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Leafs expected to turn up the heat on Kaberle trade in August

TSN.ca Staff

7/26/2010 1:16:41 PM

While teams continue to make inquiries about the availability of defenceman Tomas Kaberle, the Toronto Maple Leafs say that all is quiet at the moment.

It is believed that the Leafs will once again turn up the heat on dealing their blueliner around August 1st when they will contact the teams who have already tabled offers.

At that time the message will be "improve the offers, otherwise Kaberle will be taken off the market."

While Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke has repeatedly said that he is not actively shopping the 32-year old Czech native, he has been listening to offers since Kaberle's no-trade clause expired at the end of the season.  Kaberle has one season remaining on his contract that will see him earn $4.25 million this season.

It is believed that the Leafs are looking for a player and a draft pick for the four-time All-Star.

In 82 games last season, Kaberle had seven goals and 42 assists while posting a career worst -16 plus/minus rating.