By Joe Haggerty
BOSTON Things are reaching a fever pitch here in Boston with the Tomas Kaberle trade talks. Rumors, whispers and any kind of info are on the front burner for everyone in both the Hub and Toronto, but things arent that close to being a deal yet between the Leafs and Bs. CSNNE.com has checked with several hockey sources that indicated the All-Star Maple Leafs defenseman hasnt yet been asked to waive his no-trade clause despite the fact both Bruins President Cam Neely and Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke told 98.5 the Sports Hub that the two teams are talking trade.A hockey source also indicated to CSNNE.com that any potential deal with the Leafs is centered on a package of Blake Wheeler or Mark Stuart, a draft pick believed to be a third round draft pack and possibly a prospect from the Bs organization close to contributing at the NHL level.Burke was in Boston to watch Zach Hamill play last week, so it would be logical he could be a player that both sides are discussing, but sources couldnt confirm or deny Hamills involvement. Burke said he made a promise to Kaberle and agent Rick Curran that he wouldnt go public with any discussions pertaining to a trade of the four-time All-Star defender, so the general manager wouldnt confirm that talks with Boston involve Kaberle.Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet.ca reported earlier that Kaberle indicated to the Leafs hed only waive his no trade to go to Boston, and based on both need and salary cap space Kaberle is something of a perfect fit for the Bs needs. The soon-to-be 33-year-old would lead the Bruins with his 36 points on the season, and his 21 power play assists this season would be the salve that a struggling Bs PP unit desperately needs.A bogus Darren Dreger twitter account had the Bruins on the verge of dealing David Krejci to the Maple Leafs in exchange for Kaberle, but thats ridiculous on several levels. Its way too much to give up for a rental player only under contract for the rest of this season, and it would leave the Bs woefully short at center.
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Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while knowing that “Saturdays are for the boys” no longer exists once you are married with kids…except during glorious bachelor party weekends, which are few and far between.
*Congrats to Patrick Williams, who was named the Ellery Award winner for his great coverage of all things at the AHL level. Well deserved, Pat!
*A really moving, heartbreaking and also life-affirming tribute from Bobby Ryan to his recently-passed mother after his childhood experience really forged a bond.
*The Tyson Barrie/Colorado Avalanche arbitration case has a chance to get messy, and that may be a very good thing for teams hoping a D-man suddenly becomes available.
*Some great stories about the hockey movies made over the last 30 years including Sudden Death, Mystery Alaska and Slap Shot.
*Kudos to Gabriel Landeskog, who has joined an organization attempting to advise athletes on recovery from concussions after his scary experiences.
*The focus of P.K. Subban’s philanthropy is on the kids, a thing made abundantly clear by his generous pledge to raise $10 million from a Montreal children’s hospital.
*Good piece by FOH (Friend of Haggs) Josh Cooper over at Yahoo! Sports on Murray Craven as a bit of an “Everything Man” for the new Las Vegas expansion franchise.
*For something completely different: what a great American and Patriot looks like, even if the Republicans and Trump don’t seem to think so.
Here are the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while using “malarkey” in my day-to-day vocabulary as much as possible.
-- Dale Tallon was promoted with the Florida Panthers to accentuate his strengths as a talent evaluator, but maintains that he still has final say on hockey decisions.
-- PHT writer Cam Tucker has another young D-man off the board with the Wild’s Matthew Dumba signing a two year, $5.1 million deal with Minnesota.
-- In the interest of self-promotion, here’s my take on the negotiations between Brad Marchand and the Bruins: There’s a couple of good signs at the outset of negotiations.
-- The Arizona Coyotes are stressing the defensive side of things in a big, big way, and it appears to be part of John Chayka’s master plan.
-- Alex Pietrangelo would be a natural selection to replace David Backes as the next captain of the St. Louis Blues.
-- A moving letter from Sens forward Bobby Ryan to his recently passed mother is up at the Players Tribune website.
-- Chris Kreider has re-signed with the New York Rangers, and plans to get out of his head and onto the score sheet more often.
-- For something completely different: Jerod Mayo will bring a new voice to Tom E. Curran’s Quick Slants program on our very own CSN network.