Eric Warren/Louis Pisano—Toronto Maple Leafs' Feature Columnist
Warren: The Toronto Maple Leafs will be looking to unload a couple of players at the deadline, ideally Tomas Kaberle.
Kaberle, would help almost any team in the league, the trouble with him is, he has a no trade clause. It is widely publicized that Brian Burke has said that he will not ask Kaberle to waive his no trade. If that is in fact the case, obviously there is little chance of him being moved before the off season when his no trade becomes nullified.
Another advantage of dealing Tomas Kaberle is that his value is likely higher right now than it will be in the off season. Teams who are on the bubble of making the playoffs this year, will likely pay a little more for his services than would say the Washinigton Capitals or San Jose Sharks.
The Detroit Red Wings would be an excellent fit for Tomas Kaberle. With a somewhat aging defensive corps, he could add some much needed speed and powerplay skills. The Red Wings currently sit tenth in the Western Conference and Tomas Kaberle could be exactly what the doctor ordered.
With several Detroit players becoming free agents as well this year, including four defense men, it seems to be a good fit. As far as what Detroit can offer Toronto in return. Patrick Eaves may be a good fit in Toronto and though he hasn't displayed a lot of the potential that it was thought he had, often times a major change of scenery and some long term security can shake a good player back into consciousness.
Perhaps a deal along the lines of, Kaberle to Detroit for Patrick Eaves, a high pick and goaltending prospect Daniel Larsson from Swift Current.
Pisano: Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Tomas Kaberle's name has been in the mix since trade talks began and pretty much since the beginning of the season.
While there's a tight window for the Leafs to deal him, it's almost guaranteed GM's have been talking with Toronto GM Brian Burke about the star Czech defenseman. Kaberle could bring a first round pick and a NHL caliber player back to Toronto.