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NHL Rumors: August Thirteenth

UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 14:  Tomas Kaberle #15 of the Toronto Maple Leafs shoots the puck against Kyle Okposo #21 of the New York Islanders on March 14, 2010 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. The Isles defeated the Leafs 4-1.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Imtiaz FerdousCorrespondent IIAugust 13, 2010

Everyone and their mother have stated that the proposed trade of Dustin Brown for Tomas Kaberle is complete fiction. While it is still possible, it has not happened yet (and I don't really expect it to happen), but you never know (that's why you read these rumours isn't it?).

I have said it for a while now, Tomas Kaberle is almost certainly going to get dealt by Sunday. This is going right down to the wire as Burke wants the best price possible for Kaberle.

James Mirtle reports that Eric Belanger has signed with the Washington Capitals to a one year $1.85 million contract. There is no danger of the deal falling through as they have ample cap space and have yet to reach the 50 contract limit. However, the trade they are about to make may have lost some leverage after this report.

The deal the Capitals are working on involves a defenceman, as they are expected to flip a forward for a defenceman, possibly Tomas Fleischmann. I personally think they should deal Alexander Semin as he would get a better return and is being ill-used on the Capitals forward ranks. Having Semin to score goals when you have Alexander Ovechkin is like bringing sand to the beach.

Brian Burke talked on the Fan 590 today and stated that he is not sure if Kaberle will be moved. He has had significant interest and says he expects the best offers to trickle in these last few days. 

He stated he is looking for a forward with size and scoring ability (probably to complement Phil Kessel). He has received many futures offers, which means prospects and draft picks. Burke states his first goal is to make the team better immediately but he will have to consider the picks and prospects packages if they get enticing enough.

I think the best offer he will get is draft picks and prospects. This is because he had stated he wants roster players, so psychologically people want to give him the reverse, draft picks and high end prospects. 

Of course in the end, he will want the roster player even though the prospects may be good. At the end of the day, it is because he needs to make the playoffs this year, which is a very realistic goal. 

By the way see the photo? It is one of two times in his career that Tomas Kaberle has shot the puck. The other time he was aiming for JFJ's head.

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