Tomas Kaberle Foreshadowing Eventual Exit?

Derek HarmsworthSenior Writer ISeptember 16, 2008

Several members of this year's Toronto Maple Leafs' squad began their pre-training camp skate yesterday (which continued today by the way and featured a tremendous turnout).  

For Kaberle it was the first time he had entered a training camp without Bryan McCabe, Darcy Tucker, and Mats Sundin in the room with him and apparently it hasn't been easy on him.

Talking with Howard Berger, Kaberle was quoted as saying, "They were good teammates and friends on and off the ice, it isn't easy."

But it was Kaberle's next statement that sent waves through Leafs' Nation and was by far the most interesting note to come out of yesterday's informal skate.

"I don't really want to talk about it, if I would do this, or do that.  I love to play for the Maple Leafs and hope to play another year in Toronto.  If not, I'll move on, but I'm ready to play here and we'll see what happens."

Kaberle, who nullified a trade last season during the deadline which would have sent him to the Flyers, is obviously reconsidering his stance and his statement above clearly foreshadows his trail of thought heading into the 2008-2009 NHL season.

Kaberle is entering the prime of his career and although he will be counted on greatly to provide leadership and scoring to the Toronto Maple Leafs, he is also entering the window of opportunity to help a team win the Stanley Cup. 

Kaberle still has his no trade clause as protection, but by the sounds of the statement he made yesterday, it appears should Cliff Fletcher come to him with a deal at anytime during the season, Kaberle will certainly consider it.