Toronto Maple Leafs Countdown To August 15: It’s a Big Day!

July 24th, 2010 by Dave Haine Leave a reply »
The Clock is ticking.  Tomas Kaberle's no trade clause goes back into affect on August 15, 2010.  So with just over three weeks remaining in the window allowing the Leafs to trade Kaberle, the question is what will Brian Burke do?

Just like a trade deadline, I'm sure Burke will be holding his cards close to his chest in hopes that the offers will get better in the 11th hour.

It would make sense that Burke (or in this case likely Dave Nonis or Dave Poulin) is in constant contact with Kaberle's agent Rick Curran.  For teams interested in Kaberle to give up maximum value for the puck-moving defensemen, teams would want to make sure they can sign him long-term prior to pulling the trigger. 

The Leafs themselves are likely working with Curren and Kaberle, trying locked him up long term in case the market is too soft. They won't have their longest-serving talent jump ship without getting something in return.

After Sundin left, I would hope the blue and white brain trust would make sure it won't happen again.  Kaberle does say he ...

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