The Leafs Trade Kaberle To BostonShareThis
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It’s official – Toronto has traded Tomas Kaberle to the Boston Bruins for a late first round draft pick, highly touted prospect Joe Colborne, and a conditional pick (which will be a second or third rounder if Kaberle re-signs with Boston, or if Boston makes the Cup final).
That’s some terrific return right there. But, it makes sense - cornerstone defensemen are tough to come by, and those that are acquired are getting a healthy chunk of money (as Dustin Byfuglien’s new 5-year 26 million dollar deal would attest).
And, I’ve written this before – when you can see you’re that close to being a Cup contending team, I say you sell out for it. Which is why I get mad that Philly doesn’t do what they have to do to get someone legit – not just “good” - in net. Same with Washington. From Boston’s standpoint too, you just got Seguin and you have two more top round picks coming up in the next couple years, so you can afford to sell off a few legit prospects, no matter how much you like some of them.
And if you’re a Maple Leafs fan…. well la-dee-da, look at you guys getting the opportunity to be excited about a trade. Most Leafites generally harumph about the half-ass rebuild attempt the Burke era has brought them, so they need not bitch anymore.
Colborne will probably be ready to be an NHL center by the 2012-13 season, which basically means just ride out next year, he’ll probably get some games and NHL exposure, and further fill out until he’s “there.” Add two fairly high picks on top of what they got for Versteeg, and it may be a long haul on the road to redemption, but at least the Leaf road is finally leading somewhere.
Maple Leafs fans have one major thing going for them – Burke will pull the trigger on a deal if and when he has the chance to add a legit NHL star. I’m an Islanders fan. We have like, 15 million in available cap space and are spending even less than that. The rebuild has been slow, but with a lot of our drafted talent rounding into form, we could sign guys like Zach Parise and Brad Richards in the off-season, combine them with our talented young group and boom – you’re fighting for home ice in the playoffs.
Alas, that’ll never happen.
For Maple Leaf fans, when the house is almost rebuilt, your organization isn’t afraid to put a roof on it.