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Summarizing Cox and Friedman’s comments from Saturday’s ‘mini Hotstove’

Damien Cox and Elliotte Friedman had about 70 seconds' worth of time to issue their version of the Satellite Hotstove on Saturday's Hockey Night in Canada broadcast, but they sped-talked their way through the following topics:

1. Cox says questions were surrounding Kaberle-Rangers participation in Kaberle's skate in Toronto today as the New Jersey Devils have had Scott Gomez around for over a month, but he can't travel with them on the road as he's not under contract/can't be paid;

Kaberle is allowed to travel with the team, per an NHL memo, for about 10 days before the team has to sign him or let him go, so the Rangers have to make their decision in another 7 days.

2. Friedman reports that while Taylor Hall remains on the IR with a sprained knee, Hall can at least skate early next week, though his timeline has not changed;

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A quartet of Twitter-worthy stories

If you don't follow Paul on Twitter, you should for many reasons, including the fact that he posts a significant amount of content that doesn't quite make blog standards, generally because it's more "talk" than "news" (and we want you to get the news here on KK, not the fluffernutter). Three of those kinds stories follow:

1. Tomas Kaberle is 36, he posted a less-than-enthralling 4 goals, 20 assists and a -8 in 48 games with HC Kladno of the Czech Extraliga this past season (and 3 assists and a -5 in 5 games for the Czech Olympic team; I'm not sure if the pass-first-past-second-and-pass-third defenseman ever shoots the puck), but he showed up at Biosteel Sports' pro camp in Toronto on Monday, and in addition to reminiscing upon his time spent in Toronto, Kaberle told the National Post's Michael Traikos that he's got a try-out deal in the works...

“It’s not in Ontario,” Kaberle said Monday at the BioSteel Pro Hockey Camp at St. Michael’s College. “I’m planning to stay around here if possible, so we’ll see what’s going to happen in the next few weeks.”

Kaberle discussed his decision to spend a year with his hometown team...

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Using The Waiver Option

Bob McKenzie tweeted today that Tomas Kaberle has been put on waivers and then followed up with this tweet...

Suspect we'll see more teams do same with waivers in coming days. Put bubble guys on, let em clear, hold onto em, demote only if req'd.

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Too Early To Judge The Kaberle Trade

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

Kaberle was a failure with the Boston Bruins. He flopped with the Carolina Hurricanes. So what does the guy do in his first game wearing his fourth different jersey in less than a year? He assists on both goals in the Canadiens’ 2-1 victory in New Jersey on Saturday.

Oops! What do you think of Kaberle now, folks?

Do we have a statue of him placed alongside those now parked in front of the Bell Centre? Do we flood the owner’s office with urgent requests to extend the contracts of Pierre Gauthier and Jacques Martin? Should we start planning the route for the Stanley Cup parade?

For now, at least, the answer is no to all of the above.

What we do is sit back and see what Kaberle does from here. He was acquired to quarterback the team’s mediocre power play, and his first point as a Canadien was the second assist on Max Pacioretty’s goal with the man advantage early in the second period.

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Why Kaberle?

from Mike Boone of Hockey Inside/Out,

There are now two clear-cut criteria for being GM of the Montreal Canadiens:

* The candidate must speak French.
* He must own a hazardous-materials suit to handle the toxic contracts this team is carrying on its books.

Carolina signed Kaberle to a three year contract for $4.25 million per.

On the Canadiens burgeoning roster of guys on the wrong side of 30 who are signed long-term for big $$$, Kaberle joins the poster child for toxicity,  Scott Gomez; Andrei Markov, who’s playing Tiny Tim in the team’s production of A Christmas Carol;  and the two players who are earning their money (so far): Brian Gionta and Erik Cole.

Will Kaberle help the ailing PP?

He didn’t in Boston.

And the pedigree! Kaberle played for the Leafs AND Bruins, who, from a Canadiens fan’s perspective, are Hamas and Hezbollah.

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Carolina/Montreal Trade

via Darren Dreger of TSN,

Kaberle traded to Mtl for Spacek. Done deal.

