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by Paul on 08/12/10 at 04:00 PM ET
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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