Tomas Kaberle's Potential Suitors: Possible Trades

Jack PorterCorrespondent IJuly 3, 2009

MONTREAL - JANUARY 23:  Tomas Kaberle poses for a portrait during the 2009 NHL Live Western/Eastern Conference All-Stars Media Availability at the Queen Elizabeth Fairmont Hotel on January 23, 2009 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

The Toronto Maple Leafs currently have 10 able-bodied defensemen on their roster, only adding to the speculation that long-time Leaf Tomas Kaberle is on the way out via trade.

Based on the Bouwmeester and Pronger trades, I've come up with the mold of any trade for Kaberle—a top six forward, a prospect and a pick. Teams interested in Kaberle include Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Dallas, Pittsburgh, St.Louis, Minnesota and many more.

So with the teams for sure interested, I will give my opinions on some trades—then I want to hear yours.

* The set-up of the trades will change if another Leafs player is included.


To Toronto:

Rights to Kris Versteeg

Kyle Beach

First round pick in 2010

To Chicago:

Tomas Kaberle

Toronto gets a top six forward in Versteeg, a top prospect in Beach, and a first round pick. Chicago does this trade because they have no cap room to sign Versteeg. And with Kane and Toews in line for paydays soon, Chicago needs to dump potential salary now.

You could even look for them to throw in another player as a salary dump. Don't forget they also get a very good defenseman at a cheap price that could help them to a Stanley Cup next year.



To Toronto:

Rights to Phil Kessel

Brad Marchand

First round pick in 2010

To Boston:

Tomas Kaberle

Ryan Hamilton

Second round pick in 2011

Boston GM Peter Chiarelli believes strongly that Phil Kessel has as much trade value as Tomas Kaberle, so any deal will have to be a package-type deal for both teams. This trade puts faith in GM Brian Burke that he can convince Chiarelli that Kaberle has more value.

Toronto gives up a prospect and later pick for a better prospect and higher pick. Toronto also gets their desired top six forward in Kessel.


Los Angeles

To Toronto:

Brayden Schenn

Colten Teubert

Alexander Frolov

First round pick in 2010

To Los Angeles:

Thomas Kaberle

Jiri Tlusty

Burke gets his second Schenn, plus prospect Colten Teubert and a pick. He also gets a top six forward in Alexander Frolov to help now and in the future.

He gives up a lot in Tlusty, but it doesn't look like he is going to be able to play the style coach Ron Wilson demands from his players. It's a little bit of an overpayment, but Burke's going to have to to get Schenn.



To Toronto:

Cory Schneider

Cody Hodgson

Second round pick in 2010

To Vancouver:

Tomas Kaberle

Justin Pogge

Vancouver doesn't have any top six forward they'll be willing to part with in this deal. But Cody Hodgson is good enough, that he makes up for it. By throwing in Pogge, the Leafs could pick up Cory Schneider, but it would downgrade the first round pick to a second. All and all, it would be a solid trade for Toronto.



To Toronto:

James Neal

Ivan Vishnevskiy

First round pick in 2010

To Dallas:

Tomas Kaberle

The Stars get a great puck-moving defenseman to replace Sergei Zubov and the Leafs get everything they want. Neal can play the gritty type of game Burke likes and has the potential to put up some serious numbers. They get a prospect who could one day be a very similar player to Kaberle in Vishnevsky—and, of course, the all important first round pick.



To Toronto:

Jordan Staal

Eric Tangardi

Second Round Pick in 2010

To Pittsburgh:

Tomas Kaberle

Matt Stajan

The Penguins get a third-line center to replace Staal in Stajan, plus one of the best defenseman in the NHL. With the addition of Kaberle, the Pens could repeat their success.

The Leafs get a gritty scorer in Staal, and it gives Jordan the opportunity to finally step out of the shadows cast by Crosby and Malkin and become a No. 1 center in the NHL. They also get one of the best prospects in the game in Tangardi, and a second round pick in 2010, which is something they don't currently have.



To Toronto:

David Perron

Ian Cole

First round draft pick

To St.Louis

Tomas Kaberle

Toronto gets a good young offensive weapon in Perron and a potential puck-moving defenseman in Cole. It gives St.Louis a veteran presences on their blueline and a great puck-moving defenseman. Also, giving up Cole doesn't make the Blues weak in the future because their future powerplay QB is Alex Pietrangelo.



To Toronto:

Cal Clutterbuck

Pierre-Marc Bouchard

Josh Harding

Second round pick in 2010

To Minnesota:

Tomas Kaberle

Alexei Ponikarovsky

Toronto gets the definition of a Burke player in Clutterbuck, plus a top six forward in Bouchard. If they don't sign Gustavsson, Harding is a very good replacement. Minnesota gets their puck-moving defenseman, and a big forward to replace Bouchard in Poni.



So What Are Your Ideas For A Trade?