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Kaberle With A Fresh Start In Carolina

from Chip Alexander of the News & Observer,

Tomas Kaberle slipped into a Carolina Hurricanes sweater for the first time Thursday and skated with some of his new teammates at Raleigh Center Ice.

In his many years with the Toronto Maple Leafs, the defenseman wore No. 15. Tuomo Ruutu has that uniform number with the Canes, but Kaberle said he doesn’t mind simply reversing the numbers and wearing No. 51.

“Something new,” Kaberle said, smiling. “It’s a new team, a new number and a fresh start for me.”...

“It was an adjustment (in Boston),” Kaberle conceded. “I played different minutes than I had played in Toronto. I said I don’t care, I’ll do my best and see what happens.

“I will prepare for this season like always. I’m not at the end of my career. I just want to play my hockey. I just want to play my hockey style and that’s why they signed me here.”

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Why Kaberle Just Didn’t Fit In Boston

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

So what was the issue with Kaberle in Boston? The central characters - Kaberle, GM Peter Chiarelli, coach Claude Julien - have always been wary to discuss the subject on the record.

But there were three issues that held Kaberle back. First, he had gotten too comfortable. Kaberle had been a Leaf for 12 seasons. Didn’t make the playoffs for six straight years. Suddenly, Kaberle parachuted into a Cup run. Physically and mentally, he couldn’t make the jump.

Second, he wasn’t in peak shape. There’s a reason Kaberle played his best in spare helpings.

Third, he’s a sensitive man. When the power play staggered out of the gate, Kaberle was the target of the blame. It wasn’t all his fault. But Kaberle had trouble finding the swagger a power-play quarterback requires because of the slow start.

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Tomas Kaberle To Carolina

via Darren Dreger tweet,

Tomas Kaberle agrees to 3 yr, $12.75 deal with Carolina!! Done.

added 4:44pm,

RALEIGH, NC – Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms on a three-year contract with defenseman Tomas Kaberle. The deal will pay Kaberle an average of $4.25 million per season.

“Tomas is one of the top puck-moving defensemen in the NHL and power-play specialist,” said Rutherford. “He has had a good career and is now a Stanley Cup champion. We welcome him to Carolina and look forward to his contributions to the Hurricanes.”

 

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Game Day Transcript: Boston Bruins

Today’s Q&A with the Boston Bruins, beginning with coach Claude Julien.

Updated 5:08pm ET: Tyler Seguin, Tomas Kaberle, Nathan Horton and Michael Ryder added below. 

(Vancouver Canucks already posted here.)
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Q.  Claude, can you talk about just how much video you’ve done since Game 1 and fit it into where does that stands versus what you do during the regular season?  Is it all the same?

COACH JULIEN:  Well, you know, it is all the same.  Obviously you’re playing the same team over and over again.  If anything, probably the type of video that you’re showing is a little different.  During the season, you’re showing the other team’s tendencies.  Here you’re making some adjustments as far as how they play.

Obviously, we don’t see them much during the season.  So this is a final that requires, probably from the coaches’ end of it, a little bit more time on the video, dissecting it more than we normally would.

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Kaberle Gets His Shot At The Cup

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Tomas Kaberle is in the same exact position as his older brother, Frantisek, was five years ago: playing for the Stanley Cup and thinking this might be his one-and-only chance to win an NHL championship. Frantisek’s Carolina Hurricanes were the favourites and he was one of the defence-by-committee crew that ultimately played seven gruelling cross-continent games against the Edmonton Oilers before winning it all.

“When I saw him come back that summer after winning the Stanley Cup, he looked like a different person,” Kaberle remembered Tuesday. “It was a difficult couple of months for him and they had to work really hard.

“But the first thing he said was, ‘It was worth it.’ I was watching back home on TV. At the end of the day, he said, ‘It was an unbelievable feeling and I’ll probably never be in it again, so I was enjoying it.’”

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Kaberle Under a Microscope

From Scott Burnside at ESPN, thoughts on the Boston Bruins and the puzzle of Tomas Kaberle:

Also on Kaberle from earlier today, a story from Shawn P. Roarke at NHL.com

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Kaberle Needs To Up His Game

from James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail,

Tomas Kaberle could be looking for his third NHL team this summer.

Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli was asked about the veteran defenceman’s performance so far with his team yesterday and didn’t exactly paint a picture of a player with a long career as a Bruin ahead of him.

“Has he been a disappointment? He hasn’t played up to the level that we expected,” Chiarelli told 98.5 The Sports Hub. “There have been parts of his game where he hasn’t played in the playoffs for a while and some of those [bad] habits have stuck with him. We expected better.”

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Will Kaberle Stick in Boston?

From Lyle Richardson at The Hockey News:

At this stage it’s too early to tell how contract talks will go between Kaberle and the Bruins as he’s still settling in with the team.

He might be tempted to test the summer’s free agent market, where he’d be among the few notable stars available and thus could earn top dollar. It’s believed Kaberle would prefer to remain in the Eastern Conference and, if he enjoys playing in Boston, would consider a longer term for perhaps less money than he’d fetch in free agency.

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LLL - Giving Kaberle a Proper Farewell

Less than 24 hours after the Toronto Maple Leafs finally traded Tomas Kaberle, Number 15 found himself wearing Number 12 in the Boston Bruins’ line up. Number 15 is retired in TD Garden, you see. Hall of Famer Milt Schmidt wore it while winning 4 Stanley Cups and a Hart Trophy with the Bruins.

But the number wasn’t the only thing that was eerily unfamiliar.

Kaberle found himself in a game between the Boston Bruins and the Ottawa Senators, two bitter division rivals he had battled against since 1998.

This time, though, he wasn’t wearing the Blue and White jersey with the Maple Leaf crest in the middle. Black and Yellow were now his colors.

The longest-serving current Leaf was traded yesterday for Joe Colborne, Boston’s 1st in 2011 and a conditional 2nd.

Leaf Nation has been ecstatic with the return. So much so, that they have forgotten the respect servitude and loyalty deserve.

But Kaberle deserves a proper goodbye.

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Good-Bye Kaberle

from Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star,

On Toronto ice, he will be missed, at least for his lovely first passes out of the zone, the dynamic puck movement and his anchoring on the power play point, a role now almost exclusively devolved to the over-rated Dion Phaneuf.

Kaberle may have had an earful of “SHOOT THE DAMN PUCK!” from Leaf fans over the years for his too-patient maneuvering in the offensive zone, but there was no doubt he could see the play with instincts few possess. In his own end, of course, he was often a maddening liability, rarely using his size combatively.

“He’s been here a long time,’’ said Burke. “During that time, he was a low-maintenance player, a quality player on the ice, a community-minded player. He was one of the best defencemen to play here in this era, if not the best.

“And a gentleman the whole time.”

Alas, this is no league for extraordinary gentlemen.

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Kaberle To The Bruins—it’s official

via Darren Dreger tweet,

Colborne, Boston’s 1st in 2011 and a conditional pick for Kaberle the basis of the trade. Trade call still has to be made to close the deal.

added 1:08pm, via another Dreger tweet,

Bruins may have another deal involving Blake Wheeler in the works. Leafs not involved.

Update 2:52 PM,: As noted below, the trade is official—the Bruins traded Colborne and their first-round draft pick, not the Leafs,’ to Toronto for Kaberle, who the Bruins hope will join their lineup tonight. Colborne will report to the Marlies and, according to the CBC’s Jeff Marek, play against the Grand Rapids Griffins on Saturday.

Brian Burke will conduct a press conference at 4 PM, and as noted previously, the Bruins did trade Blake Wheeler and Mark Stuart to Atlanta for Rich Peverley and Boris Valabik.  Capgeek.com reports that the Bruins will now have about $800,000 in salary cap space to work with.

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Updated: He’s a Bruin!  Kaberle Could Be Traded Today

from Damien Cox of The Spin,

All signs are point to Tomas Kaberle becoming a Boston Bruin today.

This could change, either in a league trade call that has yet to take place between the Leafs and Bruins, or if the teams miscommunicate in the way they did back in June, 2009 when a deal involving Kaberle for Phil Kessel literally fell apart on the draft floor because Brian Burke and Peter Chiarelli believed they were talking about different deals.

Or, of course, the B’s might feel better about their prospects after pounding the Islanders last night.

