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.