If Tomas Kaberle were involved in as many scoring plays as trade rumours, he would have won the Art Ross Trophy by now.
Peppered yesterday with queries about his potential willingness to be dealt from the Maple Leafs, a defiant Kaberle insisted he has not been approached by general manager Brian Burke about being moved.
That has not stopped speculation about Kaberle’s, including suggestions that the veteran is poised to resubmit a list of potential teams he would accept being moved to.
Kaberle said those reports are wrong.
“(Burke) got the list last year,” Kaberle said. “Besides, he has not come to me about being traded. Nothing has changed.
“I love to play for the Leafs. I want to win a Stanley Cup here. I thought it would be awesome to do that. This is where I want to be.
“I don’t worry about these questions. I just worry about things on the ice. That’s it.”
Kaberle actually expects to hear all the rumours this time of year.
“It’s part of the game,” he said. “It’s like at the start of the season when everyone wants to hear how we feel about the season. January and February are going to be about moving or not moving.”
A year ago, Kaberle submitted a list of 10 teams to Burke, one of which was said to be the Boston Bruins. The Leafs thought they might have a deal with the Bruins at the entry draft in Montreal back in June involving Kaberle and Phil Kessel, but the two sides disagreed on the remainder of the ingredients needed to make that happen.
Nixed the trade
Back in 2008, then-GM Cliff Fletcher had the groundwork in place for a trade that would have sent Kaberle to Philadelphia for forward Jeff Carter and a first-round pick. Kaberle, however, opted to use the no-trade clause in his contract to nix the trade.
Speculation has heated up in the past week because observers feel Kaberle is the only proven commodity that might net Burke something significant in return, such as a first-round pick. The Leafs gave up their first-round selections in 2010 and ’11 as part of the September deal with the Bruins that landed Kessel.
Kaberle is under contract through 2011 at a salary of $4.25 million US per season.