But right now, it’s believed the Leafs would get Boston’s first round pick this June (not the second of two first rounders sent to the Bruins in the Kessel deal) and a prospect. Winger Blake Wheeler is apparently not in play, but the Leafs might be zeroing in on one of two good Boston prospects, Ontario junior Ryan Spooner or Providence centre Joe Colborne.

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Update 2:28 PM: Per the Globe and Mail’s James Mirtle, the trade is official.

Update 2:38 PM the CP confirms that the trade is official and AM 640 in Toronto reports that Brian Burke will hold a press conference today at 4:30 PM EST. Mirtle also has an article up on the Globe and Mail discussing the ramifications of the trade.

Update 2:50 PM: TSN’s Darren Dreger reports that the Bruins hope to get Kaberle into their lineup tonight.

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Kaberle To Boston Getting Closer

from Darren Dreger of the Dreger Report,

Failing a complete meltdown - which has scuttled at least one previous trade involving the Toronto Maple Leafs, Tomas Kaberle, and the Boston Bruins - there’s strong belief that Kaberle will be traded to Boston.

It’s unlikely the deal gets done today, but sources say it’s close and say the deal doesn’t hinge on Kaberle signing an extension with the Bruins.

The dynamics of the trade haven’t been entirely worked out and sources indicate the Leafs are is waiting for Boston to put the final pieces of the puzzle in place - a process which may take another day or two to finalize.

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Video- Kypreos & MacLean Talk Kaberle

The Hockey Insiders at Sportsnet discuss the talk of Tomas Kaberle being traded to Boston.

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Kaberle A Fit In Montreal?

via Barry Morgan of CJAD,

Guy Carbonneau says the Canadiens need to make a deal, not at any price, but they need to acquire someone like Maple Leafs defenseman Tomas Kaberle before the February 28th NHL trade deadline.

Carbonneau told “The Habs Show” on CJAD Sunday afternoon that, given the number of Habs defensemen who are hurt, they need more resources. Andrei Markov and Josh Gorges are both coming off knee surgeries while Hal Gill has missed the last two games with an upper-body injury.

Carbonneau believes the Canadiens are examining all their options but it doesn’t appear to the former Habs captain and head coach that the Habs have enough depth in Hamilton and he’d go after Kaberle.

Leafs general manager Brian Burke told “The Habs Show” on Saturday he’s had some talks with Habs G-M Pierre Gauthier and has no problem trading within his division, although he won’t trade a goalie or tough-guy to another team in the Northeast.

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Habs storm to another win

The Canadiens looked great tonight, beating the Ottawa Senators 4-1 on the back of the ever more impressive Carey Price. Goals from four different players staked the Habs to victory, topped off by a late marker from Roman Hamrlik. Hamrlik has been a rock of late, looking younger, faster and more apt to chip in offensively since the injury to Andrei Markov.

Of note to Habs fans, Scott Gomez left in the second with an injury and did not return. Yanick Weber, taken headfirst into the boards early in the game, finished the contest without any apparent cobwebs.

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Kaberle & Wilson Have Had Positive Talks

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

When Wilson was asked if the much anticipated summit with the defenceman had taken place after a summer of salvos across the Atlantic between Brian Burke and Kaberle’s father, he warmed to the topic.

“We’ve sat down and talked,” Wilson said ” All our talks have been really positive, as I expected them to be.

“I’ll get this out there now so there are no issues, he may only play one of the first five exhibition games (next week). Because I know what he can do and I know he can play with other people. Kabba is 32 years old. At the end of training camp I need to have him fresh. You don’t want your team dead after one week.

“I know (a feud) is a nice story for you guys to hang your hats on,” he said added with a smile, “but there really isn’t an issue. I just wanted to get that out there and be on the offensive and give you the information so you aren’t running around thinking (he’s benched) and there is something else going on.”

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Kaberle Clears The Air

from Jonas Siegel of 640Toronto,

Tomas Kaberle says there are no issues between him and Ron Wilson.

Following a wild summer of trade rumours, speculation and remarks from his father skewering his relationship and future with the coach, the four-time all-star finally set the record straight.

