Thomas Kaberle: The Next Leaf To Leave For Vancouver?

JEREMY KEENANContributor IJanuary 9, 2009

Rumor has it that Thomas Kaberle could end up with longtime teammate Mats Sundin.  The Maple Leaf blue-liner has a no-trade clause in his contract, but he told reporters yesterday in Montreal that he wouldn't want to play for a team that doesn't involve him in its long-term plans. 

Toronto GM Brian Burke is "draft pick" hungry and may use Vancouver's interest as an opportunity. 

Kaberle is considered one of the top 10 blue-liners in the NHL, and is a world-class passer.  It would be a great fit for a contending team. Vancouver would love to add a player of Kaberle's talent if he is available. 

Would they be willing to let go of prospect Cody Hodgson? The Brampton Battalion player and Vancouver prospect might be exactly who the leafs and Burke need.