Today was the deadline for Tomas Kaberle’s NTC lift, and he is still a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs. While some fans were demanding for an immediate rebuild with some youth in return for a trade for Kaberle, others notice how strong the current Leafs defense core has the potential to be and are curious to see how Kaberle can perform with a physical presence around him. Brian Burke is among those who are interested. “I look forth to seeing what Tomas can do with a little more size and toughness around him when he’s not picking his teeth out of the glass all night.”
Tomas Kaberle has spent his entire career in Toronto, and at 32 years of age and only a $4.25M cap hit, he still has many strong years ahead of him at a small dollar figure. He is now surrounded on the back end by free agent acquisition Mike Komisarek and Francois Beauchemin, as well as rookie sensation Luke Schenn, the hard hitting Jeff Finger, stay at home defenseman Jonas Frogren, and powerplay shooter Mike Van Ryn. The Leafs have plenty of talented defenseman to get a seperate deal done if they so choose to do so.
In other Leafs news, Ted (Teeder) Kennedy has passed away today due to congestive heart failure at his nursing home in Port Colborne, Ontario. The 83 year old was the former Maple Leafs captain who lead the Leafs to 5 Stanley Cup Championships in 7 years. When talking about his father, his son Mark had this to say: “I was totally hopeless against him,” he said. “When he was in his 70s, things got a little more even. He was a natural athlete, any sport he picked up and gave a try to, he did really well.”
Ted (Teeder) Kennedy will be remembered as a legend of hockey.
Micheal A. Aldred