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Leafs May Have Overestimated The Value Of Kaberle

from Steve Simmons ot the Toronto Sun,

It’s just me, but I can’t understand why NHL teams such as Colorado, Atlanta, Tampa Bay and Dallas, with very little offence from their defence, aren’t lining up to take a run at Tomas Kaberle. The lack of staunch offers for Kaberle almost certainly means whatever the Leafs thought they would get for the defenceman is less than they will end up with.

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MAY have?  I think it’s clear to almost everyone that they’ve way over valued Kaberle.  That said I believe he’ll be an LA King by tomorrow morning

Posted by Paul From Cali on 08/15/10 at 08:52 AM ET

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To anyone who thinks Burke is a great GM, one need only point to the way he ‘s handled the Kaberle situation to see how wrong they are.

I don’t neccesarily think his value was overestimated.  When Burke got to Toronto Kaberle was THE commodity that he had to turn into picks or prospects.  He had multiple years left on a cap-friendly contract and Burke has blown it three times by not trading him at the 2009 trade deadline, the summer after the 08-09 season and this year’s trade deadline. 

Then, of course, Burke started talking about re-signing Kaberle, probably thinking that might drive up Kaberle’s value but why would it, because who honestly believes that Kaberle would want to re-sign with the GM who has been trying to dangle him in front of potential suitors for a year and half?

Now, Kaberle’s value is lower, because he’s only got one year left on his deal and anyone who trades for him would want him to agree to a contract before that.

So yeah, Burke is looking for more than he’d likely get for Kaberle, but I wouldn’t say he’s overestimated Kaberle’s value so much as Burke himself has devalued Kaberle.

In short, Burke is an idiot.

Posted by Garth on 08/15/10 at 01:33 PM ET

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Also, it’s important to understand that not everybody in the NHL is actually, you know, trying to win right now.  Colorado (almost 24 mil under the cap) isn’t.  Tampa (almost 14 mil under) isn’t.  Atlanta (23 mil under the cap) isn’t.  Dallas (almost 13 mil under the cap) isn’t.

Teams are trying to not lose money, and have no interest in trading away a cheaper, younger player along with picks that will get more cheaper, younger players for the privilege of having a better defenseman for one year.

Really, what’s Kaberle going to do for the Avs, or Tampa, or Atlanta, or Dallas?  Make them 5-8 points better all by himself?  So what?

Posted by HockeyinHD on 08/15/10 at 03:53 PM ET

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