TORONTO – Tomas Kaberle is still a Toronto Maple Leaf.
The NHL club confirmed early Monday that its longest-tenured player is still with the team. The Maple Leafs were listening to offers from other teams for the veteran defenceman before his no-trade clause kicked in at 12:01 a.m. ET Monday morning.
“The hockey club confirms that Tomas Kaberle remains a Leaf,” general manager Brian Burke said in a statement. “While a number of clubs made offers to trade for Tomas, none of them reflected Tomas’s value to our team.
“I understand a period like this is stressful to the player, and we are pleased that there is a resolution, and we can all continue to prepare for the coming season.”
The 32-year-old has spent his entire career with the Maple Leafs and is the only player remaining from the team’s last playoff season in 2004.
The smooth-skating defenceman has appeared in 820 career games for the Maple Leafs—stretching all the way back to when the team still skated at Maple Leaf Gardens.
Selected in the eighth round of the 1996 draft by Toronto, Kaberle appeared in just two American Hockey League games before making the jump to the NHL. He’s represented the Czech Republic in three Olympics—winning bronze in 2006.
He is the franchise’s second-highest scoring defenceman in history. His 482 points (80-402) trail only the 762 registered by Borje Salming.