Sunday, January 17, 2010

Signs that Tomas Kaberle may be considering waiving his no-trade clause

Brian Burke surprised observers last week when he emphatically told reporters that he wouldn't ask Tomas Kaberle to waive his no-trade clause. But while Burke initially seemed to close the door on any deal, he did admit that he would consider a trade if Kaberle approached him first.

That seems to put the ball in Kaberle's court. And while the classy defenceman hasn't made any public comment, those closest to him say he's been sending some subtle signals that he may be considering a move.

With the March 4 trade deadline approaching, here are ten signs that Kaberle might be ready to finally waive his NTC:

  • Brian Burke asked him for a list of ten teams; he gave Burke a list of 40 teams.

  • He's been heard muttering about not having to put up with Ron Wilson anymore after the first week of March, in contrast to the rest of his teammates who mutter about not having to put up with Ron Wilson anymore after about the third week of March.

  • For reasons nobody is quite clear on, his spot on the first powerplay unit has been given to Jay Leno.

  • Was overheard telling a friend that it might be "an interesting change of pace" to have some teammates who were good at playing hockey.

  • He's already started ignoring Kevin Lowe's phone calls.

  • Has been toying with adding new elements to his game to make himself more attractive to other teams, such as maybe shooting the damn puck every once in a while.

  • His coffee table is littered with change of address cards for various Czech scrapbooking magazines.

  • Concerned younger teammates report that he's constantly talking about participating in some kind of bizarre post-season elimination tournament where the winner gets a giant trophy, as if such a thing actually exists.

  • New postgame ritual: go home, get drunk, fire up NHL 10, trade self to contending team, turn off console, cry.

  • He's already working on his playoff unibrow.




13 comments:

  1. Excellent post, once again! And goddamn that Leno buggerer for taking everything good away from people. Don Cherry better keep his head up.

    Also, I remember the good ol'days of the mighty playoff unibrow!

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  2. •Brian Burke asked him for a list of ten teams; he gave Burke a list of 40 teams.

    I hear that the Marlies are going to be needing defensemen

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  3. New Post game ritual!!! ha ha ha ha!

    sounds an awful lot like my post game ritual, only mine has more crying.

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  4. I'm sure Boston will take him off your hands but you might have to throw in a half dozen draft picks.

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  5. Thank god the Leafs haven't gone far in the playoffs lately; I'd hate to see that unibrow in full-plume.

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  6. The postgame ritual and the crazy talk about that "bizarre post-season elimination tournament" are great. Actually, the whole thing's awesome.

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  7. Awesome as always . Jay Leno LOL

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  8. Hilarious. This is just Part 1 of 3, right?

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  9. New postgame ritual: go home, get drunk, fire up NHL 10, trade self to contending team, turn off console, cry.

    I do this every day, except with my be a pro, and I cry because I never made it :(

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  10. "Concerned younger teammates report that he's constantly talking about participating in some kind of bizarre post-season elimination tournament where the winner gets a giant trophy, as if such a thing actually exists."

    Brilliant.

    You know what they say, too, that all good comedy comes from a source of pain... so, yeah.

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  11. Is that really Kaberle in the picture? It sort of looks like John Stevens. ;) Or rather...
    :,(...................

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  12. the ultimate sign: kaberle jerseys are on 50% off sale at the nhl shop.

    http://shop.nhl.com/family/index.jsp?categoryId=3233107&y=14&x=16&s=D-StorePrice-NHL&clickid=hmp_topnav3_img&view=all

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