Kaberle not looking to leave Leafs: agent
The agent for Tomas Kaberle told the Hockey Night in Canada trade deadline show on Tuesday that the Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman is not interested in changing teams.
Rick Curran added that Kaberle hasn't even contemplated the possibility, a departure from last season when he provided Toronto a list of teams he'd consider.
"I would expect by the end of the day that Tomas will remain a Leaf," Curran told HNIC host Jeff Marek.
Kaberle celebrated his 32nd birthday on Tuesday by playing in his 800th NHL game, all with the Maple Leafs. He has scored 79 goals and added 400 assists, with 324 penalty minutes.
The defender was rumoured to be heading to Boston around this time last year in a deal that would have involved Phil Kessel.
The Maple Leafs did eventually land Kessel, but the September trade did not feature Kaberle.
Curran said his client didn't want to have another scenario like last season, when there were rumours about his future for several weeks.
"There has never been a list provided to Toronto, we wanted to avoid him being shopped around," said Curran.
Curran did allow that if another team pressed the Leafs with a desire to land Kaberle, they would have to think it over.
Kaberle has a no-trade clause, but if Toronto misses the playoffs, it could conceivably move him to a team without his permission during a window in the summer. The Czech Republic native becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2011, a factor an interested NHL club would have to take into consideration.
He currently makes $4.25 million US.