Trades that didn't happen

BRUCE GARRIOCH, Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 10:57 PM ET

TORONTO — Tomas Kaberle will finish the season with the Maple Leafs, but it’s doubtful the all-star defenceman will finish his career with Toronto.

Kaberle remained with the Leafs after the trade deadline, but it wasn’t for a lack of trying to trade him. GM Brian Burke hit the ground running in the morning in a bid to make a deal, and sources say there was plenty of interest. The Flyers, Canucks, Capitals and Ducks all held talks with the Leafs.

But Burke’s asking price was high: A first-round pick, mid-round pick and a top prospect.

The Flyers were in it right to the end. They would have had to get one of C Danny Briere ($6.5 million US cap hit through 2014-15), Ws Scott Hartnell ($4.2 million, 2012-13) or Simon Gagne ($5.25 million, 2010-11) to waive a no-movement clause to free up cap space for Kaberle ($4.25 million, 2010-11).GM Paul Holmgren will revisit moving these pricey forwards in the off-season.

The Leafs, meanwhile, will likely move Kaberle in June, when they have a window to do so without his approval. The blueliner’s no-trade clause is conditional, based on the Leafs making the playoffs, which won’t happen.

Burke is expected to use the window. Why wouldn’t he? Kaberle is a valuable asset and will be the best blueliner on the market.

Off the glass

The Islanders were all talk and no action. While GM Garth Snow entertained offers for Gs Dwayne Roloson and Martin Biron, the club couldn’t take a chance on trading either with the future of Rick DiPietro, who suffered swelling in his surgically repaired right knee, in doubt. The Blackhawks, Flyers and Capitals all spoke to the Isles about their goalies. “My belief is they’re not sure that DiPietro is going to play again this season so they wanted to be careful,” said a league executive ... Why wasn’t Hurricanes LW Ray Whitney traded? He refused to waive his no-movement clause without a contract extension of three years for $10.5 million. The Capitals made a late pitch for Whitney, but wanted him as a rental. Whitney could re-sign with the Hurricanes in the off-season. GM Jim Rutherford does like him.

This ’n’ that

There was a lot of surprise the Avs shipped LW Wojtek Wolski to the Coyotes as part of a deal that sent Cs Peter Mueller and Kevin Porter to Phoenix. The Bruins were desperate to acquire a forward, but couldn’t provide the Avs with the young prospect they wanted in return ... A couple of teams, including the Caps, called the Senators about D Anton Volchenkov, but GM Bryan Murray is focused on giving his team its best shot to win in the playoffs ... The Canucks made a pitch for Blue Jackets W Raffi Torres before he was traded to the Sabres.

Rumours du jour

The Panthers tried to deal G Tomas Vokoun, but couldn’t get what they wanted in return. Vokoun is their best player and they couldn’t afford to give him away; he gives Florida a chance to win every game. GM Randy Sexton didn’t shop Vokoun — who had a no-movement clause — but the Panthers informed the goalie they’d be listening to offers. Indications are Vokoun wanted the chance to go to a contender and is likely disappointed with having to stay. Expect Vokoun to be dealt at the draft in June. The Caps would have had to offer top prospect D Karl Alzner as part of package for Vokoun, while the Hawks and Flyers both showed interest in the goalie ... Bruins D Derek Morris was only willing to waive his no-movement clause to go to Phoenix, where he lives ... Ten teams were interested in Predators D Dan Hamhuis, but GM David Poile refused to back off on demands for a second-round pick and a top prospect. Teams were reluctant to give up a second-rounder in this year’s draft because it’s considered deep.


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