According to multiple sources from around the league—including Sportsnet.ca and TSN’s Bob McKenzie—Kaberle would be in favor of a trade that see’s him stay in the East to play for a contending team.
Brian Burke is free to negotiate possible trade scenarios at any time, but in order for a trade to occur Kaberle must first waive his no-trade clause. If the reports are true, Kaberle has agreed to go to the Bruins if a deal can be worked out.
Burke’s most recent comments regarding Kaberle did not suggest that a deal was forth coming, however, he did say that Kaberle’s agent requested secrecy regarding any potential movement involving his agent.
This situation is noticeably different from past situations involving Kaberle, causing many to speculate that a trade may be imminent.
If this deal were to occur, it would finally bring a conclusion to the Kaberle trade saga that has hovered around the Maple Leafs organization for years.
In Kaberle, the Bruins get a slick puck-moving defenceman, capable of controlling the pace of game from the backend. Kaberle is well-known around the league for his calm play and his veteran presence.
Combine his attitude with his pure skill and Kaberle has the ability to bolster any defensive corps around the league, especially in power play situations.
But the question Leafs fan want answered is, what will the Leafs get in return?
Without going into too much speculation about the potential return, it is fair to suggest that the Leafs will be getting a package that includes a first-round draft pick and a strong prospect, or young player.
I say this because this is the price that Burke has publicly provided to the media.
Bruins general manager commented last week, asserting that he was open to the possibility of trading that pick.
Will Burke be able to snag the Leafs first-round draft pick back? Probably not, it is more likely that if Burke was to acquire a first-round pick from the Bruins it would be their original, instead of the Leafs.
Such questions remain to be answered, but if the reports are true, answers will be arriving very shortly.
Stay tuned Leafs fans, it’s about to get even more interesting!
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