For the better part of a year now, trade talks have surrounded Tomas Kaberle, the Toronto Maple Leafs' top defenseman. Kaberle, who will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2010-11 season, will likely demand north of $4 million per year on the open market.
Kaberle is the quarterback of the team's power play and has piled up 85 assists in the last three seasons. Although the Leafs are deep defensively, they will need to find a replacement for Tomas Kaberle whether he leaves via a trade or in free agency this offseason.
The unrestricted free agent pool is deep on defense, but the Leafs also have the luxury of looking within the organization for Kaberle's successor, with a number of talented blue line prospects sitting below Kaberle on the depth chart.
Here are the 10 most likely candidates to replace Tomas Kaberle for the Maple Leafs in 2011.