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Insane Maple Leafs-Oilers trade rumor comes from the Maple Leafs

Jun 24, 2010, 1:52 PM EDT

The Internet is a funny beast. In the NHL off-season it’s not uncommon to have all kinds of rumors find their way on to and then off of the trade radar in a moments notice. Trust us, we understand how it goes. While the sources for these crazy rumors are generally well known by now to NHL fans and quickly disregarded, it’s another thing when it comes from sources you don’t expect. Like a team’s official Twitter feed.

Welcome to the asylum, the Toronto Maple Leafs want you to try the Kool-Aid.

Wild rumour today-Kaberle-Kulemin-Bozak to Edmonton for 1st overall and a big Oiler salary…we’ll see.

Now never mind how absolutely out of this orbit crazy this deal seems, but it’s obvious that they’re hinting that the player in return from the Oilers would be Sheldon Souray as he’s a player looking to get out of Edmonton and has a very large salary. The other beauty of the Internet is that it doesn’t take long for things like this to be blown away thanks to the truth. Enter TSN’s Darren Dreger to bring us back to reality.

Sources say the Maple Leafs have 5 offers on the table for Kaberle, but none that they’re ready to accept.

Unless one of those offers is said crazy deal tweeted by the Maple Leafs, it’s safe to say the only thing the Leafs have done by publishing that rumor is to antagonize both their fan base and the Oilers fan base. That is, if the fans even bought into it in the first place. 

Now for the truly hilarious part in this whole thing: Damage control. The Leafs then later tweeted this to clear things up a bit.

Burkie just told me he hasn’t spoken to Edm about any deal for their top pick.Possibility of any 1st round pick is slim.

Perhaps we should take the cell phones away from the kids if they’re just going to give the organization a bad name putting out nonsense.

  1. Coach - Jun 24, 2010 at 2:20 PM

    groan.
    honestly, i can’t wait for this draft to be over (1 down 1 to go!). these ridiculous rumours are annoying beyond belief! i’m embarrassed as a leafs fan, that other leafs fans actually buy into/antagonize other team with this drivel.

  2. 2 Minutes for Looking so Guru - Jun 24, 2010 at 2:20 PM

    This is what you consider pro hockey talk? Pathetic. I mean that in regards to you, the writer… not Leafs fans.

  3. Damian - Jun 24, 2010 at 2:22 PM

    I don’t know if I can take this anymore, what is going on with Burke he has too know that Kaberle’s worth will be at its highest come draft day!
    It will only lower the longer you wait as people will get what they need out of free agency or other trades…..Burke would be making a huge mistake by waiting beyond the draft IMO.

  4. Stoneman - Jun 24, 2010 at 2:35 PM

    Leaf fan here. – Agreed. Take the twitter away from those that don’t know how to use it.

  5. jb - Jun 24, 2010 at 3:13 PM

    I think Burke knows what he is doing. There are five teams bidding on Kaberle, and Burke is saying that none of them are enough to make a deal happen. What do you think would happen if he said they were all great offers, and he just can’t wait until Friday? Burke is maximizing the return on Kaberle. I think a deal will be made within hours of the no-trade lifting at 7pm Friday.

  6. HockeyScout - Jun 24, 2010 at 3:47 PM

    yuo guys have no idea what your talking about he isn’t just going to move one of the best puck moving defenseman in the league away for a deal that isn’t good enough and if he doesn’t get a deal its a win win situation kaberle can still help the leafs if not traded. Burke is also i believe tryin to package kaberle with another player so he can get more in return. in my opinion the leafs should try to deal schenn because with his contract comming up at the end of next season he is going to get paid way to much money. he can’t shoot, hit, or fight what kind of defenceman is he he is useless out there and i have been scouting players for a long time and if he can package them together or trade them seperately the leafs will be a better team. Also with ian white still unsigned in calagry maybe get him back in toronto he was the best player in the deal for dion.

