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Trade winds blowing as GM's meet in Philadelphia

Jun 2, 2010, 5:46 PM EDT

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. There are trade rumors circling and they surround Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Tomas Kaberle, only this time the Maple Leafs are the ones trying to spark the interest in him. Darren Dreger from TSN in Canada has the details.

The Toronto Maple Leafs recently sent an email to NHL teams acknowledging defenceman Tomas Kaberle is available.

The email outlined Kaberle’s contract status and reminded general managers that Kaberle’s no-trade clause will lift at the upcoming NHL Entry Draft and will return in August.

The email sparked interest, with as many as five teams currently inquiring about the Leafs asking price; two of the teams are said to be keenly interested.

Toronto is seeking either a first-round draft pick, or a young player capable of immediately stepping into the Maple Leafs’ lineup.

Dreger later went on to add on Twitter that the Leafs would ideally like a winger that can score and secondary toughness in any deal for Kaberle. That sort of asking price is pretty stiff, but as we outlined earlier in talking about Paul Martin, the quality choices for a top defenseman on the free agent market are thin.

Color us surprised that the Leafs are looking to get into the first round mix for draft picks this year. After all, they coughed up what ended up being the second overall pick to Boston to get Phil Kessel, but now that they’re actively shopping Kaberle about while they can it spices the talk up a bit. As for who those two teams are that are interested, your guess is as good as ours.

As for the Bruins and that pick, perhaps they’re not content to let the Oilers decide their fate for them.

Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli says that over the past couple of days, teams have inquired about his interest in trading the second overall pick in this month’s NHL draft.

Chiarelli also says he talked to Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini on Wednesday about the potential of flipping picks. Chiarelli adds they will talk again soon.

Intrigue at the NHL Draft is a beautiful thing. If I had to guess, I’d say that Peter Chiarelli has his guy in mind be it Taylor Hall or Tyler Seguin and he’d rather not deal with the Oilers’ whims, but he’d have to pay up something to make it happen.

  1. Giovanni - Jun 2, 2010 at 9:47 PM

    i read this on the hockey buzz website
    I was talking to a source today while making the rounds and updating the Rumor Chart when I got a call from a source who is very connected to the Leafs saying the following: “There will be two major re-signings of UFA defensemen by week’s end. Lidstrom is the first, the second is also in your top 40. Both are connected to a MAJOR possible trade the Toronto Maple Leafs will make shortly after the Cup has been decided. In actuality, there are three deals on the table for the Leafs which will happen by the end of round 1 in the draft.”
    “The first one is a big and involves bringing a top 3 forward, a draft pick, and a VERY good, young goalie prospect for Tomas Kaberle and a prospect. The goalie and the draft pick will be part of a package that will be on the table on draft day, and it is THAT deal which could potentially re-shape the Toronto Maple Leafs.”
    Another source concurred, adding…”Make no mistake about it, the Rumor world will soon be buzzing around Toronto.”
    I asked the second source if the scenario painted by the first source was something he had heard about and he said, “Oh yes. Absolutley. But I also think you need to add this first move is also about freeing up a big portion of the 6 million plus the Leafs will need to get their man on July 1.”
    The source wouldn’t confirm who that target was, only adding. “Offense, offense, offense. that is the Leafs summer plans.”
    Two teams who will be in the Kaberle sweeps?
    Source #1 refused to comment, but Source #2 said Pittsburgh and Washington are the two teams most likely to make the move, but don’t count out Buffalo and New Jersey….Although the Caps first choice is said to be Volchenkov, who may be more possible now that Lidstrom has been signed.”
    Nicklas Lidstrom’s one year deal is a factor going into the July 1..make no mistake about it. The Wings have been exploring the alternatives in Gonchar and Volchenkov and the timing of this deal, 3 weeks before the draft, and one month exactly prior to July 1 is also not a coincidence.

  2. David - Jun 7, 2010 at 10:51 PM

    Second dman to sign was Seidenberg!!

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