Rumor has it that Kaberle will only lift his no-trade clause to the Boston Bruins.
Speculation is rampant as to what the trade would bring Toronto if such a scenario would happen.
What we can say with absolute confidence is that Toronto is not—I repeat NOT—getting their own first round pick back. It’s potentially a very valuable pick, thanks to the fantastically rotten play of the Leafs this season.
This, of course, is all a moot point if Kaberle refuses to waive his NTC.
Worth noting, however, is that there’s a rumor out there that states Kaberle wants a contract extension with Boston in place before he’ll waive a trade.
Let’s assume this is the case—making Kaberle a more valuable trade for Boston.
Here, I present some Boston players who could be coming back, along with maybe some picks.
Lets start with the picks:
Boston’s 2011 first round pick: Possibly anywhere from 18th to 30th overall.
Minnesota’s second round pick owned by Boston.
Phoenix’s third round pick owned by Boston.
Here are some Boston prospects:
Joe Colborne: 16th overall pick in 2008. Big talented playmaking center with potential centering a No. 1 line.
Zach Hamill: Eighth overall pick in 2007. Smallish, but fast center. Plays a physical game full of hustle.
Colby Cohen: 45th overall pick in 2007. Another offensive defenseman Burke could add to our defensive prospects; big kid too, at 6’3" and 215 pounds.
Jordan Caron: 25th overall pick in 2009. Power forward potential who can battle hard and score goals.
Skating is a concern as it’s been called “average,” but that’s typical of a “power forward.”
Here are some Boston roster players:
Michael Ryder: 30 years old, on pace for 23 goals. Makes $4 million this year and is UFA next year.
Blake Wheeler: 24 years old, on pace for 35 points. Was a fifth overall in 2004, but is not living up to his potential. Makes $2.2 million this year and is a RFA next year.
Johnny Boychuck: 27 years old, steady, stay-at-home defenseman. Makes $1.9 million until 2011/12.
Steven Kampfer: 22 years old, stay-at-home defenseman. Rumor has it Burke likes this Ann Arbor, MI native.
Not too big though at 5’10", 188 pounds. Making $852,500 until 2012/13.
Mark Stuart: 26 years old, stay-at-home defenseman. Making $1.7 million until next year, when he becomes UFA.
Andrew Ference: 31 years old, steady 4/5 defenseman. Makes $2.25 million until 2012/13.
Tyler Seguin: Just kidding.
as per TSN's the Dreger Report:
Failing a complete meltdown - which has scuttled at least one previous trade involving the Toronto Maple Leafs, Tomas Kaberle, and the Boston Bruins - there's strong belief that Kaberle will be traded to Boston.
It's unlikely the deal gets done today, but sources say it's close and say the deal doesn't hinge on Kaberle signing an extension with the Bruins.
The dynamics of the trade haven't been entirely worked out and sources indicate the Leafs are waiting for Boston to put the final pieces of the puzzle in place - a process which may take another day or two to finalize.
Cap space is somewhat of an issue for the Bruins - who are believed to be working on a secondary trade (not involving Toronto) to create some cap flexibility.
With the addition of Chris Kelly, Blake Wheeler has become a likely target - primarily because of his $2.2 million salary.
Wheeler is a versatile forward who's comfortable playing both the wing and at centre and is believed to be drawing interest from other teams.