Burke denies Bruins have made big pitch for Kaberle Staff

3/2/2009 2:42:31 PM

Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke is denying rumours that the Bruins have made a big pitch to acquire veteran blueliner Tomas Kaberle.

One rumour that made the rounds was that the Eastern Conference-leading Bruins offered their first- and third-round picks in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft, as well top prospect Joe Colborne(Clarification: Contrary to various earlier reports, the Boston Herald never reported this trade was on the table.  It was only presented as a rumour in the Sunday edition.) 

Burke shot down the rumour on Monday.

“It's not true, a total fabrication,” Burke told TSN.  “I sat with (Boston GM) Peter Chiarelli for the first period of Saturday's game in Boston and we never discussed Tomas Kaberle. We hadn't spoken about Kaberle before that and we most certainly haven't since then. There is no truth to it at all. None.”

The 31-year-old Kaberle returned to the Maple Leafs lineup Saturday after missing more than a month with a broken bone in his hand. Although he has a no-trade clause in his contract, the smooth skating Czech-born defenceman has given Burke a list of 10 teams - all in the Eastern Conference - he would be willing to accept a trade to. The Bruins are suspected to be one of those 10 teams.

Kaberle has two years remaining on his contract which sees him earn $4.25 million per season.  In 731 career NHL games - all with the Leafs - the four-time All-Star has 73 goals and 360 assists.