] clause… this isn’t my handiwork,” double-B said about Curran. “I’m dealing with what I inherited. So, if he doesn’t like the fact it puts his client in this position, he can certainly accept some of the blame. I don’t have to.”

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Kaberle Expects A Trade

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,

The clock is ticking on Tomas Kaberle(notes). The Toronto Maple Leafs have until Sunday to move the veteran defenseman before his no-trade clause kicks back in. What has been talked about for years, what he has never wanted, now seems almost inevitable.

“If it happens, it happens,” Kaberle’s agent, Rick Curran, said Wednesday. “We’re all big boys. He gave it as good a run as he could. At this point, does he anticipate or expect to be traded? Yeah. He does. He’s not naïve. He’s been around long enough, been a Toronto Maple Leaf long enough, to know that anything could happen in Leafland.”

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Morning Line

“It was a rough start and the last couple of years have been tough on this organization having not made the playoffs. What we can change is what we want to do about it. Staying on the ice together keeping in touch with each other.

“We finished on a positive note, taking steps forward with our young guys and bringing our team together. We feel good about ourselves.”

-Mike Komisarek of the Toronto Maple Leafs.  More from Komisarek and the Leafs from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun.

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Afternoon Line

Until Sunday, expect plenty of Kaberle for Savard rumors.

-James Murphy of ESPN Boston.  Read more on this trade scenario.

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Morning Line

The Leafs need to make Kaberle an ex-Leaf by Sunday, which may be their last opportunity to convert him into other assets. That gives Burke six days to drum up increased interest in a marketplace that is a little dazed and confused these days.

-Damien Cox of the Toronto Star.  Read more on Kaberle from Damien.

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