It appears veteran defenceman Tomas Kaberle will be returning to the Toronto Maple Leafs next season.
The Leafs had until 12 a.m. midnight Aug. 16 to deal Kaberle before his no-trade clause kicked back into effect. The stipulation in his contract was lifted for a summer window after the Leafs failed to make the playoffs last season.
In recent weeks, Leafs general manager Brian Burke had said he had no intentions of moving Kaberle and would not ask him to waive his no-trade clause during the regular season.
Kaberle was close to being traded, however, at the NHL Entry Draft in Montreal last June. A deal that would have sent the Leafs defenceman to Boston in exchange for Bruins forward Phil Kessel fell apart when Boston GM Peter Chiarelli thought the trade included Toronto’s seventh overall pick in the draft.
Last season, Kaberle recorded his lowest point total since the 2003-04 season with only four goals and 27 assists in 57 games. He has spent his entire NHL career with the Leafs, who drafted him in the eighth round (204th overall) of the 1996 draft.