“I don’t agree with everything my father says,” said Kaberle. “That’s normal, like I don’t agree with everything with my coach, but especially when you’re losing you get into some arguments. That’s good. I’ll take it as a challenge.”

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Ron Wilson Wants To Talk With Kaberle

from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

Toronto Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson has heard all the rumors about Tomas Kaberle and Tomas Kaberle’s father. But he wants to sit down with the veteran defenseman and hash things out face-to-face before he believes any of it.

“All this has come from out in left field and until I sit down and talk about this with Kaba, there’s no point in commenting any further,” Wilson told TheHockeyNews.com Tuesday. “People are quoted in a foreign magazine – and this isn’t the first time something like this has come up. If Kaba wants to come and talk to me about some of this stuff, that’s the best way for us to address any of the issues he thinks he has.”

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Getting Messy In Toronto

from Dave Fuller of the Toronto Sun,

The Toronto Maple Leafs have a Tomas Kaberle problem. The longer it festers, the more likely it is to infect other regions of the dressing room.

This is hardly a revelation to team president Brian Burke. He’d have moved Kaberle months ago if, in his mind, he was getting equal value in return.

But this isn’t just about trading a player anymore. It’s about cleaning up a mess.

Burke likely won’t have to ask the veteran defenceman to waive his “no-trade” clause, which the GM is loathe to do. Kaberle and his people — from his father, Frantisek, to his agent, Rick Curran — understand the situation. And, the situation, I suspect, is becoming intolerable.

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Columbus Did Make An Offer For Kaberle

via Tom Reed of Puck-rakers at the Columbus Dispatch,

The Blue Jackets offered no players from their NHL roster in trade talks with Toronto for Tomas Kaberle, the Dispatch has learned. This is hardly surprising given that Kaberle had only one season remaining on his deal. (Some of the projected proposals—i.e. Jake Voracek—were entertaining.) It’s believed the Jackets’ offer was centered around draft picks and prospects. While Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke said he was looking for a top-6 forward—hey, there’s nothing wrong with putting that out in the media, right?—it’s thought he was amenable to draft picks or prospects or a combination of both.

Clearly, Burke did not get what he wanted from the Jackets or anyone else. Who knows what happens next, but Kaberle holds the hammer with his no-trade clause. Remember, last season at the trade deadline, when given a chance to play for a playoff contender, Kaberle reportedly submitted a list of three teams where he would agree to be traded. Three teams. Kaberle is like George Costanza refusing to leave Play Now no matter how hostile a work environment management creates.

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Will The Kaberle Situation Die Down?

from Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star,

Relieved that he was not being traded without any control over his destination and will, instead, remain with the Maple Leafs. Hopeful that the speculation about his future will die down, so he can put his focus on the upcoming season in Toronto without the distraction of trade rumours.

“He’s just trying to get everything back to normal and makes plans to come back to Toronto,” said his agent Rick Curran after speaking with Kaberle this morning.

“He woke up in the morning and he was relieved to know he wasn’t going somewhere he didn’t know he’d be going to.”

“Now,” continued Curran. “I’m just quite hopeful that everything settles down. Let’s just let everything settle down.”

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added 3:46pm, from Jeff Domet of CBC,

Is it crazy to think that Kaberle can transform from an all-star defencemen into a top-line centre in the National Hockey League, and quickly?

It’s been done before.

Hockey Hall of Famer Red Kelly was an all-star defenceman for Detroit in the 1950’s, winning four Stanley Cups for the Red Wings. Once Kelly arrived in Toronto in the 1960’s, Maple Leaf GM/head coach Punch Imlach asked him to switch to centre.

Like Kelly, Kaberle is a great playmaker, who has stellar vision on the ice. Kaberle is also an underrated skater who could keep up with the speedy Kessel.

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This Can’t Be Called A Resolution

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Brian Burke professes to be pleased there has been a “resolution” to the Tomas Kaberle situation.

Resolution? What resolution?

For 14 months, ever since a weird piece of NHL draft-day confusion had the Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins thinking they had a deal involving Kaberle before they realized they weren’t talking about the same deal, the Leafs have been trying to get Kaberle on to a plane and out of a Toronto uniform….

