MONTREAL - What we have here, it seems. is a failure to communicate.
At least that what seems to have happened with the Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins.
The Bruins, according to sources, apparently thought they had a deal in place earlier today, one which, in their minds, would have netted Tomas Kaberle and the Leafs first-round pick - seventh overall - for forward Phil Kessel.
But when they figured a deal was close, Leafs general manager Brian Burke said the No. 7 selection was never part of the talks.
End of story. End of trade.
As a result, the Leafs, frustrated in their attempts to move up, could stay with the seventh spot in tonightís entry draft, where they will take a long look at Spokane defenceman Jared Cowan, London forward Nazem Kadri and Swedish defenceman Oliver Ekman-Larsson. They could also opt to trade down and still snap up Peterboro forward Zack Kassian.
Expect Kaberle and, perhaps, Pavel Kubina, to be dealt at some point during the off-season.