Leafs fielding offers for Kaberle: Burke
For now, defenceman Tomas Kaberle remains a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Club general manager Brian Burke told Toronto sports radio station Fan 590 on Friday that he has received some trade offers for Kaberle but that he is still waiting for the right offer before he makes a decision on whether to trade the four-time NHL all-star.
"There are a large number of teams in, we have received a significant number of offers, but we're talking about a pretty good player here and we're not giving him away. So it's too early to say because the [trade] deadline is on Sunday at midnight," Burke said.
Kaberle, a 32-year-old native of the Czech Republic, is signed to a five-year contract with the Leafs that ties him to the club until the end of the 2010-11 NHL season. His contract allows for his no-trade clause to be lifted until this Sunday at midnight.
Starting on Monday, the Leafs would require Kaberle's permission to waive his no-trade clause if they wanted to trade him to another club.
Burke made it pretty clear what he wanted in return for Kaberle, should they decide to deal him away.
"We're looking for a forward with size and scoring ability if possible, and if not, we have been offered what I would call futures packages, which would include a high draft pick and a quality young player," Burke explained. "We haven't ruled out doing one of those types of deals.
"We're trying to get better right away. That's our first goal, our first focus and our priority but we have been offered some attractive deals that are more future oriented as well."
Kaberle's future with the Leafs has been the hot topic of discussion ever since the NHL entry draft in June, when the temporary suspension of the no-trade clause in his contract went into effect.