GM: No Tomas Kaberle deal in place

Updated: February 17, 2011, 3:57 PM ET
ESPNBoston.com

There may be a trade involving Toronto defenseman Tomas Kaberle before the Feb. 28 trade deadline, but as of Thursday afternoon, Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke said no deal was in place.

In an interview with NHL Live!, Burke denied a CSNNE.com report which said Kaberle was headed to the Boston Bruins in a package that would involve Blake Wheeler and a draft pick.

"If we found something that was attractive and went back to the agent, Tomas might be receptive to that, but that's far from clear or far from done," said Burke, who reiterated that he would honor Kaberle's no-trade clause.

Burke also denied reports Boston is the only team to which Kaberle would accept a trade.

"I wouldn't accept those terms, that's not fair to us," Burke said. "That's not true that the deal is done with Boston. ... We continue to talk to multiple teams and we'll see where it goes."

Burke said he would go to Kaberle with a deal once he had a serious offer to consider, but that scenario hasn't happened yet.

"I'm not going to bug him every time a GM calls me about Tomas Kaberle," Burke added. "Tomas and I have not had one conversation about this. I'm leaving him alone. He's played really well for us. He's a quality person. I am leaving him alone and dealing with [agent] Rick Curran. Rick has requested radio silence on this, and by and large that's been the case and we've certainly respected that."

Having said that, Burke said the Maple Leafs are not done dealing. The GM, who has repeatedly made it known he likes to complete deals well ahead of trade-deadline day, has already made two significant trades: Toronto traded forward Kris Versteeg to Philadelphia for a pair of 2011 draft picks Monday, less than a week after sending Francois Beauchemin to Anaheim.

"We're not done, we're going to be making some more moves," Burke said.

As of Thursday morning, the Maple Leafs are six points out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, but Burke said he didn't want to make moves that just got the Leafs into the playoffs. He wants something more for his team.

"Getting in the eighth spot and getting spanked in the first round, that doesn't do a hell of a lot for me," he said.

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