  7. Ghostrider1174 - Jun 24, 2010 at 3:52 PM

    With all the movement and interest in Kabs Toronto will get a good return watch. If they package will be even better. I think Atlanta will regret that trade they made with chicago watch.If chicago can get a first rounder for the BY i for sure can easily say Kabs will fetch a first rounder but i doubt Burke wants that.

  8. gibber - Jun 24, 2010 at 4:11 PM

    The hypocrisy of Burke is astounding! First, he justifies giving away one, but more likely two, lottery picks for Kessel, by saying that he expects his team to make the play-offs and finish in the top-15. (Observe, he obviously knows nothing about assessing talent.) Then, he refuses to accept 1 first-round pick for Kaberle somewhere in the latter first round. Note: If his team had made the play-offs as he suggested, he would have been drafting there anyway. So, why not take the pick, be thankful, and shut-up? If he wants to make a real-trade to help the leafs, try this one: Kaberle + Kadri for Bobby Ryan. Or, Kaberle + Schenn for Bobby Ryan. Or, Schenn and Kadri for Bobby Ryan. No matter how you slice it, you can definitely build around Kessel and Bobby Ryan TOGETHER. The others (Schenn/Kadri/Kaberle) are just pieces, despite the hype Kadri receives from left-wing media.

  9. The Meatriarchy - Jun 25, 2010 at 7:53 AM

    Presenting this rumour as coming from the Maple Leafs organization is disengenuous.
    The rumour was tweeted by Leafs TV host Paul Hendrick who is covering the draft for Leafs TV – the twitter account you link to is currently being used by him during the draft – it is not meant to be the voice of Leafs management.
    Hendrick merely tweeted about a rumour that he had heard in the hotel lobby. To his credit he immeidately went to Brian Burke who shot the rumour down. Of course if anyone including yourself had bothered to check Hendrick’s tweets you would have seen that he posted Burkes dismissal of the rumour less than an hour later.

  10. Andrew - Jun 25, 2010 at 4:06 PM

    Burke is a moron for trading a first round pick to boston for Phil Kessel let alone 2 of them. For someone who is suppose to be such a greater builder of quality hockey teams he should have looked at the prospects coming up before just giving them away. Good thing Hall and Seguin aren’t Gretzky or Lemieux or rather Ovechkin and Malkin calibre because if they are Burke will not find life easy in the Toronto news media. One of the richest teams in the NHL maybe they should consider firing everyone in the entire Leaf’s management and hire proven winners and give them free reign, otherwise the Leaf’s won’t win in my lifetime and yet they have absolutely no problem raping you with the price of a game ticket.

  11. jason - Jul 2, 2010 at 5:11 PM

    I respect what you said: but trading Schenn and Kadri is comparable to Russian Roulette. They are still kids after all…and may mature into amazing players who will make great contributions. Ryan is a great player as well obviously however..it dosent appear he is thrilled about the idea of going to Toronto first of all, and we know Burke wont hire guys that dont want to be here. “If I were traded, I know there’s places I’d like to go and places I wouldn’t like to go. That’s something that is still out of my hands. But if someone e-mails me another Toronto article, I’m going to lose it.” – Bobby Ryan
    http://www.torontosun.com/sports/hockey/2010/06/21/14470876.html
    Risking potential assets for one player is like putting too many eggs into one basket IMHO.

  12. Jason - Jul 2, 2010 at 5:24 PM

    Andrew, I suspect Burke knew the depth of the draft, which is why he made the decision to do what he had to do. Trades and drafts are crap shoot a lot of the time. Management/scouts/bean counters play the numbers. Its not an exact science, nor will it ever be.
    I see the reasoning behind pulling the trigger on the Kessel deal. I for one am very glad to have him, he is such a dominant and selfless player and not some hotshot kid who thinks he is the best to ever lace a pair of skates. Burke has worked directly with him Kessel) and a lot of other players and he sees the impact and talent Kessel has from a different level then what you or I see. This is what he (Burke) gets paid to do, and I believe he does it very well, considering the monsterous pile of garbage he inherited from previous management regimes.. IMHO

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