BOSTON — If Tomas Kaberle has waived his no-trade clause to agree to a trade to the Bruins, he didn’t tip his hand tonight after his Toronto club beat Boston, 4-3, at TD Garden.
That rumor spread like wildfire in the hours between the Maple Leafs’ morning skate and the start of tonight’s game.
“If I talk to [general manager] Brian [Burke], there’s always things that could be done,” said Kaberle. “We don’t want to distract the team or anything like that. If I’m no more needed on this team, then we can talk about it. Obviously, we’ve still got 12 days, whatever, to go and I think right now it’s nothing to talk about.”
Kaberle was asked if the rumor he agreed to waive his no-trade for Boston, the blueliner responded:
“This team was on the list last year. There’s not list this year. So …”
Although he still referred to the Leafs as “we” and talked about getting the two points and being in the playoff race, Kaberle sounded like he’d be open-minded should Burke and Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli agree on a deal.
“I would think so. Obviously they’ve got a pretty good team, good goaltenders and I’ve played a lot of games against them and it’s always tough to beat [them]. So we’ll see what’s going to happen.”
The Bruins have pursued Kaberle’s services for years and even came close to a deal at the 2009 draft, when a miscommunication caused the trade to fall through. The trade deadline is Feb. 28, but Burke has openly admitted he likes to get his dealing done well in advance of the deadline and has already swung two major trades in the last five days.