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article imageNHL: Maple Leaf's Kaberle hints at leaving after this season

By Gordon K. Chan     Apr 7, 2010 in Sports
'He's had enough' says Kaberle's close friend. This has lead many to speculate the very near departure of 10-year Toronto Maple Leaf defenseman.
Interpersonal issues with the coach and another losing season may be the reason for Tomas Kaberle's quick exit after the end of the season.
The veteran blueliner has endured the criticisms of coach Ron Wilson for poor play, leading Kaberle to whisper that he is at "wit's end with that guy".
Ron Wilson has publicly cited Kaberle's plus-minus figures and has spoken to the media with his dissatisfaction with the defenseman's performance.
Kaberle enters the off-season with a year remaining in his contract and without a no-trade clause, thus allowing the club to trade the defenseman without his consent.
Kaberle is still considered a high quality asset and is noted in the Toronto Sun as a "premier pass-first" defenseman that can quarterback the power-play. These attributes are believed to command high value in the open market.
Rumors are swirling that this may the best opportunity for the Maple Leafs to negotiate for Lightning forward Vincent LeCavalier. Sports Ilustrated has suggested that the Maple Leafs could "certainly afford it" to absorb LeCavalier's 11 year "mega-contract", one that is not well written for the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Toronto is a market that "may well appeal to LeCavalier".
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