So it ends, so it continues.Â Tomas Kaberleâ€™s tenure with the Toronto Maple Leafs did not indeed come to an end this summer.Â In an earlier post, I had established a mostly forgotten pool asking the faithful readers to put on their brian burke mask and pretend to be a GM.Â Yup, I sure am a trailblazerâ€¦suggesting people use the comments section of this site to postulate trade proposals.Â Where do I come up with such creative ideas?
100s of trade proposals were thrown outâ€¦by Jordan.Â A couple more by the rest of you guys.Â They ranged from sensible to insane (just look at my prediction).Â But in the end, a handful of bright people opined correctly that Kaberle would stay in blue and white.Â Without further ado, I would like to congratulate the prognosticator whose mind and timing are without peer; a reader who can sift through the tea leaves and find meaning, who may now benefit from the prestige and honour of being being right.Â Congratulations to you, danvertising, and your post:
I honestly donâ€™t think Kaberle will be tradedâ€¦.
I just donâ€™t see anyone giving up the young top six forward and first round pick that Burke wants.. And I donâ€™t see Burke trading him for less than what he has already publicly asked forâ€¦..
Your shrewd guess has won you the right â€“ in my eyes at least â€“to veto any â€˜book itâ€™ claim.Â As per the rules, you have ultimate bragging rights for correctly guessing the conclusion to this media-made soap opera before anyone else.Â Unfortunately, again as per the rules, youâ€™ve also…won… an authentic, vintage Bryan McCabe Toronto Maple Leafs jersey.Â Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to sort out the particulars of getting you this majestic eyesore.
I would like to thank the 3 closest runners up, Troy, Pat.b and smtavare, your predictions and your time are appreciated.Â I know it hurts to lose out, itâ€™s never easy…but at least you donâ€™t have to obtain a McCabe jersey.
As a final note of congratulations, Iâ€™d like to thank Kostas, as he has provided a lovely door prize:
TO Toronto: No one â€“ Kabs stays becuase Burke wants too much and no one will bite!!
Book it, iâ€™m the winner, you will see!
And then two posts laterâ€¦
I will guarantee Kabs is gone this summer! In fact, I will put this Bounty chocolate bar that I was planning on eating tonight on the line. If Kabs some how miraculously doesnâ€™t get dealt then I will send you this delicious chocolate bar for calling it.
Danvertising, I hope that you can savour this victory with as much class and civility as this guy.