Brian Burke strives to be a principled GM. He has a holiday trade freeze so guys can enjoy the holiday season with their families without concerns of being uprooted, he refuses to hand out 'top heavy' contracts though if any team can afford to do it, it's his, and he wont ask a player with a no trade clause to waive it.
Principles be damned.
At the risk of betraying my overwhelming frustration at the team's lack of offense, get Kaberle the f&*# out of here!!!
This isn't meant to in any way to be an admonishment of Kaberle or his time as a Leaf. What it is meant to be is a cry for help. We need a legitimate goal scorer and now.
Patience is wearing thin in Leaf land as the team has squandered reasonably solid goaltending. Leaf fans are constantly muttering to themselves that we outplayed the opposition but good goaltending or bad luck kept us from scoring - I've been as guilty of this as anyone. I'll buy that argument over the stretch of a game or two - but we're talking eleven in a row here. Our forwards have a problem.
Grabovski, MacArthur and Kulemin have all been fine. Kessel will be fine. Who knows what's going on with Versteeg as he can look like a top line forward and like a career AHLer, sometimes in the same shift. One good player up front could easily make all the difference.
Kaberle is the only asset we have that we would be willing to move that could be parlayed into a difference-making forward.
While this is certainly not the ideal time to be moving a veteran defenseman with Phaneuf about a month away from returning to the lineup, the ineptitude of our forwards is grinding on my nerves.
I'm not going to speculate on the names that a player such as Kaberle might yield but I will say that I would like a center. Bozak looks lost and Kessel and Grabovski seem like a poor fit since both of them are puck-hogs (in a good way).
Would he waive? I'm not sure. Maybe if you make it clear to him that you have absolutely no intention of re-signing him and that whatever team he gets moved to likely would, you might be able to convince him that way. If Rick Nash has taught me anything, it's that players will give up two in the bush for one in the hand.
I like a guy with principles as much as anybody but this particular principle is silly. You're not breaking the rules, you're not doing something every other team in the league isn't doing and you're risking seriously setting back the team for which you're responsible.
Come on, Burkie. It's time to ask.
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