Defensemen Under Contract—Trevor Daley ($2.3M), Stephane Robidas ($1.5M), Karlis Skrastins ($1.3M), Mark Fistric ($1.0M), Nicklas Grossman ($0.9M), Matt Niskanen ($0.8M), Jeff Woywitka ($0.6M), Philip Larsen ($0.4M)
By looking at the eight defenseman Dallas has under contract, adding Tomas Kaberle to that list would be a massive upgrade.
Throw in the fact that Marty Turco isn't returning to Dallas, the Stars are in serious need of some help on the back end.
Dallas currently has just over eight million dollars in cap space and they still need to look to try and re-sign James Neal, along with Niklas Grossman, and Matt Niskanen.
The Stars have a pretty good top six and a decent top three lines.
Brad Richards, Jiri Lehtinen, Brenden Morrow, Mike Ribeiro, Loui Eriksson, Jamie Benn, and Steve Ott are all pretty good forwards, especially Eriksson, who is only 23 and Jamie Benn who is 19 and had a solid rookie season.
Throw in a couple of top prospects the Stars have in Scott Glennie and Alex Chiasson, who both play the wing, it may allow Dallas some flexibility in sacrificing a player like James Neal for a someone that would fill a role that the Stars currently desperately need.
I assume if a James Neal-Tomas Kaberle deal were to go down, there would be more players involved.
However, James Neal surely will be looking for a raise and a large one at that, so if Dallas were to deal him for Kaberle, I don't think they would be losing much money in cap space, if at all.
Dallas do have the option to sign James Neal but it would likely leave them with around Four million dollars in cap space, and they would still be a mess in the back end.
For Toronto, it's simple. T
The development of Carl Gunnarsson and Luke Schenn will allow Brian Burke to make it a little easier for him to move Kaberle. Not to mention the trade that brought in Dion Phaneuf, and the signings of Mike Komisarek, Francois Beachuemin, and Nick Lebda.
The Leafs benefit by getting a top six forward in James Neal, of course.
Dallas might also be interested in parting ways with Mike Ribeiro.
This deal would also make sense because it wouldn't massively hurt either team financially. Again, Dallas picks up a puck-moving defensemen and Toronto gets their number one center to play with, Phil Kessel.