The NHL club confirmed early Monday that Tomas Kaberle remained a Leaf. This longest-tenured player would still be with the team.
There have been many speculations about the offers for Tomas Kaberle. General manager Brian Burke said that other teams offered to trade this player; however, their offers did not reflect Tomas’ value. Burke couldn’t reach a deal with two or three final suitors before Kaberle’s no-trade clause was re-activated for 2010-11.
Burke highly appreciated Kaberle while teams are in favor of a younger defenceman like Vancouver’s Kevin Bieksa. Burke endeavored to boost more interest in this 32-year old player by including draft picks and prospect on his wish list.
The B’s circled the Maple Leafs in potential discussions for Tomas Kaberle. However, Brian Burke was looking for a package of young players and draft picks in exchange for this four time All-Star.
Brian Burke failed to deal Tomas Kaberle before deadline.
Tomas Kaberle, the franchise’s second-highest scoring defenceman in history, has spent his entire career with the Maple Leafs. He serves as an alternate captain and is still one of the longest-serving players in Leafs’ history as well as the only player remaining from its least playoff season in 2004.
Kaberle is now the second-highest scoring defenceman in Maple Leafs franchise history. With 80 career goals, 402 career assists and a minus rating of +27, this 32-year old player had made his appearances in 820 career games for the Maple Leafs. He appeared in only two American Hockey League games prior to jumping to the NHL. He won a bronze medal with the team at the 2006 Winter Olympics.
This player rejected an invitation to play at the 2010 World Ice Hockey Championships which was held in Germany.
Kaberle has played his first game for the Leafs in 1998.
Kaberle signed a contract with the Leafs securing his services through 2005–06.
Tomáš Kaberle was re-signed to a five-year contract…