While the Tomas Kaberle saga has not come to a complete stop thanks to ongoing rumors, it has at least hit a rest point.
There is one thing that must be made clear in Leafs Nation; Brian Burke did not treat Tomas Kaberle poorly this offseason. It was in fact the media and fans that have done the damage to Kaberle.
The Leafs Nation has been crying that Burke and management have been trying so hard to get rid of Kaberle and now Kaberle wont want to stay with team, when the reality is Burke was simply, and I quote "listening to offers" regarding the Czech superstar.
And why not?
He only has a small trade window in his whole contract so I think any GM would at least look into a few trade possibilities.
We have not lost Kaberle and don't be surprised when he signs a contract extension at the end of the season if not sooner. He loves playing in T.O. and knows Burke wasn't trying to get rid of him.
It was of the highest compliments to Kaberle that Burke received up to 10 offers and rejected them all stating he is worth more.
I for one am ecstatic that he will be joining the big blue for at least one more season. A consistent 50-point blue-liner is worth the same as a point per game forward.
We still have a few options in terms of trade bait for that top-six forwards such as Beachemin, Grabovski, Schenn, and a few talented blue line prospects.
While I think Burke will move some defensive pieces to obtain a skilled player, the management should also be focused on bringing the players we have together as a team.
If you look at a team like the Buffalo Sabres (champions of the great Northeast), it doesn't have a lot of money to throw around at players yet thet team is consistently good.
This is because the Sabres have had the same core group of guys for a long time so they have had time to gel as a team. This can also be said about the Detroit Redwings, the model for all teams.
With a little patience and when all the dust settles, I believe this young Maple Leafs team can come together and do great things.