Ah Tomas Kaberle, aren't you just sick to death of hearing that name? I know I'm getting close.
As arguably the Toronto Maple Leafs most consistently valuable commodity since the playoff drought started, Tomas Kaberle has been the target of so many trade rumors I'm amazed this poor guy has any idea who he is any more.
The fact of the matter is, Tomas Kaberle has a no trade clause.
As a matter of record, Brian Burkes position had always been that he would not ask a player to wave a no trade clause that he has earned no matter what.
It had been rumored as soon as a week and a half ago the Burke would in fact ask the question.
It has been speculated that there is the usual number of teams that may be interested including the Boston Bruins, San Jose Sharks, Montreal Canadiens and the New York Rangers.
While Boston GM Peter Chiarelli had reportedly stated that he may use Toronto's first round pick in this years NHL draft to try and leverage his line up, (it has been speculated that he may target either Tomas Kaberle or the Ottawa Senators Sergei Gonchar), it is likely that any such deal will be very close to the 3pm deadline as Chiarelli will want to wait until the last possible moment to see where the Leafs are in the standings.
For Kaberles part, his agent Rick Curran was quoted recently as saying, “I will clear up speculation. . . there is no list of teams and there won’t be”.
The odd thing in regard to Kaberle is that, well there are really no concrete rumors, no deals speculated. Just the same old banter that teams are showing interest but he has a no trade clause.
Kaberle has also been quoted as saying that he would only accept a trade to an Eastern conference team which in and of itself may make Burke reluctant to pull the trigger on any deal that isn't lopsided toward the Leafs.