I don’t think I’ve ever browsed or heard as many Tomas Kaberle rumors as I have in the past two days. I mentioned that Anaheim was one of the teams in pursuit, and now it looks as though Buffalo is another team with serious interest.
Some “insiders” out there have speculated that Anaheim isn't putting Bobby Ryan on the table for Kaberle. It makes total sense—I would never even entertain that idea from an Anaheim perspective.
However, the Ducks are interested in a big time prospect like Luke Schenn or Nazem Kadri as part of a “bigger deal” some have reported.
Please, don’t do it Brian Burke. I would probably weep if the Leafs dealt Kadri or Schenn in a package for Ryan. It isn’t the right move, and Burke will fall into the same scheme as those before him; trading young assets because of a failed season. But don’t get me wrong, not all Leafs prospects fit the same bill.
Kadri and Schenn are untouchable in my eyes. Kadri is arguably one of the best players in the CHL, and Schenn is a cornerstone for the franchise. Keep them both.
Where the trade could get interesting is if Burke adds in a couple of young players that aren’t cornerstones or as highly touted.
Viktor Stalberg and Nikolai Kulemin could be shipped out with Kaberle in order to attempt to get the rights of Ryan, but even then it’s not that tempting to the Ducks.
Burke has to avoid letting go of Naz or Schenn, but other than that I say any other prospect could/should be packaged along with Kaberle for Ryan.
Will it work? Probably not. But Burke will definitely give it a try. Let’s just hope he keeps his head on straight and leaves Schenn and Kadri in blue and white.