Kaberle wants to stay
As low as the Leafs have tumbled in recent weeks, defenceman TomasKaberle still has “no interest” in waiving his no-trade clause in orderto be moved to a Stanley Cup contender, according to his agent.
As low as the Leafs have tumbled in recent weeks, defenceman Tomas Kaberle still has “no interest” in waiving his no-trade clause in order to be moved to a Stanley Cup contender, according to his agent.
Kaberle wants to help rebuild the 28th-overall Leafs, not by allowing himself to be dealt for draft picks or prospects, but by staying and continuing to play well.
“As corny as it sounds, he believes he is part of the solution,” Kaberle’s agent, Rick Curran, said yesterday.
“He’s been there and shared the frustration with his teammates when they’ve struggled at times, but he truly believes it’s just a matter of time before they enjoy some success and he wants to be there for that. It’s really nothing more complicated than that.”
As the Leafs slip from playoff contention — they have two wins in their last 11 games — and the focus shifts to how the team can rebuild at the trade deadline, Kaberle stands out as the one player who might command a decent return. He might even bring Toronto a first-round pick, something the Leafs don’t have in the next two drafts after dealing them to Boston as part of the package for Phil Kessel.
Kaberle is putting together a terrific offensive season with 39 points in 47 games and could become the first Toronto defenceman to finish a campaign as the team leader in scoring. He has one year remaining on his contract at a very reasonable $4.25 million US and he is just 31.