Tomas Kaberle has long been the subject of trade rumours in Toronto as fans go wholesale with their demands to reshape the team. If it means anything, though, the defenceman is pretty set on staying in the city even if some fans don’t appreciate his efforts.
Kaberle told the Toronto Sun that he hopes to be able to stay in the blue and white. As most know, he has a no-trade clause and would need to give the go-ahead before being moved. His agent, Rick Curran, told the Sun that he had not been approached regarding his client.
“Tomas has made his decision to remain a Leaf and his feelings have not changed. He is just as frustrated as the other players and, if anything, he is even more anxious to get it turned around,” said Curran.
Reports have been floating around involving a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks that would see Patrick Sharp and Kris Versteeg come to Toronto in exchange for Kaberle, but as usual GM Brian Burke wasn’t having that.
“We have never discussed Kaberle,” Burke said, adding that the report has “no legs.”
While we’ve all heard Burke tell a tale on one hand while working a little magic with the other, it may be possible that Toronto will want to hold on to Kaberle at this point. He’s been one of their better players and is a terrific puck-moving defenceman when he’s on his game. It may well be worth it for the club to stay the course, at least through the balance of the season.
Posted by Jordan Richardson.