Kaberle’s father keeps saga alive

Tomas Kaberle #15 of the Toronto Maple Leafs
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Maple Leafs defenceman Tomas Kaberle’s(notes) time in Toronto could be cut short, according to his dad.

As first reported by the blog Pension Plan Puppets and later picked up by the Toronto Sun, Kaberle’s father, Frantisek, told Czech hockey magazine Hokej that he can’t see the defenceman returning to the Leafs as long as head coach Ron Wilson remains behind the bench.

“I think that during the course of the year he will be traded to another club,” the elder Karberle is quoted as saying. “There is only one chance for Toronto to get something back in return for Tomas now. In my opinion, I can’t see Tomas entering a new contract with Toronto. Not if Ron Wilson continues to be employed there.”

“I cannot imagine how he will get along with coach Wilson, who relies primarily on aggression and stress,”

The defenceman has a no-trade clause that has been a contentious issue for the Leafs in the past, with team general manager Brian Burke failing to move the 32-year-old last weekend before the window of opportunity for a deal closed in his contract with Toronto.

Kaberle has spent his entire NHL career with the Leafs after being drafted in the eighth-round by the team in 1996 and is the only player left on the squad to have made the playoffs with the team in 2004.

With no imminent sign of trade in sight, the senior Kaberle says he expects his son to be a good solider with the Leafs regardless of what happens.

“I think that Tomas won’t even comment on (trade possibilities) anymore,” he said. “He is content in Toronto with both the club and the city.

“I still think though that some change would be welcomed.”

Kaberle is the Leafs second-highest scoring defenceman in club history, with 80 goals and 402 assists, following Borje Salming with 762 points.

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Updated Friday, Aug 20, 2010