Tomas Kaberle: What Are Brian Burke’s Options If He Stays?

August 15th, 2010 by Mark Ritter Leave a reply »


With just under six hours to go before Tomas Kaberle’s no-trade clause goes back into effect, there seems to be a growing feeling amongst fans and media types that Kaberle may, in fact, remain a Toronto Maple Leaf.

While holding on to Kaberle would not be a disaster for Leafs' general manager Brian Burke, it would make getting that coveted top-six forward all the more complicated.

The Leafs defense currently features the likes of Dion Phaneuf, Carl Gunnarsson, Mike Komisarek, Luke Schenn, Brett Lebda, Jeff Finger, and Kaberle.

Free agent signee Brett Lebda was seemingly brought into the Leafs fold in an effort to off-set the loss of Kaberle, if and when he was traded. Phaneuf, elected as team captain over the summer, is not likely to be traded, nor is Mike Komisarek—who has a no-trade/no-movement clause.

Gunnarsson may be available, but with a decent upside and a very reasonable contract ($800,000), that scenario is unlikely at best.

Scheduled to make $3.5 million this season, Finger is all but untradeable, which leaves the likes of Luke Schenn, who many Leafs fans see as the Leafs shutdown defens ...

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