The Leafs, meanwhile, have already started pretending they’re happy that he is still part of the team.

This is going to be one big whopper of a lie both sides will have to tell.

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The Latest Kaberle Trade Watch

via Darren Dreger tweet,

One team from each conference still in the hunt for Kaberle. Sources say there’s still a chance he gets traded tonight, but not likely.

added 8:29pm,

The Jackets are no longer in serious contention for Kaberle, an NHL source told the Dispatch. Jackets general manager Scott Howson and Toronto general Brian Burke had several good discussions, the source said, but there’s “no fit there.”

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added 9:15pm, via Nick Kypreos tweet,

With Bieksa and Mitchell in play, its slowed the urgency for Kaberle. As of now teams like SJ seems more interested in grit than finesse.

added 11:00pm, via Scott Burnside tweet,

Barring a miracle (ie. In the next hour) Tomas Kaberle will remain a Maple Leaf. Now back to Madmen.

added 11:59pm, via Darren Dreger tweet,

No trade for Kaberle

added 12:07am 8/16/10, via MapleLeafs.com,

STATEMENT FROM BRIAN BURKE

The hockey club confirms this evening that Tomas Kaberle remains a Leaf. While a number of Clubs made offers to trade for Tomas, none of them reflected Tomas’s value to our team. I understand a period like this is stressful to the player, and we are pleased that there is a resolution, and we can all continue to prepare for the coming season.

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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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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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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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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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Soon The Kaberle Talk Will Be Over

from Mike Ulmer of MapleLeafs.com,

This will be the second-last blog I write on Tomas Kaberle.

The final one will come when he is traded, or by some miracle, re-signed by the Maple Leafs.

Trade rumours concerning Tomas Kaberle started on simmer at the beginning of the season. They bubbled nicely before taking off around the March 3 trading deadline. Now they have until August 15 to be rendered into something real.

You read more on Tomas Kaberle than any other Leaf this season. He has had more names connected to him than Madonna. The year before he was supposed to have vetoed a deal that would have brought him to Philadelphia for Jeff Carter and a first rounder. Now the names are less grand but still tantalizing, Drew Stafford in Buffalo, Devin Setoguchi in San Jose, Ryan Malone in Tampa. Feel free to pencil in your own candidate. Everyone else has.

A scan of your Czech\English dictionary will reveal that Kaberle actually means ‘one who moves in rumour and not in fact.’

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What Offer Is Right For Kaberle?

from Michael Traikos ot the National Post at the Montreal Gazette,

“We’re not asking for anything,” Burke said. “We’re fielding offers. We’re either going to get an offer that makes sense for Tomas Kaberle or we’re going to keep him.”

The difficulty is figuring out what offers might make sense.

It is no secret that the Leafs, who appear to be starting the season with sophomore Tyler Bozak and rookie Nazem Kadri as their top two centres, are incredibly thin up front. The team needs players who can put the puck in the net. So any deal would have to include a top-six forward.

But with 180 top-six forward positions in the league, the quality varies.

“Is it Sidney Crosby or is it someone who got 21 goals last year?” asked one league GM, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “It would depend on what your qualifications on a top-six forward are. I would assume that Burkie is talking about a guy that could bring some offence.”

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Get Your Offers In For Kaberle

from TSN,

While teams continue to make inquiries about the availability of defenceman Tomas Kaberle, the Toronto Maple Leafs say that all is quiet at the moment.

It is believed that the Leafs will once again turn up the heat on dealing their blueliner around August 1st when they will contact the teams who have already tabled offers.

At that time the message will be “improve the offers, otherwise Kaberle will be taken off the market.”

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Will Kaberle Remain In Toronto?

from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,

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.

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Devils May Have Interest In Kaberle

from Mark Everson of the NY Post,

While the Devils’ search for their next coach continues with Chicago assistant and Jersey native Mike Haviland believed to be the latest candidate interviewing for the job, sources say general manager Lou Lamoriello may be among the strongest bidders for Leafs defenseman Tomas Kaberle.

Kaberle, whom general manager Lou Lamoriello could be targeting, has been a regular trade subject in Toronto at the usual deal junctures, but Leafs GM Brian Burke recently circulated an e-mail to other general managers outlining the upcoming window in Kaberle’s no-trade clause.

