Before reading any of the other responses, I'd like to say I was really disgusted with the way some fans, media and Fletcher essentially insulted him during his final days here. You just don't do that to the face of your franchise.
Can someone ask me why, on earth fans get irritated because someone oh my god! decides not to lift their NTC/NTM?
If a player decides they don't want to be a rental, and was offered a no trade/movement clause in good faith - why do they HAVE to relinquish it and why do you HATE them if they choose not to? This really puzzles me. Like that's me signing a five year contract at my job, and then in the 4th year, my boss goes, "Well, you know, Lapi; there is this new, really great potential employee we'd like to get, but we don't have the budget to have you and HER, and even though you are amazing, do you mind leaving this job and take this other job in this other building with this different system and MAYBE you'll like it." And then everyone hates me because, I wisely say no and keep what I've got, and then when my contract is over decide to go somewhere else after WAITING and SEEING what my first company is doing and knowing that I'm simply not a part of the new system.
I can't talk about Tucker & McCabe; because I wasn't following hockey at that time (I was living out of the country), and I don't recall Kubina being shipped around [or remember], so the only thing I can comment is Kaberle.
And really, no. Why does Kaberle HAVE to leave so the LEAFS/FANS can have Jeff Carter or whomever the first picks would have been? That's not Kaberle's job. His job is to play defense and play it well. [and quite frankly, he's been kinda lacking in that department, hence why I think ppl are irked]. I don't hate him for holding out if he doesn't like the team. Why should I?
What I personally hate is the no trade clause/no movement clause period. It leads to dull summers, and dull trade deadline days. People toss them out way too easy, and I think it's unnecessary. But I'm not going to be pissed with someone because they have the right to utalise a clause that they negotiated to have.
Put me down as another one who thinks Sundin's number should be honoured for his long-time contributions to the team. As others have pointed out, the Leafs seldom retire numbers (Barilko and Bailey are the only two Leafs who have had their numbers retired, as far as I remember and then there's the league-mandated retirement of Gretzky's #99).
but the leafs retired 99 in loving memory of wilf paiement
you make it public knowledge that you're trying to trade Matts & with no takers because of the asking price,you offer him a contract extension & you expect him to take it ? if thats not a slap in the face, i don't know what is. leaf fan our not thats not right.