Rangers Take Bell Before Avery, Leafs Say Kaberle is Still Available

Martin AverySenior Writer IFebruary 25, 2009

Tomas Kaberle can be traded, Toronto Maple Leafs, General Manager, Brian Burke announced today.

According to the National Post, Kaberle said he didn't want to leave Toronto, but he gave Burke a list of 10 teams where he could play.

Burke wants a first round draft pick; a guy who can join the team right now and a top prospect, for Kaberle, said a Sportsnet report.
The Leafs lost another player to re-entry waivers.

The New York Rangers picked up a former first round pick for half price when, GM, Glen Sather claimed Mark Bell off waivers.

Bell was playing with the Toronto Marlies in the AHL.

Bell had his career derailed by a drunk driving and hit-and-run conviction while playing for the San Jose Sharks.

He was suspended 15 games by the NHL and served in a prison work program in California last summer and was placed in stage two of the NHL's substance abuse program.

Bell was arrested in September 2006 after his Toyota sedan rear-ended a pickup truck in an early morning accident in Milpitas, Calif.

The driver received head injuries and cuts, according to CBCNews.ca.

Bell walked a short distance from the scene and was arrested. His blood-alcohol level was more than 0.15, nearly double the state's legal limit, the prosecutors said.

Playing with the Toronto Marlies of the AHL, in 56 games he had 12 goals and 15 assists.

According to AP, Bell has $2.5-million remaining on his contract, which will be split between the Rangers and Leafs. The Rangers are responsible for about $300 thousand of Bell's salary.

Bell is the third player the Leafs have placed on re-entry waivers in an attempt to give veteran players with NHL experience another shot.

Forwards, Bates Battaglia and Boyd Devereaux, were both recently left exposed in the re-entry process.

There is still cap space for Sean Avery, if the Rangers can claim him on recall waivers, when the Stars decide to do what the Leafs have done with Bell, Battaglia, and Devereaux.