Kaberle, 32, is to make $4.25 million next season, the last on his deal before he becomes unrestricted in 2011. The Devils will be making a decision on Paul Martin, who becomes unrestricted July 1 after earning $4.5 million last year. One other possibility is Dan Hamhuis, who also becomes unrestricted on July 1.

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Teams Show Interest In Kaberle

from Michael Traikos of the National Post at the Montreal Gazette,

Ever since Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke sent a note to the National Hockey League’s 29 other teams explaining how Tomas Kaberle’s no-trade clause works, interest has reportedly grown for the puck-moving defenceman.

But while the Leafs are free to move Kaberle at the upcoming NHL entry draft, the 32-year-old’s agent suggested that teams might want to first find out whether his client wants to play for them.

Kaberle, who has repeatedly expressed his desire to remain in Toronto, has one year remaining on his current contract. That means that if he goes to a team that he does not approve of, he might end up being nothing more than a rental player.

“As of the draft, we don’t have a no-trade (clause),” agent Rick Curran said. “But it’s almost effectively a no-trade, because unless Tomas wants to go there most general managers that I’m familiar with are not giving up asset value for a one-year player who may not even want to come to my team. Especially with what Brian wants in return.’’

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Is Kaberle Playing His Last Home Game As A Leaf?

from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,

It is, Tomas Kaberle says, the last thing on his mind to say good-bye to Toronto on Tuesday night.

After all, he has faced the “this-could-be-my-last-game-here” scenario often enough to shrug it off.

And when you are around the Maple Leafs as long as the 32-year-old defenceman has been, you must get used to shrugging things off.

But what if the game against the Philadelphia Flyers is it for Kaberle, what if it is his last home game as a Leaf? How will he be remembered?

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Report- Tomas Kaberle Has Had Enough Of Ron Wilson

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

The quiet war between Tomas Kaberle and Ron Wilson marches towards a likely divorce with the coach firing what may have been the final shots at the longest-serving of all Maple Leaf players….

The historically quiet and almost non-combative defenceman has told old friends he “can’t stand playing for Wilson” and much as he has loved playing for the Leafs and living in Toronto throughout his National Hockey League career, even through five straight seasons out of the playoffs, he is prepared to move on because he is unhappy with the manner in which Wilson coaches the Leafs and the lack of respect he shows for the players.

“He’s had enough,” a good friend said. “He’s at his wit’s end with the guy.”

read on

note: this link may change over the next few hours, if so, please leave a comment and I will try to track it down…

added 8:27pm, As noted, the link went bad.  If I run into later tonight or tomorrow morning, I will update.

added 10:29pm, Found a new link, hopefully it now works.

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Burke Unable To Move Kaberle On Short Notice

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

For a tantalizing 24 hours, Brian Burke had the valued card that he had so badly wanted to play in the months counting down to Wednesday’s NHL trade deadline.

Tomas Kaberle and agent Rick Curran put themselves in the big game, letting it be known they’d relent and waive his no-trade clause, pending Burke’s exploratory talks with three select clubs.

But Burke either could not make something happen with such a limited field or had too little time, and the day ended with Kaberle aboard the flight to Boston with the rest of the Leafs for Thursday’s game.

Kaberle has been singin’ in the rain for the five years the Leafs have missed the playoffs, convincing himself that sunny skies were coming back.

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Kaberle Plans To Stay In Toronto

from Jonas Siegel of 640am,

It’s not happening.

That’s at least the latest impression from Kaberle who reiterated Sunday his much-repeated stance of remaining in blue and white beyond the March 3rd trade deadline.

“I hope so,” Kaberle said of staying with the Leafs through March 3rd. “Nothing changed on my side so we’ll see.”

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Could Kaberle Land With Vancouver?

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

Not saying it’s going to happen, but one interesting rumor making the rounds would have the Toronto Maple Leafs trading defenseman and leading scorer Tomas Kaberle to the Vancouver Canucks for prospect Cody Hodgson, who has finally overcome his back problems and is playing well for the Brampton Battalion of the Ontario League.

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