For those already computing the ramifications of a Marc Savard swap to Toronto for defenseman Tomas Kaberle, you can put off that math for at least a little while longer.
Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke updated the media on the Kaberle situation yesterday, and as ESPN.com writer Pierre Lebrun reports, Burke was adamant about the Savard-for-Kaberle rumor being nothing more than gossip.
“First off, before people get too worked up, Tomas Kaberle’s no-trade clause does not go away until the draft commences,” Burke told the media. “So, this notion that he’s been moved or a deal has been arranged is absurd. Two, we have not had meaningful discussions with the Boston Bruins about any one trade option.
“Three, if and when we do get to a point where we see a deal that makes sense, we’re going to try to move Tomas somewhere where he wants to go, and that’s if we get that far. Right now, if I had to handicap this thing, I’d say he’s not going anywhere, and the draft is not a meaningful time frame for us. There’s no pressure to trade him while we’re there.”
Burke is a well-known master of media misdirection, so take this all with a grain of salt. But he’s right that trading Kaberle before the expiration of his no-trade clause is probably not feasible.