Toronto GM and President Brian Burke said Thursday on NHL Live! that Tomas Kaberle has not been asked to waive his no-trade clause, has not given the Maple Leafs a list of teams he's willing to go to, and that any reports suggesting a deal with Boston is imminent are completely false.
Now, we understand that Burke has to say this now, especially if a deal is in place and waiting for sign-off from Kaberle. Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com reported earlier Thursday that the package Toronto will receive from Boston for Kaberle includes Blake Wheeler and a draft pick.
However, Burke, who was talking to hosts E.J. Hradek and Don LaGreca, said the Leafs are still talking to multiple teams about Kaberle and that he hasn't spoken to the puck-moving defenceman. Burke spoke about honoring Kaberle's no-trade clause even though he wasn't the one who gave it to him. John Ferguson was the Leafs GM who signed Kaberle to his current contract.
Burke actually said he isn't sure if Kaberle will be traded, though the odds of him being moved eventually, perhaps as early as today despite what he said, are still very high.
Burke said he has been talking with Kaberle's agent, Rick Curran, "who asked for radio silence" on the situation. He said Kaberle's no-trade clause does not prohibit him from talking to other teams about potential trades. He also said he can "almost promise" more activity from the Leafs before the Feb. 28 trade deadline.