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Kaberle, Bruins not talking extension

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08:23 AM ET 03.31 | Even if there have been no fruitful conversations, the Bruins would still like to sign defenseman Tomas Kaberle to a long-term deal. The 33-year-old defenseman will become an unrestricted free agent this summer, but both sides are focused on playoffs and Boston's chances to win a Stanley Cup. Just prior to the trade transaction, Peter Chiarelli called Kaberle's agent, Rick Curran, for reassurance that a future discussion could take place regarding a contract extension. Since that point, there has been no communication between the sides in regards to an extension. ... When Chiarelli held a news conference at TD Garden to announce the trade, he made it clear he wants to retain Kaberle's services for the long term, and speaking with ESPNBoston.com Wednesday afternoon, the GM remains steadfast. Chiarelli also said talks would resume when necessary.

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March 31, 2011  08:30 AM ET

Part of the risk of trading away a first-round pick for a guy looking at free agency at season's end, Peter. You overpaid for Kaberle, if you ask me.

March 31, 2011  08:36 AM ET

I'm sure that Kaberle wants to stay with Boston. The only question is can Boston afford the cap hit that he'll demand?

March 31, 2011  08:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Part of the risk of trading away a first-round pick for a guy looking at free agency at season's end, Peter. You overpaid for Kaberle, if you ask me.

*if* he re-signs for 3-5 years, and continues to produce at an equal level, then I do not think the trade was a reach. Kaberle does not play an overly physical game, so no reason to think he could not last as long as a Neidermeyer or Lidstrom.
However, if he walks, then yes Chiarelli overpaid.

March 31, 2011  09:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I'm sure that Kaberle wants to stay with Boston. The only question is can Boston afford the cap hit that he'll demand?

also an excellent point - how much money is he going to demand.
I agree that he would likely want to stay in the East.

March 31, 2011  09:01 AM ET

Tougher spot for Kaberle than Chiarelli, I'd say. Kaberle's value has steadily regressed since sometime around the trade deadline last year. He was not overly good for the Leafs this year and has not set the world on fire as a Bruin either. Makes him more affordable for the Bs, especially if he wants 4 yrs or so.

March 31, 2011  09:22 AM ET

Just heard Kaberles old coach the rottenator will get a new deal in TO next year-only burke can figure 4 years of losing is appropriate-or does he secretly know its his own fault?

March 31, 2011  09:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Just heard Kaberles old coach the rottenator will get a new deal in TO next year-only burke can figure 4 years of losing is appropriate-or does he secretly know its his own fault?

I heard that too HC and laughed my ****ing **** off. Another year of Rotten Ronnie and Burke bashing. Priceless.

<Nice avatar>

March 31, 2011  09:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Just heard Kaberles old coach the rottenator will get a new deal in TO next year-only burke can figure 4 years of losing is appropriate-or does he secretly know its his own fault?

Nice to know you'll have some easy targets besides the Penguins and their fans.

March 31, 2011  09:35 AM ET

Hey guys! Someone started a TD "Basketball is WAY better than hockey". I think we should pay a visit, comment (if necessary) and vote. (I'll also post this in the other stories for today)

March 31, 2011  09:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Just heard Kaberles old coach the rottenator will get a new deal in TO next year-only burke can figure 4 years of losing is appropriate-or does he secretly know its his own fault?

You sure its a new deal? I thought he just committed to letting Ronnie finish out his contract. Did they REALLY extend him?!? Nothing like winning meaningless games to save your job.

March 31, 2011  09:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Just heard Kaberles old coach the rottenator will get a new deal in TO next year-only burke can figure 4 years of losing is appropriate-or does he secretly know its his own fault?

seriously ? well, that makes good sense.

March 31, 2011  09:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Tougher spot for Kaberle than Chiarelli, I'd say. Kaberle's value has steadily regressed since sometime around the trade deadline last year. He was not overly good for the Leafs this year and has not set the world on fire as a Bruin either. Makes him more affordable for the Bs, especially if he wants 4 yrs or so.

but let's see how his playoff performance changes that also...for good or bad...

March 31, 2011  09:58 AM ET
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but let's see how his playoff performance changes that also...for good or bad...

I'm sure he's forgotten what its like in the playoffs.

March 31, 2011  10:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

You sure its a new deal? I thought he just committed to letting Ronnie finish out his contract. Did they REALLY extend him?!? Nothing like winning meaningless games to save your job.

NO he has not been extended. He has 1 year left...I hope he does not get any extention as the only reason it is being bandied about is because of Optimu Riem to begin and end with.
Arrrggg! Wilson is really an Air Head.
Good on an Island maybe...enough said.

March 31, 2011  10:11 AM ET

Optimus Riem. ^

March 31, 2011  10:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

I'm sure he's forgotten what its like in the playoffs.

And your team is who exactly?

March 31, 2011  10:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

I'm sure he's forgotten what its like in the playoffs.

exactly....

March 31, 2011  10:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

And your team is who exactly?

Wings. Not paying attention?

March 31, 2011  10:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#19):

exactly....

Yeah...like the Rangers enjoy the shallow end because they don't ever like to go deep.
OH...wait a minute, it that Mark at my door...let me go see. Yippee...

 
March 31, 2011  10:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#20):

Wings. Not paying attention?

You want fries with that?

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