Kaberle has GMs running up phone bills to Leafs

BRUCE GARRIOCH

, Last Updated: 10:41 AM ET

Tomas Kaberle could be forced to decide his future in the next 10 days.

The question is: Does the Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman want to go anywhere?

League sources say Leafs general manager Cliff Fletcher has been busy working the phones since he took over the duties on an interim basis last month and one of the most popular targets is Kaberle.

Since Kaberle has a no-trade clause, it will be up to him to decide if he wants to move at the Feb. 26 deadline, but the indications are the San Jose Sharks and New York Rangers are making a push.

While Kaberle is one of the pieces of the puzzle the Leafs want to keep, the word is the Sharks are trying hard after being rebuffed in their attempts to land blueliner Wade Redden from the Ottawa Senators.

All the talk in Toronto has surrounded centre Mats Sundin and his no-trade clause, but the 29-year-old Kaberle is attractive because he's scheduled to make US$4.25 million per season over the next two years.

OFF THE GLASS

Atlanta Thrashers GM Don Waddell is going to be a popular guy among his counterparts during the GM meetings, which begin tomorrow in Naples, Fla. Waddell has to decide what he's going to do with potential unrestricted free-agent RW Marian Hossa, who has indicated there's only a "slim" chance he'll re-sign with the Thrashers.

There is no shortage of teams interested in Hossa. The talk is Waddell wants a player who can help immediately, a prospect and a draft pick.

While the Montreal Canadiens have made the most aggressive push, several teams are expected to make serious offers this week.

Speaking of the Habs, there is talk if they get Hossa, they might make a push for Chicago Blackhawks RW Martin Havlat as well. The Blackhawks might be willing to move Havlat.

The New Jersey Devils are also interested in Havlat, who was with Hossa in Ottawa. While they're both listed as right wingers, but Havlat can play the left side and has done so with the Hawks this season.

AROUND THE BOARDS

A player rocketing up the charts among forwards for this year's NHL draft: Joe Colborne, 18, a 6-ft.-5 centre with the Camrose Kodiaks in the Alberta Junior Hockey League. After last month's prospects game in Edmonton, 100 scouts went to see Colborne, who has committed to the University of Denver next season ... Sabres GM Darcy Regier sat down for a face-to-face meeting with D Brian Campbell last week to try to convince the potential unrestricted free agent to re-sign in Buffalo. Campbell would like to remain with the Sabres and another offer is expected to be tabled this week, but he's not going to take anything less than he feels he deserves. After losing UFAs Chris Drury and Daniel Briere last summer, Regier doesn't want that to happen with Campbell.

RUMOURS DU JOUR

A new name has surfaced on the NHL trade market with the clock ticking toward the deadline: Los Angeles C Mike Cammalleri ... Speaking of the Kings, GM Dean Lombardi gave D Rob Blake a list of 10 teams which have shown interest in obtaining the veteran. It's believed Blake would rather stay in the West, which means the Colorado Avalanche, the Anaheim Ducks and Sharks might have the best shot at landing him, or as a long shot, the Vancouver Canucks ... Keep an eye on Tampa Bay Lightning D Dan Boyle, who has begun contract talks with the Lightning. There is a strong belief Boyle is going to be a rental at the deadline.


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