There has been much speculation over the past year pertaining to the Toronto Maple Leafs acquiring Patrick Sharp via trade.
Most think that Sharp could be shipped to Toronto using Kaberle as the main trade bait, or possibly by taking on a bad contract which would partially relieve the train wreck that is the Chicago Blackhawks current 2010-2011 salary total.
I am a firm believer that Stan Bowman will have little to no interest in taking on any further salary (as attractive as Kaberle's 2010-2011 salary is), nor does Brian Burke want to take on Brian Cambell's mess of a contract for 5 more years.
I also believe Bowman will have zero interest in dealing with Burke if all he has to offer is a 3rd round pick and mid-tier prospects for his current talent, especially with 28 other teams salivating over the same players (i.e. Sharp, Versteeg, Byfuglien) and having much more to offer Chicago.
In my opinion, Burke's best shot in landing a guy like Sharp would be through a three-way trade, which would of course involve Kaberle as his contribution to the deal. I will use Buffalo as an example, although most of the other teams mentioned to have interest in Kaberle (i.e. Washington, Pittsburgh, Boston, etc.) could work in this scenario:
To Toronto: Patrick Sharp
To Buffalo: Tomas Kaberle
To Chicago: Buffalo 1st Round Pick, Zack Kassian
This trade is reasonable because each team gets exactly what they want. Toronto gets the top-six forward they've had their eye on for the past year, Buffalo gets their much needed puck-moving defenseman, and Chicago doesn't take on any salary and get a 1st rounder and a prospect that fits the Blackhawk's gritty style of play. Imagine the damage Zack Kassian and Kyle Beach could do on the same line in 3 years?
Hopefully Burke has something like this on his mind to get his hands on Sharp, because I would love to see him in the Blue and White for the rest of his career.
Burke is a very smart man with a tonne of tricks up his sleeve, so i'm quite sure i'm not the only Leafs fan counting the days until the draft.
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