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Kaberle willing to part with Leafs if asked

Posted on: January 12, 2009 4:24 pm
Edited on: January 12, 2009 4:34 pm

The Toronto Maple Leafs could be plotting another trade deadline overhaul, but unlike last season, there is at least one player who won't tie management's hands with a no-trade clause: Tomas Kaberle.

The all-star defenseman told the Toronto Star he would be willing to waive his no-trade clause if the Maple Leafs didn't see him in their future.

"Obviously, you don't want to play for a team that doesn't want you to play for them," Kaberle told the paper.

Kaberle reiterated that he would like to stay in Toronto and that GM Brian Burke has not approached him about waiving the clause. However, he recognizes the team is trying to build through youth.

"We have a lot of kids here and they all have a lot of good seasons in front of them," he told the paper. "[Winning] is not going to happen overnight, but I hope I'm a part of it."

A couple Maple Leafs who have expressed their desire to stay in Toronto despite being on the trading block include Pavel Kubina and Alexei Ponikarovsky. Kubina reportedly asked the media to refrain from asking questions about his no-trade clause. Ponikarovsky, who started a family in Toronto, says he considers the city his home.

"It has been my home for the last five or six years now," Ponikarovsky told the Toronto Sun. "I work out [in Toronto] in the summer and have lots of friends there."


Since: Mar 8, 2007
Posted on: January 15, 2009 9:43 pm

Kaberle willing to part with Leafs if asked

it's a little late for that.  last season at the deadline he squashed a trade to philly for jeff carter, and i couldn't be happier.

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