Czech K's want to stay

MIKE ZEISBERGER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:27 AM ET

MONTREAL -- If you think Czech mates Pavel Kubina and Tomas Kaberle already are packing their suitcases for a potential move, guess again.

Yes, both players are on record as saying they would consider waiving their no-trade clauses if the Maple Leafs approached them with the message: "You are not really part of our future."

And yes, both defencemen are drawing interest on the open market, one which will culminate with the arrival of the NHL trade deadline on March 4.

At the same time, their No. 1 priority remains to stay in Toronto with the Leafs. That much hasn't changed.

During the Leafs brief stay in Montreal over the weekend, Kubina and Kaberle each reiterated their desire to finish out the duration of their respective contracts in Maple Leaf blue and white.

"It's disappointing to see where we are in the standings," Kubina said. "But it's fun seeing some of the kids develop."

A year ago, then-general manager Cliff Fletcher had deals in place for both only to have Kubina and Kaberle refuse to budge.

Had he agreed to a change of scenery, Kubina appeared destined to land in San Jose with the Sharks, who were coached by Ron Wilson at the time.

Kaberle, meanwhile, was ticketed for Philadelphia in a deal that would have netted the Leafs Jeff Carter and a first-round pick in return.

Both said no. End of story.

This time around, both have left the door open for a move, although it would have to come under ideal circumstances. If a deal were to be consummated, the two individual players would have to land in a destination each finds favourable.

NO LIST YET

Kubina said he likely, like Kaberle, would submit a list of potential teams if he were approached by the Leafs, which he emphasized has not happened as of yet.

With general manager Brian Burke admitting that trade talks continue to heat up, the intrigue heading into the deadline continues to build.


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