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Dreger: Sources say Bruins willing to pay premium for Kaberle

Darren Dreger

2/17/2011 8:37:13 PM

Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke insists there are other teams involved in the hunt for defenceman Tomas Kaberle.

Burke may be talking to a number of different teams who have expressed interest in Kaberle, but unless there is a sudden change of heart in the player, the Boston Bruins remain the clear front-runner.

The dynamics of a deal are still being discussed so it is accurate to say the deal isn't done, but there is a deal likely to be made involving a traditional combination of a draft pick or a top prospect or both. Sources say there's a willingness from the Bruins to pay such a premium.

A trade sending Kaberle to Boston collapsed on the draft floor in 2009, so it's also conceivable the two teams won't be able to reach an agreement, especially if Burke rejects Kaberle's one-team option.

If that were to happen, Kaberle may take full control of this situation, dismiss all trade offers and finish this season in Toronto before diving into the free agent market in July, essentially leaving the Maple Leafs empty-handed. It's unlikely Burke would take such a risk.