Maple Leafs defense-man Tomas Kaberle will be sidelined for the next four to six weeks with a broken right hand.
He suffered the injury during Toronto's 7-4 victory in Denver on Thursday.
The injury to the 30 year-old blue-liner is damaging to the Maple Leafs in many ways.
Not only does the club lose a player with terrific puck sense, passing and skating ability, but also one of its top trading commodity.
Rumor has it that Brian Burke has been shopping Kaberle to various NHL clubs in recent weeks, after the Czech-born defense-man told his general manager he would waive his no-trade clause.
With the NHL trade deadline on March 4, Kaberle may not be available until after this date. That may make Burke's job to move him a difficult one.
It is being suggested that the price tag for Kaberle would likely be a high draft pick.
In 49 games this season, Kaberle has four goals and 26 assists for 30 points, and is a minus 12.
Anton Stralman has been summoned from the minors to take the place of Kaberle.