We’ve all heard the phrase “buy low, sell high”. That short, simple expression is the very brief explanation as to why Brian Burke completely missed the boat on Tomas Kaberle. I do believe Brian Burke when he said that the recent offers for Kaberle were not good enough. There just isn’t that big of a market for a 32 year old defenseman, coming off a bad year and who is a pending UFA. If I were a Leafs fan, I would not be aggravated that Burke didn’t trade Tomas Kaberle last night.
The real reason to be discouraged with your General Manager is because he became Toronto’s GM on November 29, 2008, and has had MANY opportunities to trade Kaberle, but he has been too stubborn to do so. There were offers at the 2009 trade deadline when the Leafs weren’t making the playoffs anyway; the Bruins offered Kessel for Kaberle and a 1st at the draft in Montreal but Burke said no; he had the entire 2009 offseason after he had signed Komisarek and Beauchemin to trade him; and while the Leafs were struggling during the 2009-10 season, Burke refused to ask Kaberle to waive his no trade clause. Someone, one day, will have to explain to me how Burke traded for Giguere without Giguere waiving his no trade clause.
By the time Burke’s stubbornness wore off and he finally realized that trading Kaberle might be in the team’s best interest, it was too late. Nothing was going to match the offers he had received over the past 22 months. The only reason Tomas Kaberle is still with the Leafs is because of Brian Burke’s complete miscalculation on how close his team was to earning a playoff spot, his failure to realize that when Kaberle’s value was at its highest he should have traded him then, and his stubbornness to ask a player to waive a no trade clause.
This saga will likely end with Kaberle walking as a UFA in the summer of 2011, and you can thank your GM for setting you back even further.
About the Author
Written by Corey Krakower
I am the Director of NHL Content & Habs writer for ProSportsBlogging.com; I have spent 8 seasons behind the bench as a minor hockey coach; and I am the future GM of the Montreal Canadiens (according to my mom). I spend my days managing the Harrow Sports brand in my hometown of Montreal and I moonlight as a Hockey Advisor for Pi Athlete Management. Most importantly, I'll throw anyone under the bus for a laugh.